The Fort Osage boys basketball team saved its best for the postseason.
The Indians rallied in the fourth quarter to tie it and send it to overtime and then outscored Liberty North 9-5 in the extra period to claim a 59-55 victory in the first round of the Class 5 District 15 Tournament Monday at Liberty High School.
Xavier Kahube took an inbound pass and sank a shot with 11 seconds left to tie it 50-50. He then blocked a Liberty North shot, which caromed off a Liberty North player out of bounds.
The Indians (8-16) missed on their last second shot in regulation but took control early in overtime to advance to Tuesday’s 5 p.m. semifinal against top-seed Liberty (19-6).
“It was a great team win – probably the best team game we’ve played all year,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “And it showed in the fourth quarter and overtime. We were really unselfish and kept fighting. Every time they extended the lead, we would answer. We just kept coming back and fighting. In the fourth quarter and overtime, the defense was just great.”
Eli Parker made two free throws early in overtime, then Miles Dunfield hit a key 3-pointer to extend the lead. Parker, Braden Pottberg and Triston Turner hit key free throws down the stretch to help the Indians hold on and seal the win.
Fort Osage trailed 39-35 entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Eagles 15-11 to tie it.
Kahube finished with 14 points to lead the balanced attack that offset 10 3-pointers by Liberty North (12-14). Dunfield and Pottberg each added 12 points, Turner had nine and Parker finished with eight.