The Fort Osage boys basketball team was calm in the face of adversity Tuesday night.
The Indians saw a nine-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate quickly as Oak Park senior guard Ahmad Lewis drained three heavily guarded 3-pointers to tie it.
The Indians quickly rebounded, though, and went on to a 66-62 Suburban Middle Seven victory.
“Those were shots we wanted him to take,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “He was guarded close and all three shots were off balance but he got them in. But our kids inbounded the ball after the third one, made two passes and sank a layup. No one panicked.”
Darren Horning sank the layup for two of his 18 points to put the Indians back ahead by two. Fort Osage then sank free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Ty Baker scored a team-high 19 points and Jared Larson added 15 – including his team’s first eight – as the Indians improved to 15-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
“Collectively we rebounded well as a team too,” Wilson said.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 76, PARK HILL 65: Blue Springs South used a big second quarter to push past host Park Hill for a Suburban Big Six win Tuesday.
Trailing 17-12 after the first quarter, the Jaguars blitzed the Trojans with a 28-12 advantage in the second for a 40-29 halftime lead. They extended it to 62-43 entering the final quarter.
Jaylon McDaniel scored 23 points and Caleb Israelite sank six 3-pointers on the way to 20 points to lead the Jaguars (12-6, 3-1 Big Six). Khayden Hooks added 13 points and Devin Tomlinson had 12, all in the second half on the strength of three 3-pointers.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 76, BLUE SPRINGS 59: Javaunte Hawkins had another big night offensively to lead Lee’s Summit North to a Suburban Big Six win over host Blue Springs Tuesday.
Hawkins poured in 34 points, sinking seven 3-pointers and going 7 of 8 from the free throw line as the Broncos (15-3) remained unbeaten in Big Six play at 4-0. Tommy Erwin added 12 points and Mikel Henderson had 10 to help spark the Broncos.
Kaden Spruell tallied 15 points and Kyle Bruce added 14 as Blue Springs dropped to 5-13 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
North took a 34-33 halftime lead but pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 42-26 in the final two quarters.
GRAIN VALLEY 59, KEARNEY 52: Grain Valley used a big third quarter to erase a nine-point halftime deficit to claim a Suburban Small Seven win Tuesday.
Trailing 27-18, the Eagles outscored the host Bulldogs 22-9 in the third quarter to grab a 40-36 advantage entering the final period.
Cole Keller posted 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the way for the Eagles (11-8, 4-3 Small Seven). Caden Matlon added 16 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals, Josh Kilpatrick had 13 points, Kevin Gutierrez chipped in four points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals and Gavin Oyler had six points and eight rebounds.
STALEY 63, TRUMAN 57: Truman battled back from four points down with 51 seconds left to tie it, but Staley was too much in overtime to send the Patriots to a Suburban Large Seven loss Tuesday.
Staley outscored Truman 11-5 in overtime to claim the win after Truman tied it at 52 at the end of regulation on Sam Billimon’s 3-pointer with 15.7 seconds left.
“We lost a heartbreaker tonight,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “Our guys absolutely played with incredible heart. We missed too many free throws and gave up a couple of key offensive rebounds.”
Truman trailed 28-22 at halftime but rallied to tie it 42-42 entering the final quarter.
Sam Billimon led four players in double figures with 18 points. Don Edmondson added 14, Kaimen Lennox had 12 and Jeilel Phillips 11 as Truman fell to 8-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
OAK GROVE 90, HARRISONVILLE 66: Oak Grove had five scorers in double figures in a rout of visiting Harrisonville Tuesday.
Trey Bryant scored 20 points as the Panthers improved to 14-3 overall and 3-0 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
“We really shared the ball well and got out in transition well,” Oak Grove coach Ty Hames said.
Tully Thomsen and Tihjani Jackson each added 16 points and Ely Wycoff and Gavin Richardson each had 13 to help lead Oak Grove.
The Panthers led 20-16 after the first quarter and outscored the Wildcats 27-14 in the second for a 47-30 advantage at halftime.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 43, BELTON 30: Chrisman raced to a 14-2 lead after one quarter and cruised to a Suburban Middle Seven victory Tuesday night.
The Bears led 28-14 at halftime and extended the lead to 41-23 going into the fourth.
Gia Moore led Chrisman (17-2, 6-1) with 16 points and Tierra Lopez and Jacque David each added seven.
BLUE SPRINGS 55, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 46: The Wildcats used a big fourth quarter in which they outscored the Broncos 17-8 in a Suburban Big Six Conference win Monday.
Blue Springs led 11-9 after the first quarter, but fell behind 25-23 at halftime. Blue Springs came back to tie it at 38 going into the fourth.
Aliyah Bello led Blue Springs (8-7, 2-1) with 17 points, followed by Jayla Sample with 12 and Lily Queen with 11.