Playing without starting senior forward Xavier Kahube hasn’t slowed the Fort Osage boys basketball team recently.
Miles Dunfield fired in 21 points, including a key late 3-pointer, to lead the Indians to a 76-73 victory over visiting Park Hill in a non-conference matchup Friday night.
The Indians rallied from a 39-36 halftime deficit to build a 10-point lead with about seven minutes left in the final quarter. The Trojans, though, pulled within two points when Dunfield drained a 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes left to make it a five-point margin.
The Indians (3-2) hit some free throws down the stretch to hold off Park Hill for their third straight victory.
“We played hard and we played intense and didn’t settle for quick shots,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We were working for good shots. And Triston Turner didn’t have a game points-wise that he usually does, but he was helping us by distributing the ball and rebounding.”
Spurred by a couple key shots from Eli Parker, the Indians outscored the Trojans 18-10 in the third quarter to take control with a 54-49 advantage entering the fourth.
Braden Pottberg added 19 points and Parker finished with 15 to help make up for the injured Kahube.
GRAIN VALLEY 58, PLATTE COUNTY 54: Grain Valley overcame a slow start to capture its fourth straight victory.
The Eagles trailed 13-9 after one quarter but grabbed a 24-22 lead by halftime and held off the Pirates for a Suburban Small Seven home win Friday.
The Eagles shot just 2 of 15 from 3-point range but held Platte County to 3-of-21 shooting from behind the arc.
Caden Matlon and Josh Kilpatrick each poured in 21 points to lead the Eagles (7-1, 3-1 Small Seven). Matlon added six rebounds and two assists and Kilpatrick added eight rebounds. A.J. Salisbury added seven points.
BLUE VALLEY WEST 47, BLUE SPRINGS 40: Blue Springs struggled on offense and couldn’t hold on to a 24-17 halftime lead in a non-conference home loss to Blue Valley (Kan.) West Friday night.
Blue Valley West limited the Wildcats to four third-quarter points to pull within two and claimed the win with a 21-12 advantage in the final quarter.
“We had a difficult time offensively tonight, the third quarter in particular. Our kids were out of sink the entire second half,” Wildcats coach Adam Jones said. “We didn’t move the ball very well and didn’t get as many great looks for our team as we needed. The looks we did have, we simply didn’t capitalize. I thought we did a good job defensively, but unfortunately we had too many empty possessions after those stops.”
Ikenna Ezeogu scored 14 points and Braden Appelhans added 11 to lead Blue Springs, which dropped to 5-2.
OAK GROVE 53, MARSHALL 47: Oak Grove rallied from a third-quarter deficit to capture a non-conference home victory over the Marshall Owls Friday.
Trailing 29-25 entering the final period, the Panthers outscored the Owls 28-18 to claim the victory.
Tully Thomsen fired in 27 points to lead the way for Oak Grove (4-1).
"Tonight was a slugfest where we couldn't do anything right for three quarters offensively,” Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. “Luckily for us we played well in the fourth and were able to come from behind to win. I'm proud of our effort on the defensive end of the floor all night, and our guys responded to adversity when they had to in the fourth. It was an ugly win for us, but a valuable one to play and win a close game and to come together and fight when things aren't going well."
Eli Wycoff added 13 points and Brenden Marsh and Lincoln Hipsher contributed six apiece.
BLUE SPRINGS 64, BLUE VALLEY WEST 31: Blue Springs used a balanced attack and a strong start to down visiting Blue Valley (Kan.) West Friday.
The Wildcats raced to a 19-5 lead after the first quarter and blew it open with an 18-8 advantage in the second period for a 37-13 halftime lead.
Eleven different players scored for Blue Springs, led by Jayla Sample’s 10 points. The Wildcats won their third straight to improve to 4-3.