The Blue Springs South boys basketball team took a while to get going in its season opener Thursday.
The Jaguars outscored Ruskin 20-12 in the third quarter to break a 24-24 halftime tie and grab a 44-36 lead. They then held off the Eagles for a 56-54 victory in the first round of the Blue Springs School District Tournament Friday at Blue Springs South.
“It was a typical first game. I thought we played hard, which is the main thing we wanted to see tonight,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said of his young team, which graduated most of its players off last year’s state quarterfinal squad. “Ruskin does a real good job with their dribble penetration. I was happy with how our kids responded in the second half.”
Caden Mauck scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead South’s balanced attack. Dorian Wright and Jared Ravencamp each added 10 points and Ethan Swanegan contributed nine. Ravencamp also dished out three assists.
Swanegan scored a key layup off a Ravencamp assist late to give the Jaguars an insurmountable four-point lead.
Cecil Martin scored 18 points to pace Ruskin.
The Jaguars meet rival Rockhurst, a 63-62 winner over Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside, in a 7 p.m. semifinal today.
Blue Springs then downed Memphis (Tenn.) Wooddale 59-39 in the late game to advance to tonight’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal against St. Louis U. High or Lincoln Prep.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 91, WYANDOTTE 51: Senior guard Jordan Bynum poured in 20 points as Lee’s Summit North routed Wyandotte of Kansas City, Kan., in a consolation semifinal in the Blue Valley (Kan.) Shootout Thursday.
The Broncos, who improved to 1-2, will face Olathe (Kan.) South in the consolation final at 5 p.m. today.
North outscored Wyandotte 28-8 in the second quarter to extend a 23-16 lead into 51-24.
Logan Jenkins added 16 points, Cameron Hairston had 13 and Emil Spriggs 12 to help spark the Broncos.
LAFAYETTE COUNTY 80, OAK GROVE 74: Despite 32 points and 12 rebounds from Jaxon Althaus, Oak Grove fell to the host Huskers in overtime in the semifinals of the Husker Classic Thursday in Higginsville.
Oak Grove outscored the Huskers 18-15 in the fourth quarter to tie it at 68 and send it to overtime.
“Offensive rebounds were the difference for them,” Panthers coach Ty Hames said. “They had 18 and got 25 second-chance points. They hit couple big shots late in overtime. We had a chance to win it a couple times (in regulation) but couldn’t get the shots to fall.”
William Cain sank four 3-pointers and added 14 points and Dylon Pfeifer had 12 for the Panthers (3-2), who meet rival Odessa at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game of the tournament.