Kaimen Lennox surpassed a career milestone and the Truman boys basketball team used a strong start for a conference win.
Lennox, a senior guard, scored 15 points to surpass 1,000 for his career to help lead the Patriots to a 59-46 Suburban Large Seven home victory over St. Joseph Central.
Jeilel Phillips led Truman’s early surge, scoring 11 of his team-high 17 points as the Patriots raced to a 28-15 lead after one quarter.
“We played excellent the first quarter, but lost focus late,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said.
The Patriots led 40-24 at halftime and held on for the win.
Sam Billimon added 11 points for Truman, which improved to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
A.J. Redman scored 23 points to lead St. Joseph Central (4-5).
BLUE SPRINGS 64, BLUE VALLEY NORTH 61: For the second straight night, Blue Springs rallied for a victory to earn a berth in the championship of the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic.
Trailing 46-40, the Wildcats outscored Blue Valley (Kan.) North 24-15 in the final period to claim the semifinal victory Tuesday.
The Wildcats advanced to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. championship game against host Raymore-Peculiar, a 41-40 winner over William Chrisman in the other semifinal.
Freshman Jada Williams fired in 20 points and Ja'Cole Johnson added 19 to lead the Wildcats, who improved to 6-3 overall with their fifth straight win.
Blue Springs jumped to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter and maintained a 28-21 lead at halftime. Blue Valley North outscored the Wildcats 25-12 in the third to take the lead before the Wildcats rallied.
Jayla Sample added 12 points for Blue Springs.
In Monday’s first-round game against Grandview, the Wildcats rallied from a seven-point third-quarter deficit to tie it and send it to overtime tied at 51. Blue Springs then outscored the Bulldogs 13-5 in the extra period for a 64-56 win.
Williams poured in 28 points, with all of them coming after halftime. Aliyah Bello added 12 and Johnson had 10.
Blue Springs managed just 11 points in the first half, including two in the first quarter, and trailed 17-11 at halftime.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 41, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 40: William Chrisman missed some late free throws and fell to host Ray-Pec in the semifinals of the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic Tuesday.
Gia Moore, who led the Bears with 15 points on 9 of 10 free throw shooting, sank a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left to put the Bears ahead 39-38, but Ray-Pec grabbed the lead again and survived a pair of Chrisman opportunities to tie it.
The Bears led 22-17 at halftime and 32-25 entering the final quarter, but the Panthers outscored them 16-8 in the final quarter for the win.
Chrisman (4-4) drops into the third-place game against Blue Valley North at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Jennifer David added nine points, eight rebounds and five steals and Mele Taula had six points and 13 rebounds for the Bears.
VAN HORN 40, OAK GROVE 35: Lexi Robinson scored 16 points as Van Horn held off Oak Grove for a non-conference road win Tuesday.
The Falcons grabbed a 17-13 halftime lead and extended it to 32-24 entering the final quarter before holding off a Panthers rally.
Daisy Washington added 15 points for Van Horn (4-3).