Statistics can be deceiving.
Fort Osage had a season-low eight turnovers and shot in nine 3-pointers – two statistics that usually result in a victory.
Statistics can be deceiving.
Fort Osage had a season-low eight turnovers and shot in nine 3-pointers – two statistics that could result in a victory.
That was not the case, as the Indians suffered a 64-51 Suburban Middle Six loss to visiting Raytown Friday night.
The Indians had no answer for Raytown senior Josh Gibbs in falling to 5-12 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
“We knew he was a good player,” said Fort Osage’s Ryan Baldin, who hit three -3-pointers on the way to collecting 13 points and tying teammate Ja’Wan Davis for scoring honors. “He gets lots of his points off offensive rebounds.”
Gibbs scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds with half leading to follow baskets.
As for his play, Baldin said he could have done better.
“The third quarter killed us,” he said. “Usually, its the second quarter”
All four Fort Osage field goals in the third quarter were 3-pointers, enabling the Indians to pull within 41-39.
Then Raytown went on an 11-0 run for safe 52-39 edge and set up a foul-filled fourth quarter. The Blue Jays (8-10, 3-3) hit 9 or 17 free throws in the quarter in protecting the lead.
Fort Osage was 5 of 24 in the quarter. Many were 3-pointers in a desperate but losing attempt to get back into the game.
Gibbs missed tying his career high by four points, which he set last season.
“If I had hit my free throws I could have tied it and I’m usually a good free throw shooter,” he said. He was 9 of 13 at the line.
“We are beginning to come together at the right time,” he said. “Come district time we will be ready for anyone.”
Raytown had a season-low seven turnovers and dominated the backboards, including 14-11 offensively. The edge was 12-4 after three quarters.
Runs of 10-0 and 11-0 also sparked the Blue Jays.
The first came after Alex Greer hit a trey to pull Fort Osage into a 30-30 tie to begin the second half. The 10-0 run made it 40-30 that Fort Osage closed to 41-39 only to be hit by the game-deciding 11-0 Raytown run.
“Offensive rebounds and cutting down on the turnovers,” said Raytown coach Mark Scanlon in summing up the win. “Gibbs is a good player. We played well.”
Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson agreed Gibbs was a big difference in the game.
“He created a lot of stuff,” he said. “It was good for us to have only eight turnovers but bad we created only seven. Our press wasn’t working and leading to layups. We are taking two steps forward and one step back. You live and die by the three.”
Half of the Fort Osage baskets were treys. The Indians finished a cold 18 of 57 from the field. Raytown was 24 of 51.
Frank Williams added 11 points and Brandon Finch 10 to the Raytown attack.
Raytown was a 57-47 junior varsity winner as Robert Hinton lead a balanced attack with nine points. Chris Hamilton’s 14 points 14 and Shayne Parsons’ 13 guided the Indians.