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Prep basketball roundup: Jaguars rout Ray-Pec with 'complete game'

By The Examiner staff

The Blue Springs South boys basketball team impressed its coach from the beginning Tuesday night.

The Jaguars raced to a big first-half lead and drained 10 3-pointers on the way to a 71-41 rout of host Raymore-Peculiar.

“We played our most complete game of the season – executing our keys at a pretty high level for much of the night – and shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter,” Jaguars coach Josh Smith said after his team evened its overall record at 6-6 while improving to 3-1 in the Suburban Big Eight. “Our defense set the tone in the first half and our seniors – (Devin) Tomlinson, (Ty) Mauck, and (Quinton) Robertson in particular – really stepped up and performed as leaders tonight.”

The Jaguars jumped to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and then quickly turned it into a blowout with a 25-7 run in the second quarter for a 43-14 halftime lead.

Tomlinson scored 17 points, Dallas Whitney added 16 – and “played an outstanding game defensively,” Smith said – and Mauck contributed 11.

Myles Sutton scored 10 points to lead Ray-Pec, which entered 9-2 and 2-1 and had won six of its last seven.

TRUMAN 49, PARK HILL SOUTH 43: Truman overcame a sluggish first half and rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to capture a non-conference road victory Tuesday.

Najee Williams poured in 26 points – 16 in the second half – to lead the Patriots (9-2) to their fourth straight win.

The Patriots fell behind 13-7 after one quarter and the host Panthers extended their lead to 26-15 by the break. Truman took control with a 17-5 advantage in the third quarter and held on for the win.

“We played poorly the first half – struggled with turnovers and missed shots at the rim,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “Second half we played harder and with more purpose. Good third quarter. Najee had a good second half. Max Black hit timely 3s. Runey (Hernandez) rebounded the ball at a high level and Quincy Scott had a stellar defensive game.”

Black finished with 11 points and Hernandez chipped in six.

RAYTOWN 72, FORT OSAGE 35: Fort Osage couldn’t shake the rust of a 21-day layoff in its Suburban Middle Six opener Tuesday.

The host Indians (2-4) fell behind 20-4 after the first quarter and weren’t able to recover in their first game since a 60-54 win over Raytown South on Dec. 21.

“We were very rusty coming out at the beginning after not playing the last 21 days,” Josh Wilson said. “Saw some good things at times, but needed to put better stretches of basketball together. Have to get back to work tomorrow and prepare for Chrisman on Friday.”

Zekiah Tucker scored 14 points, Arthur Wyatt added nine and Branden Pottberg had eight to pace Fort Osage.

Aaron Franklin fired in 24 points and Terrance Jones tallied 20 to help Raytown (10-3) to its third straight win.

KC CENTRAL 47, GRAIN VALLEY 44: Grain Valley couldn’t hold on to a lead in the final quarter in a first-round loss to Kansas City Central in the Pleasant Hill Tournament Tuesday.

The Eagles outscored Central 14-7 in the third quarter to take a 34-32 lead into the fourth, but the Blue Eagles (6-3) made up the difference to advance to the semifinals and claim their sixth straight win.

Grain Valley meets Butler at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a consolation bracket matchup.

Cole Keller had another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Grain Valley (1-8). Jayden Yung added 12 points and A. Snyder had six points and 10 boards.

MARYVILLE 63, OAK GROVE 38: A strong defensive effort early couldn’t save Oak Grove in a loss to Maryville Monday at Hy-Vee Arena.

The Panthers (0-7) trailed just 6-2 after the first quarter but the Spoofhounds outscored them 24-8 in the second quarter to take command with a 30-10 halftime lead.

"I was thrilled with our defensive effort in the first quarter. Unfortunately we didn't get to the rim in the first half like we tried to, and struggled with Maryville's size,” Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. “We did a good job playing the game at our pace and taking care of the ball, we just could not capitalize on the offensive end."

Connor Hernandez scored 12 points to pace Oak Grove.

Girls

ST. MICHAEL 60, UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 29: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic rolled to a pool play victory in Lathrop’s Bill Burns Classic Tuesday.

Victoria Swingle scored 12 points and Audrey Maglich added 10 as the Guardians (6-4) won their third straight.

St. Michael faces Savannah at 6 p.m. Wednesday in its next game in the tournament.