A larger-than-life performance by freshman Zach Large wasn’t enough to send the Truman boys basketball team into the Class 5 District 15 championship.

A larger-than-life performance by freshman Zach Large wasn’t enough to send the Truman boys basketball team into the Class 5 District 15 championship.
Large scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, and four in overtime, to account for all 19 of his points in a heartbreaking 85-76 overtime loss to Kansas City Northeast Thursday at William Chrisman High School.
“That’s the most amazing performance, in a crucial situation, I have ever seen from a freshman,” Truman coach Billy Guinnee said. “He was just huge in the fourth quarter. I was joking with him after the game and told him I wish he’d have just scored another basket in the first half.
“We’re all disappointed with the loss, and having the season come to an end, but the future looks very bright for the Truman basketball program.”
The Patriots lose just two players, junior James Hosey (who is out of athletic eligibility because of playing time at Westport High School) and senior Curtis Williams.
Following a blistering comeback that saw the Patriots make up a 10-point deficit at the 5:10 mark of the fourth quarter, Hosey went to the line with just 10 seconds left in regulation and his team trailing 72-71.
He hit the first free throw, but missed the second.
The Vikings got the ball down the court, and in a wild finish, missed two layups to send the game into overtime.
“Put it down, in black and white,” Hosey said. “I’m not putting all this loss on my shoulders, but if I hit both free throws, we win. It’s that simple.”
Hosey scored a team-high 22 points and hit 11 of 13 free throws.
After Large gave Truman a 76-72 overtime lead with two quick buckets, the Vikings scored 13 unanswered points.
Northeast’s Daylen Robinson scored a game-high 31 points, and hit the eventual go-ahead free throws in overtime.
“This is a tough loss,” Large said. “But we didn’t lose because of a lack of effort. I wish I could have scored some points in the first half, but my shot just wasn’t falling. I felt good in the fourth quarter – I just wish we could have won in regulation.
“We all wanted to play Chrisman again the championship game Friday night.”
Darrien Harris kept the game close early as he scored 13 of his 17 points in the first quarter. The Vikings led just 18-17 after the opening period and took a 33-28 lead into halftime.
Trailing by as many as 12 points early in the fourth quarter, the Patriots scored 30 points in the final stanza, fueled by Large’s 15 points. He hit a 3-pointer and sank three 2-point field goals and all four of his free-throw attempts.
“Zach was the man,” Hosey said. “He’s going to be a great, great player in this program.”
The game was a physical affair with each team getting hit with a technical.
“We fought through some adversity and were able to make a game out of it,” Guinnee said. “I’m proud of the guys.”