Rockhurst appeared to be on its way to another boys basketball win – and its second over Blue Springs South.
The undefeated Hawklets entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 39-30 lead over the visiting Jaguars.
But South rallied to claim a 53-52 win and send Rockhurst to its first loss of the season Friday at Rockhurst.
Trailing 52-50 with a few seconds left, the Jaguars inbounded the ball. Guard Khayden Hooks took the inbounds pass, drove into the lane and kicked the ball out on the right wing to Caleb Israelite, who sank a 3-pointer with about 3 seconds left to put the Jaguars ahead.
Rockhurst, now 17-1, was unable to score after inbounding the ball with 2.8 seconds left as the Jaguars improved to 13-6 with their fourth straight win.
Rockhurst jumped to a 17-9 lead after one quarter and maintained a 26-19 lead at halftime.
“I thought our guys really fought and battled hard,” Jaguars coach Josh Smith said. “We dug ourselves a hole early on and then had to climb back into it again after facing a deficit early in the fourth, so for our guys to find a way to get it done against a really outstanding Rockhurst team, we’re certainly pleased with the level of toughness the guys displayed.”
Israelite led the charge with 10 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, including the game-winner. Jaylon McDaniel added 12 points and Hooks had eight on an 8-of-8 night from the free throw line.
Devin Tomlinson hit a pair of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with six points along with Cade Berg.
GRAIN VALLEY 51, SMITHVILLE 31: Grain Valley didn’t score a point in the fourth quarter Friday.
The Eagles didn’t need any to rout visiting Smithville for a Suburban Small Seven win.
“Tonight was a great night for our program. We had a great atmosphere, our kids played hard and unselfish, and we were able to reward all of our guys with significant minutes,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “I was really proud of our guys for taking care of their teammates. We have so many guys who work extremely hard in practice today and don't always get rewarded, it's important that those guys get their opportunities.”
Josh Kilpatrick scored 15 points and Caden Matlon added 14 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the Eagles (12-8, 5-3 Small Seven).
Grain Valley raced to a 15-3 lead after one quarter, extended it to 30-9 by halftime and made it 51-17 before the Warriors had a 14-0 advantage in the fourth.
Cole Keller added nine points and eight rebounds and Kevin Gutierrez had no points but dished out nine assists.
BLUE SPRINGS 57, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 55: Blue Springs rallied from a 30-25 halftime deficit and then hung on to claim a Suburban Big Six road win Friday.
The Wildcats pulled within 43-42 entering the final quarter and won it with a 15-12 advantage in the fourth. Cooper Willich scored 14 points, including eight on 6-of-7 free throw shooting in the fourth, to lead a balanced attack for Blue Springs.
“The kids battled hard tonight,” Wildcats coach Adam Jones said. “Kian Scroggins (27 points) was a load inside against us, but we were super proud of they way our kids kept fighting through the four quarters. Ray-Pec got a great look from the 3-point line at the end of the game, but fortunately it did not go down and we secured the rebound for the win.”
Eli Wingert added 11 points and Jay’Von McKinney and Kyle Bruce each had 10 for the Wildcats (6-13, 2-3 Big Six), who snapped a four-game losing streak.
FORT OSAGE 64, RUSKIN 38: A big second quarter sparked Fort Osage to a Suburban Middle Seven win over host Ruskin Friday.
Jared Larson poured in 21 points as the Indians improved to 16-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
Leading 12-9, the Indians went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter to take a 26-11 lead into halftime.
“The last time we played them it went into overtime, so our game plan was to definitely defend them in the paint and we were able to do that,” Indians coach Josh Wilson said. “We did a pretty good of attacking the basket and getting to the line.”
The Indians were 17 of 28 from the free throw line while Ruskin only shot six free throws total.
Triston Turner added 11 points and Ty Baker and Cahleel Smith each added nine.
ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 69, TRUMAN 59: Truman continued to struggle at home and in Suburban Large Seven play with a loss to the visiting Indians Friday.
The Patriots trailed just 30-27 at halftime but Central pulled away with an 18-11 advantage in the third quarter.
“Just not our night,” Patriots coach Rod Briggs said. “We got out-rebounded and went 7 of 15 from the free throw line. We need to figure out how to play as hard at home as we do on the road. Just one week ago we gave a great effort at Lee Summit. Tonight we did not have that same effort. That makes no sense to me, but we will work on figuring that out.”
Kaimen Lennox scored 16 points to lead Truman (8-11, 1-6 Large Seven). Don Edmondson added 13 and Sam Billimon and Macio Moananu had 10 each.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 75, PARK HILL SOUTH 67: The No. 10 state-ranked Broncos improved to 16-3 on the year after a win over the Panthers in a non-conference matchup.
Javaunte Hawkins led Lee’s Summit North with 24 points, followed by Elijah Smith with 18 and Mikel Henderson with 14.
VAN HORN 45, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 27: Van Horn got a boost from Olivia Tali in her first varsity start in a rout of visiting Heritage Christian Friday.
Tali tallied nine points in her first game as the Falcons improved to 11-8 overall and 3-1 in the Crossroads Conference.
Lexi Robinson scored 12 points to lead the way and Addison Smith also added nine. The Falcons jumped to a 24-15 halftime lead and extended it to 35-21 entering the final period.
FORT OSAGE 75, RUSKIN 60: Last week, Ardaysia Fenner had a career-game when she scored 19 points in a 56-46 victory against Grain Valley.
On Friday, she topped that effort.
She scored a career-high 22 points to help Fort Osage capture a win over Ruskin in Suburban Middle Seven Conference action.
Kiyley Flowers added 12 points, and Austin Moise had nine to help the Indians improve to 7-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Fort Osage led 19-11 after the first period and pushed the lead to 40-28 at halftime. The Indians blew it up in the third period, taking a 64-42 lead into the final period.
“Great team win for (us) tonight!” Indians coach Lindsay Thompson said. “(We) were tough, poised and consistent.”