By Shawn Garrison, Examiner.net
A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn’t enough for the Blue Springs boys basketball team to get past visiting Lee’s Summit West as the Class 5 No. 3-ranked Titans claimed an 83-77 victory Tuesday.
“Wish we’d have played three quarters like we played in the fourth,” said Wildcats guard Walter Sorrells, who scored a game- and career-high 27 points. “My heart hurts; it really hurts, because I think we should have won this one.
“But we showed we can play with the best teams, and now, we have to go into every game knowing we can compete with anyone. That is, if we play hard for four quarters.”
The score is a bit deceiving as the Titans took a 68-45 lead into the final quarter thanks to a 12-0 run to start the third quarter.
“For a while, I was worried about a running clock,” Wildcats coach Adam Jones said after his team fell to 3-2. “After that 12-0 start, I thought they might plow us. But some things were said during a timeout and it fired some guys up.
“Once they got fired up, everyone got fired up and we at least made it close. I wasn’t even looking at the score, I just wanted the guys to play hard, to play with some fire and intensity, and they did.”
Elijah Lee caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 14 points. He also grabbed a team-high 15 rebounds.
“It was like we didn’t get intense until we were down by 23 points going into the fourth quarter,” Lee said. “You see that final score and think how close it was, but it wasn’t close until we started playing in the fourth quarter.
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