To Blue Springs South boys basketball coach Jimmy Cain, Saturday night’s 66-57 loss to Lee’s Summit West at William Jewell College meant the Jaguars couldn’t finish this season undefeated. Nothing more.

To Blue Springs South boys basketball coach Jimmy Cain, Saturday night’s 66-57 loss to Lee’s Summit West at William Jewell College meant the Jaguars couldn’t finish this season undefeated. Nothing more.

“Every goal that we have is still in front of us,” Cain said.

Carl Martin, who helped lead the Jaguars with 14 points Saturday, also said he was optimistic after the defeat in the Nelson Division championship of American Family Insurance Holiday Basketball Classic at Jewell’s Mabee Center.

“The season continues and the sky’s the limit for us,” Martin said.

Titans coach Michael Schieber has great expectations for South, too.

“They’re going to win a heck of a lot of basketball games, that’s for sure,” Schieber said. “All ultimate respect for them and what they do and their kids. Tremendous competitors.”

Likewise, Cain expressed his own respect for West’s competitive spirit.

“They really brought the fight to us early,” he said. “They were the more physical team, and they looked like the hungrier team.”

The Titans (8-1), ranked third in Class 5 in the state coaches poll, used that scrappy physical play to open with a 14-0 run. The fourth-ranked Jaguars (9-1) didn’t score their first point until Kevin Puryear sank a free throw with 3:19 left in the first quarter. They didn’t score their first field goal until Martin sank a 3-pointer with about 2:50 remaining in the opening period.

“I wouldn’t say (we were) lazy, but they played tougher than us in the 14-0 run,” Martin said.

Puryear’s foul shot and Martin’s trey sparked an 11-0 South run to pull the Jaguars to within 18-11 by the quarter’s end.

South fought to keep it a single-digit ballgame during the second quarter. However, West led 31-21 at halftime, thanks to a buzzer-beating trey by junior guard Monte Harrison, who finished with 17 points and received the Nelson Division’s Most Valuable Player award.

With the score 35-26, West launched a 6-0 spurt to keep it a double-digit game the rest of the third quarter. The Titans led 51-37 at quarter’s end.

The Jaguars made it a single-digit game again when Kris Butts scored on a layup with 57.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Shortly after that, Nelson Division Hustle Award recipient Justin Pitts sank two foul shots for the last of his 14 points to get the Jaguars within seven (64-57). A final bucket by Harrison capped what Schieber called “a great team effort by us.”

“I thought that our kids came out and competed from the (opening) tip all the way to end,” he said.

For Cain, Saturday capped what he considered “a great week.”

“We played well, for the most part,” he said.

Kyndall Powell scored 18 points and Trevor Gregory added 15 points and 15 rebounds for West, which dominated the boards 44-21. Puryear finished with nine points and six rebounds and Kris Butts added eight points for the Jaguars, who were held to 19-of-51 shooting.