Just when Hickman looked to grab the break the Kewpies needed, Lee’s Summit West beat them to it.
With 26 seconds left in final of the 38th Annual Culver’s Classic, the Titans led, 64-61. After Hickman fouled West’s Ryan Williams, Williams missed a front of a one-and-one. The problem for Hickman, Williams ended up with the loose ball rebound. Lee’s Summit West would hit 3-of-6 from the line to extend their lead to 67-63 with 6 seconds remaining. From there, West went on to win their second straight Culver’s Classic, 67-65 on Friday.
The battle between two of the top 10 Class 5 teams lived up to expectation of the Culver’s Classic Championship. LS West opened up with two dunks from Monte Harrison leading 6-2. Cecil Williams gave Hickman its first lead with a layup and a free throw 12-10. Chris Clark added two baskets for Hickman to hold a small lead 20-18 after the first quarter.
With a 30-29 lead at half, LS West would expand their lead to 47-37 after 8 straight points from Jared Dixon. But an intentional foul called on LS West and a three pointer from Hickman, the lead was cut down to 47-42.
Hickman kept answering LS West in the fourth quarter. With a three-pointer the game was tied 51-51. With three ties and four lead changes in the quarter, LS West came up the big plays. Harrison grabbed three defensive rebounds to stop Hickman down low and Williams came up with a big layup and free throw to give LS West, 64-59. Hickman answered with a lay-in cutting the lead 64-61 with under a minute setting up Williams with the big offensive rebound off the missed free throw with 26 seconds.
Dixon had 16, Harrison had 15 and nine rebounds, and Williams had 12.
Douglas Johnson had 16 points off the bench for Hickman and Cecil Williams finished with 15.
Lee’s Summit North 57, Raytown 41
North’s Tyler Anderson and Richard Chapman were a duo that Raytown South could not contain. Anderson did his damage in the first quarter and Chapman brought his attack in the second quarter.
Raytown South jumped out to a 7-2 lead but behind Anderson and Chapman, Lee’s Summit North used a 19-4 run to break open a close game. Anderson scored 9 of his game high 21 points in the first quarter to give the Broncos a 16-11 lead. They continued to attack behind Chapman’s three-point shooting, hitting 4 three pointers and scoring 15 of his points in the second quarter giving Lee’s Summit North 37-18 at halftime.
Raytown South would never recover from the dominating second quarter, failing behind as much as 20 in the third quarter. Lee’s Summit North would take 3rd place of the Culvers Classic with a 57-41 win.