Jaguars Looking Forward

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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.

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