Fort Osage, Blue Springs move on to fifth-place games in tournament
Fort Osage boys basketball coach Josh Wilson likes the west rim on the Mabee Center’s main court – and Ja’Wan Davis probably does, too, after what happened Saturday afternoon in the Bank Midwest/William Jewell Holiday Basketball Classic.
Fort Osage trailed Raymore-Peculiar 52-51 with less than 20 seconds to play when Davis got the ball outside the 3-point arc at the west end and shot.
The ball hit the front rim, but bounced into the basket, giving the Indians boost they needed to win their Patterson Division consolation semifinal 58-52 in William Jewell’s Mabee Center.
The Indians play Lincoln Prep for fifth place at 10 a.m. Tuesday
“Coach (Wilson) said that’s always a shooter’s rim because it’s kind of bouncy, so you get a shooter’s bounce every now and then,” Davis said.
Wilson, a William Jewell alum who considers the rim his “favorite,” said he “was about two seconds from calling a play” when Davis got the ball.
The basket was part of a 19-point fourth quarter for Davis, who finished with a game-leading 28 points and posted his third straight game with 25 points or more. The senior guard scored 25 Dec. 19 against North Kansas City, then 30 in Fort Osage’s opening-round loss to Hickman Mills Friday.
“Once he starts playing hard, he’s hard to stop, defensively and offensively,” Wilson said.
Davis’ tear helped Fort Osage outscore Ray-Pec 24-11 the final quarter.
“We always have big fourth quarters,” said Davis, who pointed out that the Indians scored 33 fourth-quarter points against Northtown, more than their total points through three quarters (32).
Fort Osage needed a big fourth quarter against Ray-Pec (1-6). Trailing 32-31 late in the third quarter, Ray-Pec ripped off a 12-2 run that stretched into the fourth quarter and threatened to build a double-digit lead.
Panthers coach Scott Jermain, attributed the run to not turning the ball over, something he couldn’t say that about the rest of the game. Ray-P ec committed 31 turnovers overall to Fort Osage’s 17.
“When you have 31 turnovers, you’re not going to win a (Class 5) basketball game,” he said.
Ray-Pec’s stretch of taking care of the ball and scoring didn’t bother Wilson.
“I knew, with the way we play, (that) if we got going, we’d be fine,” he said.
The Indians “got going” and briefly reclaimed a one-point lead on a Davis layup with 2:30 left in the final quarter before Josh Stockman answered with a 2-point goal to score the last of his team-leading 16 points and give Ray-Pec its last lead. Davis then bounced in the 3-pointer, sank two foul shots and scored a late 2-point basket to help put Fort Osage in the Patterson Division’s fifth-place game with the Cameron/Lincoln Prep winner at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the Mabee Center’s south court.
Blue Springs 62, Platte County 44: Alex Pottberg’s 19 points off the bench helped Blue Springs (4-5) cruise past Platte County Saturday in the Cardinal Division consolation semifinals.
David Farmer and Greg Wisner each contributed 10 points.
The Wildcats play Suburban Big Seven foe St. Joseph Central at noon Tuesday for fifth place.
“I thought our (defensive) pressure forced enough turnovers that converted to easy baskets for us to give us the lead,” Blue Springs coach Frank Wheeler said. “I thought we continued to apply that pressure late in the game to maintain our lead. When they started extending their pressure, I thought our kids did a good job (of) attacking the basket and scoring easy buckets late in the game to go ahead and stretch it out for an easy win.”