The defense sparked the offense for the Blue Springs South boys basketball team Tuesday.
The Jaguars used strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to spoil Lee’s Summit North’s home and regular season finale with a 69-50 Suburban Big Six victory.
The Jaguars fell behind 20-17 after one quarter but overwhelmed the Broncos with a 24-7 advantage in the second quarter for a 41-27 halftime lead.
"We started slowly, but changed our energy level defensively in the second quarter and picked up our pace offensively, which helped turn the game in our favor," Jaguars coach Josh Smith said. "Dallas Whitney was a standout at both ends of the floor."
Whitney scored 13 points to give the Jaguars five with nine or more points. Devin Tomlinson led the way with 18, followed by Whitney, Cade Berg (12), Khayden Hooks (10) and Johnny George (9).
The Jaguars, who improved to 14-10 overall and 6-3 in the conference with their fourth straight win, conclude their regular season Friday at Lee’s Summit West.
Kolby Franklin scored 15 pts, Dayne Davis added 11 and Hayden Cole had six for the Broncos, who finished the regular season at 4-20 overall and 1-9 in the Big Six with their 14th straight loss (not counting a forfeit win over Hogan Prep on Jan. 24). The Broncos meet Belton at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Class 5 District 13 Tournament.
TRUMAN 63, LEE’S SUMMIT 50: Runey Hernandez saved his best for the regular season’s last game.
Hernandez fired in a career-high 19 points as Patriots held off Lee’s Summit’s second-half rally for a Suburban Large Seven victory Tuesday.
After taking a 30-17 halftime lead, Lee’s Summit pulled within 43-39 entering the final period. The Tigers cut it to a two-point margin before Truman to seal it and finish the regular season 16-9 overall and 7-5 in the conference.
"We played a solid first half but struggled in the third," Truman coach Rod Briggs said. "We did good things the last two minutes of the game to ice away the game. Runey Hernandez had an excellent game for us."
Truman sank 23 of 33 free throws, including 6 of 6 by Macio Moananu, who finished with nine points.
Kaimen Lennox added 17 points and Sam Billimon matched Moananu’s nine.
Amari Kemp scored 15 points, all in the second half, and Max Whisner added 11 to lead Lee’s Summit (8-16, 2-9).
OAK PARK 57, FORT OSAGE 53: Fort Osage’s second half rally fell just short in a Suburban Middle Seven loss to host Oak Park Tuesday.
The Indians pulled within three points in the third quarter but missed a shot to cut it to one and the Northmen held on down the stretch.
"We made a furious comeback and had a good shot to cut it to one but missed it," Indians coach Josh Wilson said. "I’m proud of the effort but we didn’t have enough in the end to get it done."
Braden Pottberg made all seven of his free throws and led the Indians (6-16, 1-10) with 21 points. Triston Turner added 11 points and Xavier Kahube had eight.
PLATTE COUNTY 59, GRAIN VALLEY 49: The return of Cole Keller wasn’t enough for Grain Valley in its regular season and Suburban Small Seven finale Tuesday.
Grain Valley tied it at 31 early in the third quarter but the host Pirates outscored the Eagles 12-7 the rest of the period to take a 43-38 lead into the final quarter.
Keller, who was injured late in the football season, finished with 15 points in his first game this season. Caden Matlon led Grain Valley with 16 and Josh Kilpatrick added 13.
"It was good to have Cole back. We just need to get everyone on the same page and play together," Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. "Looking forward to Saturday."
The Eagles, who finished the regular season 15-10 overall and 5-7 in the conference, meet Pembroke Hill at 4 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the Class 4 District 14 Tournament at Oak Grove High School.
WARRENSBURG 60, OAK GROVE 49: Early foul trouble cost Oak Grove in its regular season in an MRVC West road loss Tuesday.
Warrensburg extended a 10-9 first-quarter lead to 30-22 by halftime and held off the Panthers (12-10, 5-4 MRVC West).
"We battled some foul trouble early tonight and never could get into an offensive rhythm," Oak Grove coach Dustin Fox said. "I think our guys played hard as they always do, but Warrensburg and Coach (Chris) Nimmo do a great job of being fundamentally sound and frustrating you on the defensive end. If you aren't solid, they will exploit you with quality shots."
Tully Thomsen tallied 18 points, Eli Wycoff added 10 points, Brenden Marsh had eight points and five rebounds and Kyle Ewing contributed seven rebounds and took three charges.
Oak Grove plays host to Excelsior Springs Thursday in its regular season finale before facing Odessa at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on its home court in the first round of the Class 4 District 14 Tournament.