Riley King canned nine three-pointers while scoring 33 points to help the Jaguars (9-7, 4-3) edge the St. Joseph Cental Indians 62-58 in a Suburban Big Seven contest that was decided in double overtime at Central.
Riley King shot his way into the Blue Springs South High School boys basketball record book Friday night.
King canned nine three-pointers while scoring 33 points to help the Jaguars (9-7, 4-3) edge the St. Joseph Cental Indians 62-58 in a Suburban Big Seven contest that was decided in double overtime at Central.
Prior to Friday, three shared the South single-game record of three-pointers with seven apiece.
“He hit six of them in the first half,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “He was hot and we didn’t say anything to him at halftime. We didn’t want to jinx him or put any pressure on him. It was one of those deals where you don’t know if a guy is going to hit another one.
“He hit another to start the third quarter and another one to spark us when we were down 47-41. He hit his last one in the overtime. He shoots well and he had been struggling with consistency. But he broke out of it in a big way tonight and the fact that he did it on the road makes it more impressive.”
Shawn Meyer supported King’s effort by scoring with 11 points.
“This is an impressive road wn for us,” Cain said. “Our guys did a great job of keeping their composure when they made a strong run at us.
“We stressed throughout the last two days of practice of how they can get great crowds behind them. Then our guys remember how they put it to us up there last year and how they can be a monster at their place.”
King and Meyer shared rebounding honors with nine apiece, while Brandon Murillo and D.J. Booker finished with five assists.
LIBERTY 60, BLUE SPRINGS 45: It appeared for one quarter that the Blue Springs boys basketball team was working on a Big Seven upset.
The Wildcats (1-15, 0-7) led 9-7 after one period of play, but the visiting Blue Jays(14-2, 4-2) controlled the final three quarters.
“It was pretty much the same old song, but a different verse,” Blue Springs coach Frank Wheeler said. “We played very well early. But they slowly pulled away. We had to play a fouling game at the end and they did a good job of protecting their lead by hitting their free throws.”
Drew Moore led the Blue Springs scoring with 18 points.
Jordan Lewis was the top scorer for Liberty with 14.
Liberty also prevailed 53-44 in the junior varsity game.
ST. PIUS X 44, ST. MARY’S 30: A slow start doomed the Trojans (7-9) in a non-conference game at St. Mary’s.
St. Mary’s trailed 10-0 after the opening quarter and couldn’t catch the Warriors.
“We didn’t match their intensity at all,” St. Mary’s coach Byron Jones said. “Turnovers also hurt us in the beginning.”
Jack Rau, who didn’t start, finished as the leading scorer for the Trojans with 10 as three St. Mary’s starters failed to score. Rau also canned three treys.
“That shows you a little bit of what happened,” Jones said.
CALIFORNIA 57, VAN HORN 27: The California Pintos outscored the Falcons (1-11) in all four quarters while winning the seventh-place game of the Clinton Tournament.
“We started slow and had a lot of turnovers,” Van Horn coach Mickey Murray said. “It was hard trying to play catch-up. It’s too bad that we didn’t play better because Clinton put on a great tournament.”
No Falcons finished in double figures as Phil Hammons and P.J. Faitau Oberg shared scoring honors with six points apiece.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 40, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 34: A strong defensive effort in the final quarter paid off for the Broncos (13-5) in a non-conference game against arch-rival West (7-11) at North.
North held the Titans to a mere two points while winning their sixth game in a row.
“We did a nice job of guarding of them and we were lucky that they didn’t hit some shots,” North coach Mike Hilbert said. “Both teams didn’t score between the two and six-minute mark. This is one of those situations where both teams know each other so well that neither allows the other to take shots are comfortable.
“It was also a situation of where we would have had a tough mountain to climb if they would have got a six to eight-point lead in the third quarter.”
P.J. Lewis of North was the game-high scorer with 11 points.