• Jags notch impressive Big Six win

  • They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

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  • They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
    If that's the case, the Blue Springs South student cheering section paid Lee's Summit North Mike Hilbert the ultimate compliment as many of them were sporting burgundy sweaters and dress shirts, resembling the familiar attire of the longtime Broncos coach.
    Following a disappointing 69-52 loss at South, Hilbert proved he had maintained his sense of humor as he said, “They might have been imitating me; I just wish we could have imitated Jimmy's kids. They came to play tonight. That is a very good team.”
    Jimmy Cain's Class 5 No. 2-ranked Jaguars had their way with the Broncos as South used a 25-point first quarter en route to the convincing victory. With the win, the Jaguars improved to 18-2 overall and 5-0 in Suburban Big Six conference play while the formerly state-ranked Broncos fell to 14-5 and 4-1.
    “We really wanted to play well tonight,” said sophomore center Kevin Puryear, who led the Jaguars with 18 points and 12 rebounds. “We wanted to dominate inside, and we scored a lot of points in the paint.
    “Whoever was open, our guards got us the ball. This is the type of game we wanted to play. This is a big win, a real big win.”
    The Jaguars used five 3-pointers in the first quarter to run away from the shell-shocked Broncos, who never managed to regroup.
    “They pretty much took it to us tonight,” said Broncos center Tyler Anderson, who led North with 19 points. “They had the big first quarter and we couldn't come back from that. I had a lot of turnovers in the paint and every time we turned the ball over, they scored.
    “We play them again at our place, and we hope to play a lot better.”
    Once again, the bench played a huge role in the victory as Jacob Towler scored six points in the first quarter, Nick Buccero scored nine points on the night – on three 3-pointers – and Kendall Blanton added eight.
    “We know our role and we're comfortable with it,” Buccero said. “It's a lot easier to be a role player on a team that wins all the time. This has been a great season, we're all unselfish and all we care about is winning.”
    Two South offensive catalysts, guards Carl Martin (eight) and Justin Pitts (seven) combined for just 15 points. But they did a solid job distributing the ball and getting it to the big men in the paint.
    “We didn't want Pitts and Martin to beat us, so we made sure we had a hand in their face every time they shot the ball,” Hilbert said. “Then, their big guys score all those points in the paint. Anything it takes to win a game – great shooting, chasing down the ball and getting all the loose balls and playing great defense – they did. Every time I see them I'm impressed.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Cain emerged from the locker room with a smile on his face.
    “We played really well tonight, not one complaint,” the South coach said. “We were so consistent all night. Justin and Carl – all the guys – played great defense and Kevin really had a great game.
    “And the bench, what can you say? We have guys coming off the bench who could start for a lot of teams in the area. They know their role, they accept their role and they play a big role in every game we play.
    “We came into the game ranked in the state, but we don't think about that stuff. All we think about is what we need to do to win.”

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