It was too little, too late for the Fort Osage boys basketball team Friday.

It was too little, too late for the Fort Osage boys basketball team Friday.

An Austin Regier 3-pointer from the top of the key had the Indians within three points as the final seconds ticked away, but they had no timeouts left, and Park Hill South captured third place in the Patterson Division of the Bank Midwest Classic at William Jewell.

Fort Osage (3-6) rallied in the last couple minutes, forcing several Park Hill South (9-3) turnovers and hurriedly attacking on offense. But, as had been the case throughout the game, the Indians couldn’t convert enough from close range.

“Where’s that been before the last two minutes,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson wondered. “I wish we could just break that down and see what we did right.”

Wilson’s team shot just 19 of 51 from the floor, negating most of the advantage it could have gained from 17 offensive rebounds and 18 forced turnovers. Zach Adams and D’Vante Mosby each gathered 10 rebounds, more than half of them at the offensive end.

“We’d look up and (the deficit) was always nine points, it was always nine points,” he said. “We get a three-point play, they get one. If we got a basket, we couldn’t get a stop. We’ve seen that too many times this season.

“It was layups. We shot six times before they shot once in the first quarter, and we still didn’t score.”

 Despite the struggles for their initial basket, the Indians led 7-6 after one quarter. The game was knotted at 12-all in the second before Park Hill South closed the half with a 14-5 run.  
The Panthers hit four 3-pointers in the second, including a 25-foot buzzer-beater that Anthony Woods banked in a few seconds after Nathan Iloilo hit a 3 for Fort Osage.

“That’s something we knew they could do,” Wilson said. “It should’ve been a six-point game at halftime, and they hit that shot. That’s kind of a deflater.”

Woods proved to be a major thorn for the Indians, recording game-highs of 18 points and four steals.

A 6-0 spurt by Park Hill South to start the fourth gave the Panthers their biggest lead (41-29) before the Indians inched back. Mosby collected an offensive board for a three-point play, making it 48-42 with 1:10 left, but the Indians got no closer until Regier’s futile trey.

Regier netted 14 points, Iloilo 11 and Mosby eight to lead Fort Osage.