The Truman boys basketball team capitalized on Oak Park’s quick shooting style Monday.
The Patriots raced to a 29-6 lead after one quarter on the way to a 97-41 rout of the Northmen in the first round of the North Kansas City Invitational.
Sam Billimon led the way, draining five 3-pointers – all in the first half – and finishing with 29 points, including 23 in the first half.
“Obviously we played really well,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “We were not trying for 100. We just kept playing hard and were hitting shots. They also shot it quick and did not get back on defense.”
The Patriots outscored the Northmen 32-14 in the second quarter to take an insurmountable 61-20 lead into halftime.
Caleb Allen added 16 points, Kaimen Lennox had 15, Jeleil Phillips had 14 and Macio Moananu and Runney Hernandez chipped in eight apiece.
Truman (10-3) advances to Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. semifinal against host North Kansas City.
RAYTOWN 78, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 43: Lee’s Summit North couldn’t sustain an early lead and fell to Raytown in the first round of the Summit Grill Shootout Monday at Lee’s Summit High School.
The Broncos opened with a 7-6 lead but the Blue Jays went on a 20-5 run to take a 26-12 lead after one quarter.
The Broncos also lost leading scorer Hayden Cole to a sprained ankle early in the third quarter and could not recover.
Kolby Franklin scored 11 points to lead the Broncos (3-9), who will face Kansas City Central in a consolation semifinal at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
BLUE VALLEY NORTH 61, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 27: Lee’s Summit North couldn’t recover from an early deficit in a loss to the host Mustangs in the first round of the KA-MO Classic Tuesday at Blue Valley North.
The Mustangs grabbed an 18-6 lead after one quarter and extended it to 41-14 by halftime.
Meleah Grayson scored eight points to lead the Broncos (4-6), who play in a consolation game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against St. Michael the Archangel Catholic or Shawnee Mission East.