For three patient quarters, Fort Osage played on even terms with Raytown. One impatient quarter did the Indians in.
The Indians grabbed a lead in the fourth quarter only to have Raytown close the game with a 10-0 run and claim a 60-51 Suburban Middle Seven boys basketball victory Wednesday night at Raytown.
That run, Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said, was fueled partly by the Indians’ sudden lack of patience that resulted in missed shots and turnovers.
“The big thing we were preaching over and over was patience,” Wilson said. “(Raytown) can go and they can go fast, and they can go quick, and they can get scores just like that.”
Fort Osage (6-10, 1-4 Middle Seven) calmly battled back from eight points down to grab a 49-48 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Indians and Blue Jays swapped leads until a turnaround jumper from Triston Turner put the Indians up 51-50 with 3 minutes to play.
Those would be Fort Osage’s final points.
Dontae Manning scored on Raytown’s next possession to put the Blue Jays up for good. Aaron Franklin scored following a Trayvon Parker steal and after Fort Osage’s Xavier Kahube missed an inside shot, Raytown whittled some clock before Franklin jammed home a perfect pass from Terrance Jones.
When Jones scored again after another Fort Osage turnover, Raytown (14-6, 7-1) had a 58-51 lead with 29 seconds left and added two free throws in the final seconds for good measure.
“We saw we had the little lead and we started playing fast like we had the game under control,” said Turner, who led Fort Osage with 15 points. “Once we start speeding up that’s what they like to do.”
Fort Osage likes to get the ball inside to 6-foot-5 Turner and 6-6 Xavier Kahube, and the Indians were doing enough of that to stay on the Blue Jays’ heels. Raytown jumped out to a 10-2 lead early, but Fort Osage cut it to 15-14 by the end of the first quarter and stayed within 32-28 by halftime.
“We got some good looks inside,” Wilson said. “And we rebounded better than we did last night (in a 59-49 loss to Oak Park). That’s something we have to do all the time.”
Fort Osage managed only one basket over the first two-plus minutes of the third quarter, and that allowed Raytown to build a 38-30 lead midway through the period. The Blue Jays led 45-37 early in the fourth quarter until Eli Parker popped a 3-pointer that started a 12-3 run capped by another Parker 3-pointer and Miles Dunsfield’s fast-break drive that put the Indians up 49-48.
And set up the frantic final minutes.
“Very proud of the effort we showed tonight,” Wilson said. “We have to keep preaching that we can’t take a couple of possessions off, especially against good teams like Raytown.”
Kahube was the only other Indian in double figures with 10 points. Parker scored nine off the bench, all on 3-pointers.
Franklin scored 17 points and Cortez Howlett added 15 to lead Raytown, which also got 12 points from Jones.