The surging William Chrisman boys basketball team used a big third-quarter surge to advance to the championship of Joplin High School’s Kaminsky Classic.
The Bears put together a 13-3 run in the third period to break a 36-36 tie on the way to a 76-65 victory over Webb City in the semifinals Friday.
After the teams finished the first half in a 33-33 tie, Dawson Herl hit the first of three Chrisman 3-pointers in the third quarter to answer a trey by Webb City’s Terrell Kabala. The Bears then scored 10 of the next 13 points, capped by Alex Calhoun’s 3-pointer, to take a 49-39 advantage with 2:23 left in the quarter.
Chrisman, which improved to 10-2 overall, held on in the fourth quarter to advance to Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. championship against defending champion Francis Howell of St. Charles, a 65-55 winner over host Joplin in the other semifinal. Herl, a 6-foot-4 senior forward who had 19 points in Thursday’s tourney opener, finished with 20 on Friday on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point line, to go along with eight rebounds.
Junior guard Isaiah Jackson added 14 points and four assists, junior guard Zachariah Rowe came off the bench to add 12 points and senior guard Kelvyn Mason chipped in 10 points for the Bears.
Kabala, a 6-foot junior guard, scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, including all four of his 3-pointers, to lead Webb City (6-4).
NORTH KANSAS CITY 59, GRAIN VALLEY 38: Grain Valley couldn’t overcome a slow start and a cold night shooting in a non-conference home loss to the Hornets Friday.
North Kansas City jumped to a 15-7 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 27-11 by halftime as the Eagles dropped to 6-5 overall.
“All credit to North KC – they totally outplayed us,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We weren’t ready to play, and that’s our fault as coaches. We’ll get back in the gym tomorrow and get better.”
Only three players scored for Grain Valley, which shot just 15 of 50 from the field, including just 2 of 15 from 3-point range. Josh Kilpatrick had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Eagles. Caden Matlon added 14 points and six boards and Cole Keller had six points.
Dan Pennington poured in 28 to lead Northtown (5-7).
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 61, RAYTOWN SOUTH 59: The Broncos trailed by 16 points midway through the third period, but they employed a full-court, man-to-man press to help themselves get back in the game.
North got the lead with less than 45 seconds left to play and made free throws in the last 20 seconds en route to a non-conference victory Friday.
The Broncos led 18-13 at the end of the first quarter. But Raytown South outscored the Broncos 23-12 in the second to take a 36-30 halftime lead. The Broncos trimmed that lead to 50-45 going into the fourth and outscored the Cardinals 16-9 in the final period to capture the win.
Javaunte Hawkins led the Broncos (9-2) with 27 points and Mikel Henderson added 18, including four 3-pointers.