This week was full of tournaments that featured the best from both sides of the state. In case you missed the action, here are a few recaps of the week.
By Jared Rader, 810Varsity.com
Falcons soar on final shot
In a back-and-forth game between Sunflower and Olathe city rivals, Olathe South senior David Nelson took the biggest shot of the early season: a three-pointer with his team trailing 43-42 with 2 seconds to give Olathe South the 45-43 victory and clinching the Ray-Pec Sonic Shoot-Out Championship Friday night. It should be a fun year in the Sunflower League when they meet up for the last game of the season on February 22 at Olathe East. League title maybe on the line?
The Falcons had beat Lee’s Summit West in overtime 64-61 in the semifinals. Nelson had 25 points in that victory.
Washington looks to roar
Washington made a statement with their second championship in three years in the Citizen’s National Bank Invitational in Leavenworth Saturday. Washington will be a relentless defensive team to reckon with, and physical inside with James Jappa. Jappa muscled his way to a 19-point, 17-rebound performance in the 62-48 win over Leavenworth in the championship game. The night before, Jappa had 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Washington’s next challenge will be against Lee’s Summit West in the Hy-Vee Shoot-Out Thursday.
Jaguars rock the Hawklets
With both teams rolling through the first two games of the Blue Springs/Blue Springs South McDonald’s Tournament, it looked like it was going to be an exciting game between Rockhurst and Blue Springs South in the finals. The Jaguars had other plans. Behind Kevin Puryear’s 21 pints and Justin Pitts’ 17, Blue Springs South built a double-digit lead the entire second half to win the championship game, 75-57.
Blue Valley Shoot-Out: Highland Park
Interscholastic League Holiday Tournament: East
Liberty North Invitational: Liberty North
Shawnee Mission East Tournament: Shawnee Mission East
Topside Tipoff: Ottawa
Teams looking strong:
Blue Springs South
Shawnee Mission South
Shawnee Mission East
Duke has sure picked a player in Ottawa’s Semi Ojeleye. Ojeleye had a great tournament performance in the Topside Tipoff in Goodland. He scores 58 points in the first game of the tourney, 44 in the semifinals, and 41 in the championship game
Highlight of the Week:
Roy Clayter receiving an alley oop from Donte Gibson
Blue Springs dominates tourney
Blue Springs dominated the Blue Springs/Blue Springs South McDonald’s Tournament. They blasted through the first two games and never trailed Hickman in the championship, though the game was close. The seniors dominated the game scoring 48 of the Wildcats’ points in their 63-50 victory over Hickman.
Since their loss to Rock Bridge, the Wildcats have won by an average of 42 (but that’s including a 95-11 victory).
Olathe South wins OS Invitational
Olathe South used defense and three pointers to win the final Olathe South Invitational of 30 years beating Blue Valley 55-45. They forced 15 turnovers while hitting six three-pointers. The Falcon’s Kylee Kopatich finished with 22 points. Their defense dominated the tourney prior to the championship game holding opponents to under 29 points a game.
Cardinal Invitational: Piper
Liberty North Invitational: Liberty
Teams looking strong:
St. Thomas Aquinas