The Truman boys basketball team raced out to a 35-18 halftime lead, aided by a second quarter in which it outscored Liberty North 20-6, and the Patriots went on to earn a 59-53 victory in Suburban Large Seven Conference action.

The Eagles outscored the Patriots 18-8 in the third to pull within 43-36 going into the fourth. Truman did just enough in the final period to hang on to the win.

“We played an excellent first half and then held on to win in the second half,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “I am proud of how we battled the entire game and proud of how we handled their run at us in the second. half. I loved how balanced our scoring was tonight. This is what I expected at the beginning of the season.

“One of the keys for tonight was us having a great shoot-around and our guys doing a good job of knowing the scouting report and knowing the keys to victory tonight.”

Don Edmondson led Truman (9-11, 2-6 Large Seven) with 17 points, followed by Sam Billimon with 14,, Kaimen Lennox with 12 and Jeilel Phillips with 11.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 95, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 83: In a game that didn’t have much defense, the Broncos won the shootout largely thanks to a game-high 37 points from senior guard Javaunte Hawkins as they earned a Suburban Big Six Conference victory against the rival Titans.

The Broncos led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime up 44-38. West narrowed the gap to 60-58 going into the final period, but the Broncos won the fourth 38-25.

Hawkins sank six 3-pointers, Mikel Henderson added 22 points, Elijah Smith added 18 and Tommy Irwin chipped in with 10 for North (17-3, 5-0 Big Six)


BISHOP WARD (KAN.) 71, VAN HORN 39: Kansas City (Kan.) Bishop Ward took control early against the Van Horn girls basketball team and didn’t let up Friday, claiming a Crossroads Conference victory.

Bishop Ward led 18-9 after one quarter 34-19 at halftime.

Olivia Tali netted 13 points and Bri Pace 11 for Van Horn, which fell to 9-9.

LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 52, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 42: Broncos senior Anija Frazier tied the school record for most 3-pointers made in a game with seven, but it wasn’t enough as her team fell to the crosstown rival Titans in Suburban Big Six Conference action.

The Titans led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and pushed the lead to 28-19 at halftime and extended the lead to 44-28 going into the fourth.

Frazier led the Broncos (3-15, 1-5) with 27 points.