A quick Lincoln Prep start was too much for Fort Osage to overcome Tuesday.

A quick Lincoln Prep start was too much for Fort Osage to overcome Tuesday.
The reigning Interscholastic League champion Blue Tigers (6-2) scored the game’s first seven points and led all the way in claiming a 71-51 decision over the Indians (2-5) in the Patterson Division’s fifth-place game in the Bank Midwest/William Jewell Holiday Classic.
“For some reason, we were sluggish,” Fort Osage junior guard E.J. Gaines said. “I think we underestimated their quickness. They’re a lot like Hickman Mills and they did a good job of hitting the offensive boards. We didn’t do a good job of boxing out.”
The Tigers outrebounded the Indians 13-4 in the first period and limited Fort Osage to 3-of-7 shooting from the field.
Lincoln Prep was 10 of 17 en route to grabbing to a 21-9 advantage after one quarter.
“I didn’t expect us to be as flat as we were,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “Our players said they were ready to play, but obviously they weren’t, and I take the blame for that.
“They outscored us 41-19 in the first and third quarters. We tied them (12-12) in the second and outscored them (20-18) in the fourth.”
One bright spot for the Indians was senior guard Ja’Wan Davis, who matched Lincoln Prep’s Nick Jackson for game-high scoring honors with 24 points. Davis finished the tournament with 82 points in three games after totaling 30 and 28 in his first two games.
“I can’t say enough good things about him,” Wilson said of Davis. “He had a great, great tournament. He plays at a level that many can’t match.”
Lincoln Prep coach Marshall Draper substituted liberally in the second and fourth quarters as the Tigers dominated nearly every statistical category.
The Tigers finished with 31 of 59 from the field and outrebounded the Indians 43-31.
Fort Osage hit 19 of 55 floor shots, including a dismal 4 of 22 from behind the 3-point arc.
“We’re starting to find ourselves,” said Draper, whose team finished fourth last season in the Class 4 state tournament. “We have a lot of new guys in there who are getting use to one another.
“We stressed crashing the boards hard today because we knew Fort Osage can be a very physical team and usually does a good job of blocking out. That helped us get off to a good start. We did a better job of taking good shots and making good passes. This was a good win for us.”
Nick Jackson led the Tigers by sinking 10 of 13 shots to score 24 points. Aaron Young added 20 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.