The Truman boys basketball team was outscored 23-5 at the free throw line and still only lost by five points.
That disparity and a lull in the second quarter cost the Patriots in a 62-57 Suburban Large Seven home loss to Liberty North Friday night.
“The story of the game was the free throw line. They shot 32, we shot 10,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said of his team going 5 of 10 from the line while the Eagles were 23 of 32.
Truman grabbed a 17-10 lead after the first quarter, but Liberty North used a 15-7 advantage in the second quarter to take a 25-24 lead at halftime.
Truman tied it at 43 entering the final period but the Eagles had a 19-14 advantage in the fourth – including an 8-of-12 performance at the line – to claim the victory.
“They are a well-coached defensive team,” Briggs said of the Eagles. “We picked up a lot of silly fouls. Very disappointed because we played pretty good otherwise. We had a poor second quarter – that hurt us.”
Kaimen Lennox scored 17 points, including eight in the first quarter, to pace the Patriots (14-8, 5-4 Large Seven). Jeilel Phillips added 11 points, Caleb Allen had nine and Max Black seven.
GRANDVIEW 65, GRAIN VALLEY 50: Grain Valley couldn’t recover from a slow start in a Suburban Small Seven home loss to the two-time defending Class 4 state champion Bulldogs Friday.
The Eagles trailed just 12-8 after the first quarter, but Grandview used a 21-10 advantage in the second period to take control as the teams played evenly in the second half.
Caden Matlon scored 20 points before fouling out to lead the Eagles. Josh Kilpatrick and Jayden Young each added 10 points.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 63, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 49: Lee’s Summit North got off to a strong start but it quickly faded in the second quarter as the crosstown rival Titans took control in the Suburban Big Six matchup.
North led 14-12 after the first, but West answered to grab a 30-22 halftime lead.
“After a good opening quarter, the athleticism of the Titans took over and we quickly found ourselves down double digits,” Broncos coach Mike Hilbert said after his team’s seventh straight loss, 11 not counting a forfeit win on Jan. 24. “We didn't shoot it well enough to make a comeback tonight.”
Kolby Franklin scored 17 points, Dayne Davis added 11 points and Hayden Cole added 10 to pace the Broncos (4-17, 1-6 Big Six), who beat the Titans 83-73 on Jan. 3 for their only conference win.
BISHOP WARD 49, VAN HORN 31: A very slow start led to Van Horn’s first conference loss Friday.
The Falcons managed just four first-half points – just two points in each quarter – while falling behind 18-4. They were never able to make up the deficit and dropped to 5-1 in the Crossroads Conference and 14-5 overall.
Daisy Washington scored 12 points to lead the Falcons.