The Grain Valley boys basketball team used a balanced attack and pulled away in the second half to remain undefeated in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
Leading 35-26 at halftime, the Eagles outscored visiting Excelsior Springs 38-22 in the second half to seal a 73-49 victory Tuesday night.
Tate Collum scored a team-high 18 points as 10 players scored for Grain Valley, which improved to 16-2 overall and 3-0 in the MRVC West.
Ethan Macoubrie added 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, Josh Kilpatrick had 10 points and five rebounds and Andru Garrett contributed nine points for Grain Valley.
LIBERTY NORTH 59, TRUMAN 36: After trailing for most of the game, the Patriots cut the Eagles’ lead to seven in the third.
But North came back with a strong finish and won the fourth quarter 18-6 in a win over Truman Tuesday.
"We need to rebound better,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. That was our biggest issue. We got stops and could not finish the possession. Right now we have some young players struggling when they are defended by good athletes. I tell our guys other teams scout us, and they know what our strengths and weakness are. Our strength is using the other four players on the floor and play as a team."
Keaton Wiley lead Truman with 11 points.
OAK PARK 89, FORT OSAGE 63: Oak Park used a big second quarter to fend off an early challenge from Fort Osage for a Suburban Middle Six victory Tuesday.
The Northmen led the Indians 18-12 after one quarter but took command with a 27-13 advantage in the second for a 45-25 halftime lead.
Chad Sederwall scored 15 points and Jared Larson each added 10 points to lead Fort Osage (5-13, 0-4 Middle Six).
“They came out and sank a couple 3-pointers to start the second and ended the period on a 10-0 run,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We came out and took it to them to start the third but we couldn’t complete it.”
Division I recruit Ochai Agbaji poured in 31 points to lead Oak Park (15-2, 3-1), which is ranked seventh in the state in Class 5.
HARRISONVILLE 67, OAK GROVE 66: Oak Grove had a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter Tuesday but couldn’t hold off Ryan Byrd and Harrisonville in an MRVC West road loss.
Oak Grove (12-5, 2-1 MRVC West) outscored the Wildcats 22-17 in the third quarter to take the lead into the final period, but Byrd scored 22 of his 32 points in the second half to lead Harrisonville (11-6, 2-1) to the comeback.
After a pair of free throws put the Wildcats ahead 67-66, the Panthers missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“This was our fifth game in a week and honestly I think we were a little tired down the stretch,” Panthers coach Ty Hames said. “We didn’t play very good defense in the second half and we need to do a better job of that.”
Trey Bryant scored 17 points to lead the Panthers. Jaxon Althaus added 15 points, Dylon Pfeifer had 13 and Kenton Wilhoit contributed 10.
VAN HORN 62, BUTLER 36: Van Horn jumped to a big lead early and cruised to a Crossroads Conference home victory Tuesday night.
The Falcons grabbed a 21-11 lead after one quarter and extended it to 33-15 by halftime to take command.
Chase Siedlik fired in 21 points as the Falcons improved to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Daisy Washington added 16 points and Lexi Robinson chipped in with nine.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 66, STALEY 61: North head coach Tricia Lillygren earned her 400th career coaching win and her team improved to 11-4 with a non-conference win Monday night at Staley.
Tiana Gipson led all scorer with 32 points and Aiyana Johnson added 16 for the Broncos.