Truman managed to survive a slow start Friday night.

Truman managed to survive a slow start Friday night.
With as many as four starters in foul trouble, the Patriots fell behind 22-13 at halftime. But that couldn’t keep Truman (13-6, 5-2) from mounting a comeback and outscoring Park Hill (9-10, 0-5) 38-26 in the second half while winning a 51-48 Suburban Big Six thriller at Truman.
“We found a way to survive that first half and stay in the game,” Truman coach Billy Guinnee said. “I can’t stress how good defense saved us. It made the difference and helped us pull it out.”
Brandon Richards and James Hosey led the Patriots by scoring 16 and 12, respectively.
Justin Leathers of Park Hill finished as the game-high scorer with 20 points.
LIBERTY 69, BLUE SPRINGS 52: A slow start cost Blue Springs in a Suburban Big Seven game Friday.
The Wildcats scored only eight first-quarter points on the way to the loss.
“We just didn’t score in the first half,” Wildcats coach Frank Wheeler said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the hole. They wouldn’t let (Greg) Wisner or (Drew) Moore get open. And we didn’t do a good job in the first half other than (Jordan) Nubine.”
Nubine led the Wildcats (10-8, 3-4 Big Seven) with 17 points.
The Wildcats won the JV game, 49-38.
ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 62, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 44: The Jaguars (5-11, 2-5) had trouble scoring inside the three-point arc while dropping a Suburban Big Seven contest to the Indians (11-9, 4-3) at Central.
“We only hit six field goals inside the three-point line and we were more of a perimeter shooting team tonight,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “It’s tough to win under circumstances like that. Plus we made 21 turnovers.
“I think they played with a ton of energy and that was the best student section we’ve played in front of this year. It was their homecoming and the great environment helped energize our guys.”
Drake Patterson and Brandon Murillo were the only two Jaguars to finish in double figures by scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Clay Linebach of Central was the game-high scorer with 24 points.
The South JV also lost, 58-50.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 52, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 43: West outscored the visiting Broncos 18-7 in the fourth quarter for a nonconference victory and improve to 15-3.
“It was an exciting high school basketball game,” North coach Mike Hilbert said. “It was tied with four minutes to go. But we didn’t have enough firepower. But I was proud of the kids. They battled as hard as they could. But when you get outscored 18-7 in the fourth quarter it’s kind of hard to be successful.”
North (7-11) led 24-19 at halftime. West cut the deficit to 36-34 after three quarters.
Donnie Herron’s16 points guided the Broncos. Michael Dixon’s19 guided the Titans.
North was a 63-43 junior varsity winner.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 85, LEE’S SUMMIT 58: The Cardinals (10-9) shot out to a 48-22 halftime lead while cruising to a non-conference win over the Tigers (7-9) at South.
Rian Pearson of South finished as the game-high scorer with 20 points.
Ladarrius Whitehead and Trey Cox paced the Tigers with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
“We got off to a slow start and dug ourselves into a hole,” Lee’s Summit coach Keith Miller said. “That makes it tough to comeback against a team like South.”