The Junction City Blue Jays didn't even need to play the third quarter to upset the Derby Panthers 52-37 in the opening game of Thursday's McPherson Invitational.
Though intricate records aren't kept, it was perhaps the first time a team had prevailed in an Invitational game despite a scoreless quarter. The Blue Jays, up 33-23 at halftime, missed all nine of their shots in the third period and didn't get to the foul line, but their defense was as good as their offense was bad as they held Derby to just 1 of 13 during the same time frame.
The Blue Jays had entered the game as the No. 6 seed, but took the game to the third-seeded Panthers in the first half by making 12 of 24 shots. Derby, which probably wanted to check the Roundhouse baskets for lids, was just 7 of 22 and it didn't get much better in the second half as it finished the game 12 of 44.
Derby scored the only four points of the third quarter and crept within 36-32 in the fourth, but an 8-0 Junction City rip midway through the period sealed the deal.
Tyrone Poole, who was 6 of 8 from the floor, led Junction City with 15 points. The Blue Jays were 19 of 43 from the field.
Trevor Gordon led Derby with eight points. In addition to their cold shooting from the field, the Panthers made just 8 of 15 from the foul line.
Junction City will play the winner of Lawrence Free State-Wichita North in Friday's 6:30 p.m. game, while Derby is in the Sunshine Bracket at 3:00.