A big run to start the second quarter helped the William Chrisman boys basketball team advance to the semifinals of Joplin High School’s Kaminsky Classic.

Trailing 15-12, the Bears opened the second period with a 16-0 run to take control on the way to a 72-49 first-round win over Nevada Thursday.

Senior guard Dawson Herl led the way with 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first half as the Bears took a 36-23 lead into halftime. Herl had two 3-pointers and a free throw in the 16-0 spree. He finished 6 of 8 from the field and added nine rebounds as the Bears improved to 9-2 overall and advanced to Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal against Webb City, a 72-36 winner over St. Louis Christian.

Senior guard Tony Hilton came off the bench to add 12 points, junior guard Zachariah Rowe added 11 points and Jalen Moore contributed eight for the Bears.

Girls

WILLIAM CHRISMAN 45, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 29: The Bears used a big third quarter in which they outscored the Panthers 15-3 to coast to a semifinal win in the Raymore-Peculiar 6th Annual Sonic Classic.

Both teams were tied at 10 at the end of the first period and Chrisman took a 17-15 lead into halftime before its big third quarter.

Jacque David led the Bears (8-1) with 16 points and Gia Moore added 11.

The Bears will meet Liberty North in the championship game at 7 p.m. today.

NORTH KANSAS CITY 64, GRAIN VALLEY 26: The Eagles ran into a buzzsaw in the Class 5 No. 2 state-ranked North Kansas City Hornets and fell in a non-conference home contest Thursday.

Brittney McKay led the Eagles (4-6) with 10 points and Kendra Sibert added seven.

“They are just really good,” Grain Valley head coach Randy Draper said of Northtown. “I was not disappointed in us. We competed and tried to guard them. We had some success early in the third quarter offensively. The kids needed to see that.”

LIBERTY NORTH 42, BLUE SPRINGS 30: The Wildcats fell to 3-4 on the season after a loss to the Eagles in the semifinals of the Raymore-Peculiar 6th Annual Sonic Classic Thursday.

The Wildcats will meet Ray-Pec in the third-place game at 5:30 p.m. today.

The Wildcats trailed 23-17 at halftime before the Eagles extended the lead in the second half.

On Wednesday, Jayla Sample fired in 19 points as Blue Springs edged Belton 38-35 in the first round The Wildcats grabbed a 16-15 halftime lead and hung on for the win to improve to 3-3 overall and advance to Thursday’s semifinal against Liberty North.