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Examiner
  • Jags honing focus despite district delay

  • Blue Springs South boys basketball coach Jimmy Cain’s 22-2 Jaguars might have to wait a little longer for their next game.

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  • Blue Springs South boys basketball coach Jimmy Cain’s 22-2 Jaguars might have to wait a little longer for their next game.
    But the Class 5 No. 2-ranked Jaguars can’t wait to take on Lee’s Summit for a third time this season in Thursday’s Class 5 District 14 contest at Blue Springs High School.
    “We're ready to go,” Cain said between snow-shovel breaks Tuesday afternoon. “We play Lee's Summit at 7 p.m. Thursday at Blue Springs. “The kids never saw the snow as a distraction, they're ready to play anytime, anywhere.”
    The No. 1 district-seeded Jaguars had been scheduled to play Tuesday night, but the game has been moved to Thursday because of the storm that dumped an additional 8 to 10 inches of snow on Eastern Jackson County.
    “All teams are facing the same challenges and distractions,” senior guard Khorey Kilgore said. “The weather doesn't make a difference to us. What we have to do is bring it Thursday night because of the success we've had this season, we're getting everybody's A-game.
    “It was that way in football when we won the state championship two years ago, and that's the way I like it. I want to be challenged every night because that just makes us a better team.”
    The delay certainly hasn’t had an effect on guard Nick Buccero, who comes off the bench to provide instant offense for the Suburban Big Six champs.
    “To me, the weather doesn't make any difference,” said Buccero, who along with Kendall Blanton and Kris Butts form the “Killer B’s” for the Jags. “When you come off the bench, you have to be ready when the coach needs you.
    “Now, with the snow, the team has to be ready. And we will be. If we aren't playing, we're practicing. We know how important these district games are, and we will be ready.”
    While sophomore sensation Kevin Puryear and senior guards Carl Martin and Justin Pitts have attracted much of the attention, Kilgore and Buccero say all they want to do is win.
    “We'll let Kevin and Carl and Justin get the headlines,” Kilgore said, chuckling. “They get those headlines because we're winning a lot of games. I'll do the dirty work, getting the rebounds and playing defense, and the bench will be doing what it's done all season, and that's help us win games.”
    Added Buccero: “We feel like we have eight starters on this team. Sure, you'd like to be a starter, but we all feel like starters. And it's easier to come off the bench when you're winning.”
    Add hot-shooting guard Andrew Wright to the mix and Cain and the Jaguars are ready for any postseason challenge.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We have some great kids who have accepted their roles,” Cain said. “Kevin and Carl and Justin get the headlines because of guys like Nick and Khorey and Andrew, and none of them care who gets the headlines or the stories in the paper. They just want to win.
    “And that's why this season has been so much fun.”
     
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