Another huge game by the Blue Springs boys basketball team’s “Big Two” wasn’t enough to save the Wildcats Friday.
Despite a combined 65 points from Daniel Parker Jr. and RJ Lawrence, the Lee’s Summit Tigers outscored the Wildcats 18-15 in overtime to claim an 85-82 Suburban Big Seven victory Friday at Blue Springs High School.
Parker poured in 15 first-quarter points on his way to 41 points and Lawrence had five of his 24 points in the first as the Wildcats jumped to a 20-13 lead.
Blue Springs led 53-44 entering the final quarter but Lee’s Summit, led by 11 points from Will Eames, outscored the Wildcats 23-14 in the fourth to tie it at 67 and send it to overtime.
“Tough loss after putting together a solid 28-minute effort to fall flat at the end again,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “We’ve been through a very rough stretch of games. Our kids are learning that it takes a special group to win games in this conference. We show lots of potential and compete every night. But finishing the game and making game-winning decisions down the stretch has been our downfall the last three games. Lee’s Summit’s a very good team and played their tails off to get back in the game and go away with the win.”
No other player for Blue Springs (7-12, 1-6 Big Seven) finished with more than five points. Eames finished with 30 to lead the Tigers.
LIBERTY 65, TRUMAN 56: Truman couldn’t complete a fourth-quarter rally in a Suburban Big Six home loss to Liberty Friday.
Trailing 44-32 entering the fourth quarter, the Patriots cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to six before Liberty held on with Jalen Lewis icing the game at the free throw line.
"I am proud of how hard our team played tonight,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “We played well except we missed some easy shots in the second quarter."
Kaimen Lennox scored 21 points and Sam Billimon added 13 to pace Truman (3-16).
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 67, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 57: Blue Springs South couldn’t recover from a 41-30 halftime deficit in a Suburban Big Seven home loss to the No. 1-state-ranked Titans Friday.
“We made some plays early, but Lee’s Summit West capitalized on our mistakes throughout the game,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said after his team dropped to 8-11 overall and 2-5 in the conference. “It’s tough to play against a talented and well-coached team even if you are mistake free, but you have to give them all the credit for speeding us up and forcing mistakes.”
Jaylon McDaniel scored 13 points, Ethan Swanegan added 10 and Khayden Hooks had nine to lead South.
STALEY 86, FORT OSAGE 77: Fort Osage couldn’t hold on to a 34-32 halftime lead and dropped a Suburban Middle Six road game to Staley.
Staley outscored the Indians 27-15 in the third quarter to take command with a 59-49 lead.
“The third quarter just killed us,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We played really good defense in the first half against a really good offensive team. But we had another one of those lulls we have this year. It was a 2-point game and they hit a couple threes and, bam, it was an 11-point lead for them.”
Dez Griswold fired in 27 points, Levi Sage had 19 and Xavier Kahube added 16 to lead the Indians (5-14, 0-5). Nick Rumbo poured in 30 points to lead Staley.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 65, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 54: Lee’s Summit North used a strong first half to continued its Friday night magic this season with a Suburban Big Seven home win over Ray-Pec Friday.
Mikel Henderson sank four 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 24 points for the Broncos (10-8, 3-4 Big Seven).
North jumped to a 37-19 halftime lead and built the advantage to as much as 23 in the second half to claim the win. Elijah Farr scored 15 points, Logan Jenkins and Javaunte Hawkins both added 10 as the Broncos remained unbeaten on Fridays this season.
VAN HORN 55, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 48: Van Horn outscored host Summit Christian 15-6 in the fourth quarter to break a tie and claim a Crossroads Conference win.
The Falcons (12-3, 2-1) grabbed a 14-6 lead but Summit Christian tied it at 26 at halftime with a 20-12 advantage in the second quarter.
Lexi Robinson and Dasiah Tatum each scored 14 points to lead Van Horn.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 44, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 27: Lee’s Summit North held visiting Ray-Pec to just four points combined in the second and third quarters to post a Suburban Big Seven home win Friday.
After a 9-2 run in the second quarter for a 25-13 lead, the Broncos (12-5, 6-1) pulled away with an 11-2 advantage in the third.
Aiyana Johnson scored 13 points, Anija Frazier added 11 and Tiana Gipson had eight to power the Broncos.