Immaculata, Pleasant Ridge continue feud on the hardwood; Spires, Lions continue winning ways

In what is always one of the biggest games on the teams’ schedules, the Pleasant Ridge and Immaculata boys’ basketball teams renewed their rivalry Monday.
As is the case in most of the pair’s showdowns, the game was close throughout until the final minutes of regulation.
It was there that the Raiders got big shots from several players, including leading scorer Danny Boisson, to pull away. Imac defeated PR 52-44.
“It was just a really good basketball between two teams that showed a lot of class,” Immaculata coach Mike Connelly said. “It could have gone either way and this time we just came out on top.”
Imac, 4-5, will open up play in the Doniphan West Tournament tonight with a 6 p.m. game versus Maur-Hill.
Ridge, 1-7, will competed in the Royal Valley Invite starting Thursday at 8 p.m. when it takes on Royal Valley.

“We played so badly on Friday that we wanted to make amends and we did," Pleasant Ridge coach Sean Murray said. "We played with a heck of a lot more energy and if we continue to do that, we will continue to get better."

Lions rally to salvage victory
The Lansing boys’ basketball team advanced to the second round of the 54th Annual Tonganoxie invitational Monday in thrilling fashion.
After trailing for most of the second and third quarters to Eudora, Lansing outscored its opponent 18-7 in the final period to capture a 45-40 victory.
“Poor defense by us and just a really bad performance all around,” Lions coach Rod Briggs said, “but I think it was good for us to overcome some adversity. We really stepped it up at the end of the game.”
The Lions, 9-1, will look to advance to the championship when it faces Holton at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Spires make statement in win
With its 87-47 road win over Ottawa Saturday, the Saint Mary men’s basketball team showed the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference that success is not going to the squad’s  head.
The dominate performance pushed the USM record to 13-5 overall, 8-0 in league play and extended the team’s current winning streak to nine.
The Spires will travel to Southwestern College, 14-5 overall and 5-3 in the KCAC, Thursday for an 8 p.m. contest.