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  • Big second quarter helps Broncos dominate Blue Springs

  • With Richard Chapman hitting everything from the outside and Tyler Anderson owning the paint, the Lee's Summit North Broncos routed the Blue Springs boys basketball team 85-60 Tuesday night.

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  • With Richard Chapman hitting everything from the outside and Tyler Anderson owning the paint, the Lee's Summit North Broncos routed the Blue Springs boys basketball team 85-60 Tuesday night.
    Chapman hit 9 of 10 free throws and zeroed in from long range to lead all scorers with 23 points and Anderson added 18 as the Class 5 10th-ranked Broncos improved to 13-4 overall and 3-0 in Suburban Big Six play with the win at Blue Springs.
    “This was easily our best game of the year,” Broncos coach Mike Hilbert said after North held the Wildcats to just one point in the second quarter. “That second quarter was the difference maker.
    “Richard and Tyler had great games, but a lot of other guys contributed, too. Andrew (Spellman) opened the game with a 3-pointer and Rob (Durbin) came off the bench and hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter.
    “And we had 22 assists and just 11 turnovers. This season, we've had a lot of success, but it seems like we've always dug an early hole and had to dig our way out of it the rest of the game. Tonight, we got off to a great start and played really well the entire night.”
    The Broncos led 23-15 after one quarter and 36-16 at the half.
    “I have so much respect for Mike and his teams,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said after the Wildcats fell to 10-8 and 0-3. “They do the little things you need to do. They don't turn the ball over, they play as a team – they played tonight the way I want to see our kids play.
    “I was really disappointed in a lot of phases of our game, especially the character part of our game. We'll address that and I'm sure the team will work hard at practice tomorrow. We have a great senior leader in Donte Watkins – who was a member of the state championship football team – and he's not going to let anything get out of hand on the court or at practice.”
    While the Wildcats struggled offensively in the first half, they came to life in the second and third periods. Jay Corwin finished with 21 points and Walter Sorrells added 15, all on five 3-pointers.
    “We didn't want Corwin and Sorrells to hurt us early,” Hilbert said. “We had a hand in their face every time they shot the ball. We knew they'd get their points, but we made them work for them.”
    North won the junior varsity game 59-48. Anthony Lupardus scored 12 for the Broncos and Darius Vaughn led the Wildcats with 13.
     
     
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