Blue Springs watched William Chrisman whittle a 13-point deficit after the first quarter down to two in the third quarter, but the Wildcats showed enough mettle down the stretch to win Friday’s fifth-place game in the Nelson Division of the Bank Midwest Holiday Classic at William Jewell.

Blue Springs watched William Chrisman whittle a 13-point deficit after the first quarter down to two in the third quarter, but the Wildcats showed enough mettle down the stretch to win Friday’s fifth-place game in the Nelson Division of the Bank Midwest Holiday Classic at William Jewell.

Deiondre Hall scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter, and Jay Corwin and Jay Lysinger did the rest of the scoring as the Wildcats (4-5) built a 25-12 advantage.

But Chrisman (3-7), which had seven players combine for 12 3-pointers on 25 attempts, hit a couple treys and added six free throws to crawl within 36-29 at halftime. A Dylan Cole 3 made it 40-38, and the Bears were within a pair on two more occasions before Hall broke free for a transition dunk, then added a steal and layup to make it 48-42.

Later, Marvin Clark (14 points, 10 rebounds) scored off an inbound pass to produce the third-quarter score of 53-45. The Bears never threatened in the fourth, as Blue Springs made 13 of 21 free throws to pull away.

“Chrisman’s a good team, and they’re going to make a run at you,” Blue Springs coach Frank Wheeler said. “They create a lot of momentum with the 3-point shot.

“It’s a good experience for us to have teams make a run on us, to see if we can keep our composure. We did that and were able to stretch it out at the end.”

Hall added seven rebounds, six steals and four assists before fouling out. Corwin (15 points) and Lysinger (13) gave the Wildcats four double-digit scorers, and Cody Isabel added eight points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Carter Martin’s 12 points and Alex Ball’s 10 paced Chrisman, which certainly had chances to further its comeback, according to coach John Vickers.

“We didn’t come out like we wanted to,” he said. “We responded well to their start, but we just couldn’t get over the hump.

“We missed some easy layups, fouled the shooter too much and we were terrible at the line (10 of 21). Those things caught up with us. We’re not a good enough team that we can overcome all that.”