Bad first quarter costs Fort Osage in tournament
Two players scored career highs.
The team posted a season’s high for points.
But it all was in vain for Ja’Wan Davis, Chad Gordon and Fort Osage in a first-round Patterson Division game in the Bank Midwest William Jewell Holiday Tournament Friday.
Davis poured in 30 points and Gordon 16 as the Indians fell to Hickman Mills 79-71. Their previous career highs were 28 and 15. Fort Osage scored 70 on Dec. 4 against Winnetonka.
The 71 points came despite four in the first quarter.Twenty-five tournovers didn’t help, either.
“We played hard,” Davis said. “We have to play hard from the start.”
The Indians hit only 2 of 14 shots and had seven turnovers in falling behind for good 15-4 after the first quarter.
“That was the difference in the game.” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “The little things hurt.”
The Indians battled back to within 54-48 after three quarters.
Four quick Zack Corbett points brought the Indians to within 54-53 early in the fourth quarter. The Cougars responded with six points. Fort Osage never came closer than five after that.
Davis capped his big game by hitting 12 of 12 free throws. His career setting 29th and 30th points came on a wild backhanded shot over his head that went into the basket.
“I had never had a game where I went 100 percent at the line,” he said. “We forced a lot of turnovers. But the little things hurt. We’ll be all right.”
Still, his excellent free-throw shooting featured a team 18 of 22 effort and kept the Indians in the game.
Gordon used three 3-pointers for his career high. He also led the Indians in rebounds with eight.
“It was my best game” the senior said. “The shot is feeling a lot better. I’m having more confidence in my shot.”
Two of his 3-pointers keyed an eight-point fourth quarter as the Indians rallied to no avail.
“Don’t have your heads down,” Wilson told his players after the game. “Everyone who played did something. We are on the edge of being a good team. We just have to put it all together for a whole game.”
Wilson would have liked more balanced scoring, however. After Davis and Gordon no player scored more than six points.
Stephon Sharp fired in 25 points and Josh Jones came off the bench to add 21 to pace the Cougars (6-1).
“We didn’t play well,” Cougars coach Chuck Pohlman said. “We had 21 turnovers against not too great of a press.”
As for Jones, Pohlmam said, “We have four guards and it was Jones’ turn to come off the bench. He is pretty athletic. I thought Fort Osage played hard. I was impressed with their effort.”
The Indians (14) were 24 of 58 from the field and outrebounded only 38-35 by a more athletic and quicker team. Hickman Mills was 29 of 60 from the field and several times beat the Indians in transition for easy baskets.
Fort Osage meets Raymore-Peculiar loser in an elimination game at noon Saturday.
RAYTOWN 60, LINCOLN PREP 57: Raytown overcame 28 turnovers for a first-round Patterson Division victory.
Thirty-one Lincoln Prep fouls resulted in a 25 of 42 Raytown performance at the free throw line.
Raytown bolted to an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter and then held on the win.
Josh Gibbs guided the Blue Jays (4-4) with 20 points. Jordan Williams added 12 and Anthony Pendleton11 in a game that featured 28 turnovers by each team and 52 fouls. Nick Jackson’s 16 points led the Blue Tigers.
Raytown meets undefeated Grandview at noon Monday in the semifinals.