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Examiner
  • Wildcat rally comes too late

  • A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn't enough for the Blue Springs boys basketball team to get past visiting Lee's Summit West as the Class 5 No. 3-ranked Titans claimed an 83-77 victory Tuesday.

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  • A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn't enough for the Blue Springs boys basketball team to get past visiting Lee's Summit West as the Class 5 No. 3-ranked Titans claimed an 83-77 victory Tuesday.
    “Wish we'd have played three quarters like we played in the fourth,” said Wildcats guard Walter Sorrells, who scored a game- and career-high 27 points. “My heart hurts; it really hurts, because I think we should have won this one.
    “But we showed we can play with the best teams, and now, we have to go into every game knowing we can compete with anyone. That is, if we play hard for four quarters.”
    The score is a bit deceiving as the Titans took a 68-45 lead into the final quarter thanks to a 12-0 run to start the third quarter.
    “For a while, I was worried about a running clock,” Wildcats coach Adam Jones said after his team fell to 3-2. “After that 12-0 start, I thought they might plow us. But some things were said during a timeout and it fired some guys up.
    “Once they got fired up, everyone got fired up and we at least made it close. I wasn't even looking at the score, I just wanted the guys to play hard, to play with some fire and intensity, and they did.”
    Elijah Lee caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 14 points. He also grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds.
    “It was like we didn't get intense until we were down by 23 points going into the fourth quarter,” Lee said. “You see that final score and think how close it was, but it wasn't close until we started playing in the fourth quarter.
    “I don't know why we didn't come out stronger in the first three quarters. That third quarter was the one that killed us. Take that away – or take away the 15 turnovers we had in the first half – and who knows? We might have beat one of the best teams in the state.”
    Sorrells kept the Wildcats in the game, even in the disappointing first three quarters, as he scored nine points in the first quarter, 15 in the first half and 12 in the second half.
    “Walter did some nice things tonight,” Jones said, “and he knows there are some things that he can improve on. What disappoints me with this team is that none of the guys know how good they can be.
    “They showed how good they can be in the fourth quarter. If we play with that type of intensity for four quarters we can compete with any team. We had the opportunity to win this game thanks to the way we played in the fourth quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It's like I told the guys after the game, play like that for four quarters and you don't need a big fourth-quarter comeback.”
    Jay Corwin, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, finished with 17. Monte Harrison led the Titans with 19 points and Ryan Williams added 17.
     
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