With B.J. Dunbar as the catalyst, Lee’s Summit North raced past host Blue Springs South 66-45 in the Class 5 District 14 championship Friday night.

The only doubt was the final score.

With B.J. Dunbar as the catalyst, Lee’s Summit North raced past host Blue Springs South 66-45 in the Class 5 District 14 championship Friday night.

North (19-7) claimed its first district title since 2006 and fourth in school history and advanced to a Class 5 sectional contest against Saturday’s Rockhurst-Grandview winner  at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Independence Events Center.

Dunbar said its was his finest game. His play proved that.

The quicker-than-a-hiccup senior poured in a career-high 28 points, just missing the individual boys school record for a single game by two. He hit 10 of 15 shots and also had five rebounds.

South had no answer for not only for Dunbar, but North’s three other quick and talented guards, Kenny Berry, P.J. Lewis and Will Harrington. The quartet accounted for 53 points.

“I felt good,” Dunbar said. “We felt confident we could win, but we never underestimate anyone. We take it game by game.”

Berry’s 3-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer gave North a 16-14 first-quarter lead it never surrendered.

With Dunbar scoring eight points, the Broncos outscored South 13-7 in the second quarter for a 29-21 halftime lead. Darrion Geiger had the Jaguars’ only basket of the quarter.

Still, South trailed by only nine, 43-34, after three quarters. Then North finally punched its ticket to the state playoffs with 23 fourth-quarter points as Dunbar capped his banner game with 11.

“They told me I needed two points to tie the school record and were hoping I could get a 3,” Dunbar said.

It didn’t happen, but the Broncos were still on their way to the playoffs.

“They were good off the dribble,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “They hurt us with their defensive pressure. Give them credit. The better team won.

“But I am really proud of these guys,” he said in summing up a 12-15 season. “They fought through some adversity the middle of the season. I am really proud of the guys. They showed a lot of heart.”

North’s guard play was a major factor. Broncos coach Mike Hilbert said defense was the big key, however.

“After the first quarter we stopped them from the driving lanes,” Hilbert said. “(Shawn) Meyer had 19 and 18 points the last two games we played them (in Suburban Big Seven play). We really cut down his effectiveness.”

Meyer had only 11 points with seven coming on free throws.

“Coach said we had to stop their guards and battle the boards and we didn’t accomplish our job,” said Meyer, who was South’s season-long leading scorer.

North’s success could also be attributed to 26-of-48 shooting, a 26-18 rebounding edge and only eight turnovers. South shot 13 of 39 from the field and committed 16 turnovers.

“It was a great win,” said Berry, who had 12 points. “We kept attacking. We got them tired. He (Dunbar) is amazing. He is our senior leader and sets the example.”

Geiger and Meyer shared South scoring honors with 11 points each. Brandon Murillo added eight.

Lewis and Chase Salazar each had nine for North.

North rolled despite only two points from 6-foot-9 junior David Kravish. He left the game after the opening two minutes and didn’t return until four minutes were left in the third quarter because of the flu. He made his presence felt when did play with seven rebounds and three blocks.