For the second time this week, the Immaculata boys’ basketball team crawled to a game below .500.
With a chance to even up its record Tuesday, the Raiders stumbled against Maur Hill in the opening round of the Doniphan West Tournament.
On Thursday, Imac responded with a 53-43 victory over host Doniphan West to once again, come the closest it has all season to having more wins than losses.
“We bounced back nicely tonight,” Immaculata coach Mike Connelly said. “We had a lot of guys step up in the fourth. Josh Boeppler hit some early shots and Jarret McCall hit a 3-pointer.”
Joining Boeppler and McCall was Danny Boisson, who went 8-for-8 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, 9-for-10 overall. Connor Schmidling also knocked down clutch free throws according to Connelly.
“Once we took the lead, they started fouling with two minutes to go and we were just poised at the line,” the Raiders coach said. “We made the shots when we had to.”
Boeppler finished with 16 points, Boisson 12 and Schmidling nine while Sean Murray had six.
Imac, 5-6, will wrap up the West tourney Saturday when the squad faces Riverside at 5:30 p.m.
Pioneers take down Chanute
In what some might consider a minor upset, the Leavenworth boys’ basketball team displaced host school Chanute Thursday in the opening round of the 2013 Ralph Miller Classic.
Behind a 55-50 win, the Pioneers bumped off the competition’s No. 1 seed and will now face Emporia tonight at 8 p.m.
The victory also pushed Leavenworth’s record to 6-3 and was the team’s third straight win.
Rams tumble vs. Royal Valley
It was a rough beginning to the Royal Valley Tournament for Pleasant Ridge Thursday.
The PR boys’ basketball team suffered through a 71-24 loss, dropping the squad to 1-8 on the season.
“They jumped on us and we didn’t respond,” Ridge coach Sean Murphy said. “We’re still trying to find our identity and play together more consistently at both ends.
“It’s very frustrating when we work so hard at practice, especially the upperclassmen, yet can’t find a way to produce in games.”
Pleasant Ridge will face Chapman today at 5:30 p.m.