Coach remembers working tournament while player at Jewell
It will be a different kind of experience for Josh Wilson in the 29th Bank Midwest/William Jewell Holiday tournament.
As a player at Jewell, he spent four days working at the tournament.
He returned as a coach today when the sixth-seeded Indians met third-ranked Hickman Mills (5-1) at 10:30 a.m. in a Patterson Division game.
Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit West, Raytown and Truman are also among the 24 competing teams.
“Including practice I was there about 12 hours a day,” Wilson said of the tournament. “The basketball players had various duties assigned by coach (Larry) Holley.”
It is only the seventh Fort Osage tournament appearance and the first since 2000. The Indians replaced William Chrisman, which competed at Jewell 25 times. The Bears are playing in a tournament this weekend in San Diego.
“We have a tough first opponent,” Wilson said. “They are fast, quick and do a lot of good things. But they are beatable.
“We have taken kids to the tournament the past three years and they really liked it. We will be back at full strength now that E.J. Gaines is back.”
With a win the Indians (1-3) would play the Park Hill South/Raymore-Peculiar winner at 1:30 p.m. Monday. If they lose they would play at noon Saturday.
Blue Springs: The fourth-seeded Wildcats take on fifth-ranked Warrensburg at 9 tonight in the Cardinal Division.
“I don’t know a lot about Warrensburg,” coach Frank Wheeler said. “I know they have a nice guard and big man. We are going to have to play well.”
The Wildcats have a 39-30 record in 24 previous tourney appearances.
“We have been there since I’ve been here (at Blue Springs),” Wheeler “It’s part of the tradition. It’s the only local tournament we play in other than our own.”
A win advances the Wildcats against the Lee’s Summit West/Platte County winner at 6 p.m. Monday. If they lose they play a 10:30 a.m. Saturday consolation game.
TRUMAN: As a 41-20 record indicates, Truman (5-2) has experienced great success in its 19 previous tournament appearances.
“We love playing in the tournament,” Truman coach Billy Guinnee said. “There are a lot of teams and you don’t have to sit around during the holidays. You play teams you don’t normally see.”
The Patriots are seeded No. 5 in the Nelson Division and meet fourth-seeded O’Hara at 6 p.m. Saturday. A victory would send Truman against likely top-seeded Columbia Rock Bridge, one of the state’s top teams, at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
“You just have to take it the way it comes out,” Guinnee said of the bracket. “I would love to get a chance to play them (Rock Bridge).”
With the return of Tyler Sevy the Patriots are at full strength again.
“He gives us another inside presence,” Guinnee said of the 6-foot-7 senior.
Truman comes off an 85-78 victory over rival William Chrisman.
“We played a great game,” Guinnee said. “Our younger kids really stepped up and were not intimidated.”
A loss to O’Hara would force Truman to play a 9 a.m. Monday consolation game against likely Staley.
Raytown is seeded No. 4 in the Patterson Division and faced fifth-seeded Lincoln Prep in the tournament opener at 9 a.m. today.
With a win the Blue Jays would meet the Grandview-Cameron winner at noon Monday. With a loss they play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
West’s first game is at 7:30 tonight against Platte County. The Titans will be favored to advance to meet the Blue Springs-Warrensburg winner.