After a rough 3-9 start, the Blue Springs boys basketball team may be putting it together.
A solid team effort helped the Wildcats clip host Kearney 55-49 in overtime Thursday in the semifinals of the Bulldog Classic.
Kyle Bruce and Xavier Loyd each scored 12 points to lead the balanced attack as Blue Springs improved to 5-9 and advanced to the championship at 8 p.m. today against North Kansas City or Kansas City Southeast.
“Great OT win for us tonight,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “Our kids got a huge stop with two seconds left. We executed a full court play and just missed a good look at the buzzer. In overtime, Cooper Willich and Kyle Bruce made some great decisions running the point. Ikenna Ezeogu had a huge game inside and on the boards. Najee Williams provided a spark off the bench, and Jay’Von McKinney was all over the floor. Two in a row never felt so good.”
Ezeogu added 10 points, McKinney had eight and Williams finished with seven for Blue Springs.
Trailing 25-18 at halftime, the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 20-13 in the third period to tie it at 38. The teams ended regulation tied at 43 before the Wildcats had an 11-6 advantage in overtime.
Brennan Watkins led Kearney with 22 points.
Blue Springs advanced to the semifinals with a 52-45 win over Schlagle of Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday. Eli Wingert scored 11 points, Bruce had 10 and Willich and Ezeogu each had nine for the Wildcats, who led 25-19 at halftime.
ODESSA 46, GRAIN VALLEY 38: The Eagles couldn’t overcome a 25-12 halftime deficit as they fell to the Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Pleasant Hill Tournament.
Grain Valley trailed 11-6 at the first quarter and were down 36-23 going into the third quarter.
Jesse Scholtz led Grain Valley (7-6) with 10 points, Gavin Oyler added seven points and eight rebounds and Josh Kilpatrick chipped in with four points and five assists.
“Odessa outplayed us in every way tonight,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “Credit to them for playing with energy throughout the game. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and be ready for Saturday.”
OAK GROVE 68, ST. MICHAEL 57: A big game by its big man lifted host Oak Grove to a non-conference win over St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Thursday.
Trey Bryant, a 6-foot-5 senior, dominated down low for 30 points and 13 rebounds as the Panthers improved to 9-2 with their third straight win and ninth in the last 10.
Oak Grove jumped to an 18-4 lead after one quarter and cruised to the win. Gavin Richardson added 14 points and Tully Thomsen had 12.