Blue Springs boys basketball coach Adam Jones said his young team is learning from its mistakes.
The Wildcats turned it around to claim their first victory of the season Tuesday at Lee’s Summit West. Blue Springs erupted for 24 points in the fourth quarter to erase a 43-40 deficit and claim a 64-55 win the Suburban Big Six opener for both teams.
Stefan Black II scored seven of his 16 points and Eli Wingert had six of his 12 points in the final period to lead the rally.
“Our team showed a lot of toughness tonight coming off two tough losses from this past weekend,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said after his team improved to 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference. “We were really proud of our kids’ response yesterday at practice and how it led into tonight’s game. We had some chances late where the game could have gone either way but our guys learned from some early mistakes and did a great job finishing the game. Lee’s Summit West is a very athletic team and our team responded to the challenge, especially on the defensive side tonight.”
Kaden Spruell scored a team-high 18 points, including nine of the Wildcats’ 14 in the third quarter. Eight Wildcats found their way into the scoring column.
Richard Johnson scored 19 points to lead West.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 58, BELTON 51: Chrisman overcame a 12-6 first-quarter deficit by outscoring Belton 35-23 over the next two quarters to claim a Suburban Middle Seven home victory Tuesday.
The Bears pulled within 21-20 at halftime and took the lead with a 21-14 advantage in the third quarter.
Dawson Herl scored 16 points to lead the Bears (4-1, 1-0 Middle Seven). Tony Hilton added 14 points and Marcus Wigfall had nine.
TRUMAN 61, OLATHE NORTHWEST 39: Truman found itself down 15-2 at the start of its game in the Paola (Kan.) Panther Tournament Tuesday.
After a 33-9 run, the Patriots led 35-24 midway through the third quarter on the way to the 22-point win.
Kaimen Lennox poured in 21 points to lead the comeback as the Patriots improved to 3-2 overall. Sam Billimon added 14 points.
VAN HORN 70, KNOB NOSTER 35: Van Horn improved to 2-2 overall with an easy win at Knob Noster Tuesday.
Jaden Monday scored 19 points and added five steals to lead Van Horn to the win.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 59, GRAIN VALLEY 42: Grain Valley couldn’t overcome a 21-5 first-quarter deficit in its debut in the Suburban Small Seven.
The Eagles recovered with a 15-10 advantage in the second quarter but couldn’t make up the difference Tuesday.
Josh Kilpatrick scored 14 points, Cole Keller added 10 points, 12 rebounds and three assists and Jesse Scholtz had seven points and six rebounds to lead the Eagles (2-2, 0-1 Small Seven).
“I was proud of how our guys competed tonight," Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. "We got off to a slow start, but our guys stayed with what we committed to do, and I couldn’t be any happier with them for that. With that type of effort, we’ll continue to improve at a fairly rapid rate.”
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 69, LEE’S SUMMIT 43: Caleb Israelite did a little bit of everything last Friday to lead Blue Springs South to a rout of host Lee’s Summit.
Israelite totaled 19 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the way for the Jaguars (2-0), who jumped to a 15-9 lead after one quarter and extended it to 34-20 by halftime.
Khayden Hooks added 14 points, three steals and three assists, while Cade Berg had 10 points and six rebounds for the Jaguars.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 71, OLATHE SOUTH 52: Broncos senior Javaunte Hawkins continues to score at a torrid pace.
After having back-to-back, 44-point games last week, he scored his 1,000th career point in a victory over Olathe South in the first round of the Blue Valley Tournament.
Hawkins had a game-high 24 points and now has 1,018 for his high school career. North (4-1) led in the first quarter 19-11 and went into halftime up 37-26. The Broncos went into the fourth up 57-39 and cruised to a victory.
“Great team defense and excellent ball movement were keys to the win,” Broncos coach Mike Hilbert said.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 43, CHILLICOTHE 34: Jacque David and Tierra Lopez led the Bears to a Savannah Invitational tournament title as they defeated Chillicothe in the championship game on Saturday.
David and Lopez each scored nine points to pace Chrisman, and both made the all-tournament team. Amanda Szopinski also had nine points.
The Bears led 11-9 after one period and took a 24-18 lead into halftime. Chrisman extended the lead to 33-22 going into the fourth.