Roles were reversed Friday for the Leavenworth boys' basketball team.
Guard oriented so far this season, it was the Pioneer big men who made their presence felt just in time to deliver Leavenworth victory.
With 1:45 left and Miege in the midst of a furious 17-9 run, which cut the Leavenworth lead to just four, Shane Chikerema ripped down an offensive rebound before making a basket off a missed free throw. Then on the other end, fellow forward Acori Myrie secured a contested rebound off a Miege miss.
Those timely boards were enough to steady the Leavenworth guards' hands, and eventually secure a 60-54 Pioneer win.
"We almost lost it late there with those late turnovers, but give our guys credit, they weathered the storm," Leavenworth boy's coach Larry Hogan said.
Succumbing to Miege's defensive pressure, the game turned from a 14-point Pioneer into a one-possession game late in the fourth.
But the huge rebounds seemed to have a calming effect on the home team. Leavenworth slowed down, started controlling the ball, and Miege soon had to go into foul mode.
A couple successful trips to the line later iced the game.
"This was a good win," Hogan said. "The guys will get a break for the holidays and we'll start hard again with two-a-days on the 27th."
After a first half of lethargic half-court basketball that produced few inside looks and a lot of missed 3-pointers, Leavenworth exploded out of the gates in the third quarter.
A couple of turnovers and fast-break points later, it was an entirely different basketball game.
"We didn't do any thing different [scheme-wise]," guard Jason Randall said. "Eventually we just wore them down."
The Pioneers vaulted ahead with a 12-3 run at the beginning of the third, ending the quarter up 37-27.
The offense slowed down again once the Pioneers backed off defensively and started getting pressed themselves in the fourth.
Trey Adkins had 10 of his 20 points in the quarter, most on fast break lay-ups. Cameron Wiggins also put in 20 points on the night.
Leavenworth kicks off 2013 with a Jan. 4 bout against Shawnee Mission East at 7 p.m.
Lions bully Braves in blow out win
After a slow start in the first quarter, the Lansing boys' basketball team found themselves in an unfamiliar position Friday — trailing.
The undefeated Lions were down 7-3 on the road to Bonner Springs. However, Lansing would go on a furious 17-1 run to finish the first quarter up 20-8 before cruising to a 71-35 win.
"I thought we played a pretty complete game all things considered," Lansing coach Rod Briggs said. "I thought our defense was pretty good and offensively we shared the ball as we had 22 assists to 11 turnovers."
Page 2 of 3 - After gaining a 12-point advantage in the first, the Lions never relinquish its lead the rest of the game.
Roy Clayter and Clay Young led Lansing in scoring with 12 points, followed by Zach Jackson and Khalil Bailey with 11. Joe Schneider finished with nine.
"I just thought we played as a team and played very hard tonight," Briggs said. "We have a lot of guys who are sacrificing right now."
Lansing, 6-0, hosts Mill Valley at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
— James Howey
Raiders nail down season's first win
The first one is always toughest.
Still searching for its first win of the season, the Immaculata boys' basketball team hosted Doniphan West Friday.
After a slow first half, wherein the teams sat tied at 15-all, the Raiders busted open in the third quarter. Imac opened up a 10-point lead and then held on in the game's waning seconds to take home a 39-35 win.
"Neither team shot very well," Imac coach Mike Connelly said. "I thought we played really great defense. We played aggressive, doubled team a lot and that enabled us to win this ball game."
The game was decided in the third when, after back-to-back 3-pointers from Sean Murray and Jarret McCall, the Raiders held a 10-point lead.
Doniphan fought back though, and came within a bucket before Connor Goetz delivered the final blows.
"Sean Murray hit the 3-pointer and Jarret McCall did so too, that was big," Connelly said. "Then Connor came through in the end so it was a good win."
Murray finished with a team-high 15 points, followed by McCall's eight and Connor Schmidling added six points.
Imac, 1-4, will play at Maranatha at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Rams learn another lesson
Trying to build its first winning streak of the season, the Pleasant Ridge boys' basketball team had troubles getting out of the gates Friday
A slow start doomed the Rams, who lost 71-53 to visiting Riverside.
"We were very sluggish in the first half," PR coach Sean Murray said. "We started out very stagnate on offense. To their credit, they were very aggressive and attacked us."
The bad beginning built too big of a hole for Pleasant Ridge to climb out of. Facing a double-digit deficit, the home team showed some life in the second, but not enough to mount a comeback.
"I thought they were much more aggressive to start, but once we finally got going we played alright," Murray said. "That's a sign of young team's mistake because when we get our offense going, we played much better. It was just the slow start, something that we can't have."
Page 3 of 3 - Nick Reckers finished as the team's leading scorer with 17 points, followed by Adam Patterson's eight. Blaine Monroe and Josiah Strick each had seven.
PR, 1-3, will travel to West Platte Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.