The Truman boys basketball team first lost senior guard Kaimen Lennox to an ankle injury.
Then the Patriots lost the game.
Despite Lennox’s return in the second half, the Patriots faltered down the stretch, scoring just five points in the fourth quarter as host North Kansas City rallied from a 40-32 third-quarter deficit for a 48-45 win Wednesday in the semifinal of the North Kansas City Invitational.
“We had a 13-point lead and were playing well,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “Kaimen injured an ankle early and came back in the second half and toughed it out. We only scored five points in the fourth quarter – just could not get it to drop.”
The Patriots outscored the Hornets 17-12 in the second quarter for a 28-22 halftime lead. Trailing 40-32, Northtown outscored Truman 16-5 in the final quarter for the win and a spot in Friday’s 6:30 p.m. championship game against Raymore-Peculiar.
Lennox finished with three points. Jeilel Phillips scored 14 points, Sam Billimon added 13 and Max Black had nine to lead the Patriots (10-4), who meet Park Hill South (11-4) in the third-place game at 5 p.m. Friday.
VAN HORN 92, PEMBROKE HILL 73: Jaden Monday continued his recent hot scoring streak to lead host Van Horn to a victory over Pembroke Hill Wednesday.
Monday followed a career-high 47 points in Tuesday’s 83-80 win over Summit Christian Academy with 29 against Pembroke Hill.
Caleb Tanis added 24 points as the Falcons improved to 9-6 overall.
KANSAS CITY CENTRAL 68, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 61: Lee’s Summit North couldn’t get past Kansas City Central and suffered its fourth straight loss in a Summit Grill Shootout consolation semifinal Wednesday at Lee’s Summit High School.
Central led 40-37 at halftime, took a 55-48 lead after three quarters and held on for the win.
Dayne Davis sank four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the Broncos (3-10), who meet Hogan Prep in the seventh-place game 4 p.m. Friday.
TRUMAN 67, ST. TERESA’S 54: Truman broke a 14-14 tie with a 24-10 advantage in the second quarter and held off a St. Teresa’s Academy rally in the fourth for a win in a consolation semifinal in the Pete Hile Invitational Wednesday at Truman High School.
Taliyah Scott fired in 24 points to lead the Patriots (11-4) to the win and a spot in Saturday’s noon consolation final.
Deon Monroe added 19 points and Urya’ Williams had 10 as the Patriots prevailed despite shooting just 23 of 40 from the free throw line.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 56, ST. MICHAEL 53: Lee’s Summit North outscored St. Michael the Archangel Catholic 15-7 in the third quarter and held on for a win in the consolation semifinals of the KA-MO Classic Wednesday at Blue Valley (Kan.) North High School.
The Broncos erased a 29-25 deficit with the third-quarter spree to take a 40-36 lead entering the final quarter.
Elauni Bennett fired in 19 points, Lauren Draney added 11 and Meleah Grayson had nine to lead the Broncos (5-6), who face St. James Academy at 4:30 p.m. Friday.