Ikenna Ezeogu and Braden Appelhans combined for 40 of the Blue Springs boys basketball team’s 55 points Saturday.
But Wildcats coach Adam Jones said it wasn’t just a two-man show after his Wildcats held off St. Joseph Lafayette for a 55-48 win in the third-place game of the Kearney Bulldog Classic.
“We got off to a good start – everybody contributed,” Jones said. “I was really happy with our effort. Ike and Braden did most of our scoring, but those baskets were set up from executing transition passes and we shared the ball very nicely within our offense.”
Ezeogu scored 21 points – 10 in the first quarter to help the Wildcats grab a 20-10 lead heading into the second. Appelhans finished with 19 and Mike Harrison added nine as the Wildcats finished 2-1 in the tournament and improved to 8-5 overall.
Blue Springs extended the lead to 32-16 at halftime and 46-28 after three quarters before holding off Lafayette’s rally in the fourth.
UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 86, VAN HORN 84: Van Horn couldn’t hold on to a 42-33 halftime lead and fell to University Academy in a close game in the championship of the Bill Burns Tournament Saturday at Lathrop High School.
Van Horn outscored the Gryphons 24-13 in the second period to take control, but University Academy had a 29-19 advantage in the third to take a 62-61 lead into the fourth quarter.
“It was a back and forth game throughout,” Van Horn coach Max Sollars said. “We were up at halftime, but they made some big shots in the fourth. Steven Strong was basically unguardable.”
Strong fired in a game-high 37 points.
Van Horn’s Jaden Monday nearly matched him with 29 points on 14-of-15 free throw shooting. Caleb Tanis added 16 points, Jeremy Paige had 13 and Brycen Dean had 11 for the Falcons (7-6).