The Fort Osage boys basketball team made it another close call.
But another small lull cost the Indians in a 68-62 Suburban Middle Six loss to the Staley Falcons Wednesday night.
The Indians fought back from 52-45 deficit after three quarters to pull within two points late, but Staley sank four straight free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
“We had a little bad section at the end of the third (quarter) and start of the fourth,” Indians coach Josh Wilson said after his team finished its regular season at 6-18 overall and 1-9 in the conference. “I was very encouraged; our kids played hard for 32 minutes but six minutes did not go our way, and those six minutes continue to hurt us.”
Nick Dye provided a spark for Fort Osage, sinking four 3-pointers for 13 points. Ty Baker scored a team-high 15 points and Dez Griswold also added 13.
The game was close throughout with Staley grabbing a 24-21 lead and maintaining a 38-35 lead at halftime.
Fort Osage meets Truman at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Truman in its Class 5 District 15 opener.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 80, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 64: Strong second and third quarters helped Lee’s Summit North overcome a first-quarter deficit for a Suburban Big Seven win over host Blue Springs South Wednesday.
Blue Springs South grabbed a 19-11 lead after the opening period but the Broncos outscored the Jaguars 23-13 in the second to go ahead 34-32 at halftime. North then used a 22-12 advantage in the third to pull away.
“We were good enough offensively to stay in the game for a while, even though we really struggled to get stops,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said. “Lee’s Summit North continued to make plays on offense in the second half, and they built a lead we couldn’t overcome.”
Ethan Swanegan scored 14 points and DJ Hyde added 11 to lead the Jaguars (10-14, 4-7 Big Seven).
OAK PARK 77, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 60: William Chrisman couldn’t overcome a 20-13 first-quarter deficit as Oak Park slowly pulled away for a Suburban Middle Six win Wednesday.
Ochai Agbaji, a University of Kansas recruit, scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the third to fuel a 28-16 run to seal it for the Northmen.
Isaiah Jackson scored 10 points and Daniel Carson, Jalen Moore and Marcus Wigfall each added eight to lead the Bears, who finished the regular season at 10-15 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
LIBERTY 75, TRUMAN 47: The Patriots led 6-4 early in the first quarter then Liberty took over the game and never looked back in a Suburban Big Six win Wednesday.
"We dug ourselves a big hole the first half,” said Truman coach Rod Briggs, whose team fell to 3-21 overall and 0-10 in league play. “I felt like we needed to spread out some playing time so we played a lot of people. Our goal was to win the the third quarter, and we did that. But we failed in the fourth to win that quarter."
"We really just seemed like the minute the boys arrived today, they not ready to play. We can make the excuse of no school and no practice yesterday, but this late in the season that should not matter."
Truman plays Fort Osage next Monday at 7:30 in the first round of district play.
ROCKHURST 81, BLUE SPRINGS 40: Rockhurst jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the first quarter and lead 50-16 at halftime and never looked back as the Wildcats fell in a non-conference game Wednesday.
The Wildcats (9-15) were led by RJ Lawrence with 13 points and Justin Smith added nine.
NORTH KANSAS CITY 63, FORT OSAGE 33: The Hornets dominated the first half as they won the first 22-4 and went into halftime up 43-15 in a rout of the Indians (11-12, 3-6) during a Suburban Middle Six showdown.
Alecia Monday and Hailey Chase led Fort Osage with eight points each.