The St. Mary's Trojans ended their long road trip – which was interrupted by the holiday break – with a 65-29 rout of host Kansas City Lutheran Tuesday night.
It’s been six and a half weeks since the St. Mary’s boys basketball team has played at home.
The Trojans ended their long road trip – which was interrupted by the holiday break – with a 65-29 rout of host Kansas City Lutheran Tuesday night.
Brett Scassellati and Ian Walter led a balanced attack with 10 points each as St. Mary’s pulled away with a 28-6 third-quarter advantage to improve to 7-8 overall.
“We jumped all over them in the third quarter,” Trojans coach Byron Jones said. “We came out (of halftime) with a lot more intensity. We were playing a little too fast in the first half. We were a little too sloppy, but we got focused in the third.”
Walter scored eight of his 10 points in the quarter as St. Mary’s extended its 28-15 halftime lead to 56-21. Jones said his team was “at least 11 of 13” from the field in the period.
“We didn’t miss many shots; it seemed like we didn’t miss any,” Jones added.
Alex Edwards, Michael Monteleone and Jack Salva each added eight points.
The Trojans return home Friday for a matchup with St. Pius X. “It’s a big one for us,” Jones said of Friday’s game. “It’s a district opponent. It will be good to be back home finally.”
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 61, BLUE SPRINGS 44: The Broncos blew open the Suburban Big Seven Conference game with a 20-11 fourth quarter after leading 41-33 at the end of third.
“We cut the lead to five early in the third quarter,” Wildcats coach Frank Wheeler said. “We had a couple costly turnovers and gave up a lot of easy baskets and couldn’t get it back down to a two-possession game.”
The Broncos (12-5, 3-3 Big Seven) were led by B.J. Dunbar’s 13 points and P.J. Lewis’ 11 as they extending their winning streak to five games.
“I thought we started the game really well,” Broncos coach Mike Hilbert said. “We came out focused and ready to play. We played well and I think the guys did a good job (outscoring Blue Springs) in the fourth quarter.”
Blue Springs (1-13, 0-5) was led by Drew Moore (18 points) and Jordan Nubine (12 points), who combined for all 30 of the Wildcats’ second-half points.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 59, FORT OSAGE 28: A rough third quarter was too much for host Fort Osage to overcome in a Suburban Middle Six loss to Lee’s Summit West.
The visiting Titans (7-10, 4-1 Middle Six) outscored the Indians 24-3 in the third to take command. Banks Born scored 14 points and Yoni Ekoto finished with 12 for West.
“We did all right in the second quarter and had some momentum going into halftime,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We made a free throw to start the second half and didn’t score again until (Mark) Wisecup hit a layup at the (third-quarter) buzzer. It was a monumental step back for us. We lost to the same team by two points last week (in the Liberty Invitational).”
Wisecup finished with 14 points to lead the Indians (3-13, 1-3).
SHERWOOD 58, VAN HORN 42: The Falcons were tied with Sherwood 17-17 at halftime, but were outscored 41-15 in the second half in the opening round of the Clinton Tournament.
P.J. Faitau Oberg scored half of the Falcons’ points with a team-leading 21. Dionta Hall added eight points as the Falcons fell to 1-9 overall.
Van Horn will meet the Clinton/Crest Ridge loser at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the consolation bracket.