Truman boys basketball coach Billy Guinnee wasn't pleased with the final score Tuesday night at Blue Springs South High School, where coach Jimmy Cain's speedy Jaguars ran away with a 56-40 season-opening victory.

Truman boys basketball coach Billy Guinnee wasn't pleased with the final score Tuesday night at Blue Springs South High School, where coach Jimmy Cain's speedy Jaguars ran away with a 56-40 season-opening victory.

But he liked what he saw from his Patriots, who found a way to slow the tempo and not allow the Jaguars to turn the game into a track meet.

“We played them in team camp this summer and they beat us by 40,” Guinnee said. “So I saw a lot of good things tonight. We didn't score like I was hoping, but we are running a complicated offense, and I could see our guys thinking about making a play, rather than just making it.

“We missed some backdoor cuts, things like that, but like (senior forward) Scott Agee told me before the game, 'Coach, we don't want to peak this early in the season.' We're going to be a work in progress and I'm excited to see where we'll be in January.”

Forward Kevin Puryear, a 6-foot-7 sophomore who is expected to be a go-to player for the Jaguars, led South with 14 points in a well-balanced effort that featured the guard play of seniors Justin Pitts and Carl Martin.

“Carl and Justin are so fast, and so unselfish,” Puryear said. “If I'm open under the basket, or anyone is open anywhere, you better be ready for the ball because Justin and Carl are going to get it to you.”

Puryear was in early foul trouble and spent much of the second half on the bench, but his presence on the court played a big role in the victory.

“Kevin is going to have a big year,” said Pitts, who scored 12 points and had six steals. “This was our first game, and it was good to finally play after practicing the last three weeks.

“What I like about our offense is that is comes from our defense, a lot of fast breaks, things like that. When we get our offense going, and our defense going, and we have Kevin inside, we're going to be a tough team to beat.

“We didn't accomplish all we wanted to accomplish tonight, but we won and that's what matters – especially this early in the season.”

South led 15-9 after one period and 28-17 at halftime.

Fueled by long bombs by Andrew Wright and Pitts, the Jaguars went on a 10-0 run to start the third period and put the game on ice.

“We talked about coming out strong in the third period, and the guys did that,” Cain said. “We're so fast. Justin and Carl are going to be fun to watch this season. And Kevin got into some foul trouble, but he made an impact when he was in the game.

“We got our first win, we saw some things we need to work on and the guys played hard. That's all you can ask for this early in the season.”

Dewayne Thornton came off the bench and led the Patriots with 11 points and Zach Huber added 10.

“It's kind of funny to look out there and not see our all-stars like Zach (Large) and Antonio (Winn, who both graduated last year),” Agee said. “We definitely did a better job playing them tonight than we did this summer, so we can gain some confidence from that.

“Once we get our offense down, I think we're going to be a good team. We saw some good signs tonight.”