Braden Pottberg’s outside shooting helped the Fort Osage boys basketball team bounce back.
After a loss in Tuesday’s first round, Pottberg hit some key shots in the third quarter allowed Fort Osage to break open a tight game and claim an 81-58 victory over Pleasant Hill in a Grain Valley Sonic Showdown consolation semifinal Thursday.
All five starters scored in double figures as the Indians, leading 33-27 at halftime, outscored the Roosters 24-16 in the third to take command.
“It was a little closer at halftime than I wanted, but they sagged in on us with a zone and Braden hit three 3-pointers to open it up,” Indians coach Josh Wilson said of Pottberg, who finished with 11 points. “But really it was all about our defense.”
Triston Turner and Miles Dunfield each scored 15 points to lead the Indians (5-8), who meet Oak Grove in the consolation final at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Xavier Kahube added 14 points and Trent Hogland had 13.
OAK GROVE 47, MARSHALL 46: Oak Grove also bounced back after a first-round loss in the Sonic Showdown, holding off Marshall for a consolation victory Thursday.
The Panthers (8-5) trailed 23-20 at halftime but outscored the Owls 10-6 in the third quarter to grab the lead.
Eli Wycoff tallied 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead Oak Grove.
"We did a good job staying engaged on the defensive end as we struggled a bit on offense tonight,” Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. “Making shots is tough to be consistent, but I thought we had great looks all second half and did enough down the stretch to win a close one. Tully Thomsen and Silas Hicks did a great job on their best player, and Jace Lance and Eli Wycoff did a good job moving us in the right direction offensively in the second half.
Tully Thomsen finished with 11 points and six rebounds and Brenden Marsh had 11 points and nine rebounds to help the Panthers.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 64, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 51: Blue Springs South had no answer for Ray-Pec’s Jordan Jermain and poor free throw shooting also cost the Jaguars in a Suburban Big Six loss Thursday.
Jermain poured in 30 points and the Jaguars shot just 13 of 26 from the line.
“We fought extremely hard and played pretty well for much of the game, but came up a little short against an outstanding team,” Jaguars coach Josh Smith said. “... Jermain basically took over the game ... and I thought we played pretty good defense against him.”
The Jaguars led 30-29 at halftime but Ray-Pec took a 46-42 lead into the final quarter with a 17-12 advantage in the third. The Panthers pulled away in the fourth.
Cade Berg and Devin Tomlinson each scored 10 points and Dallas Whitney added nine to lead the Jaguars (8-7, 1-1 Big Six).
PARK HILL 74, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 60: Another second-quarter lapse doomed Lee’s Summit North in a Suburban Big Six loss to Park Hill Thursday.
The Broncos trailed just 20-18 after the first period but the Trojans used 24-11 advantage in the second to take command with a 44-29 halftime lead.
“Another solid first quarter leads to another poor second quarter and that was that,” Broncos coach Mike Hilbert said.
Hayden Cole sank five 3-pointers on the way to a team-best 19 points, and Kellan Shilt added 10 points for North (4-12), which has lost six straight on the court (not counting a forfeit win over Hogan Prep).
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 67, CENTER 20: Lee’s Summit North raced to a 34-10 halftime lead and didn’t look back in a rout of Center Thursday.
Emani Bennett scored 13 points to lead North’s balanced attack. Elauni Bennett added 11 points and Lauren Draney had eight for the Broncos (6-9).