West's rally stuns Maize for 5th

By Steve Sell
January 24, 2015
Kendall Shaw

Blue Valley West closed on a 15-1 run to stun Maize 60-57 in Saturday’s fifth-place game in the McPherson Invitational.

The Jaguars were seemingly out of it, down 56-45.

But West started to chip away and eventually took the lead for good, 58-57, on a 3-pointer by Evan Hailes.

Connor Kaiser added two free throws with 7 seconds left for a 3-point lead. Maize had a chance to tie, but Grant Bugbee’s 3-pointer went awry.

This is a game Maize had to feel like it let get away. The Eagles jumped out to a 20-7 lead, but saw the Jaguars charge back within 29-28 at the half.

Some good 3-point shooting by Matthew LeBegue allowed Maize to open up the comfortable lead in the fourth quarter, but Blaise Gammon and his teammates refused to lose.

For the second straight game, Gammon recorded 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jaguars. Kaiser scored 13 points and Hailes added 10.

LeBegue tallied 18 points to pace the Eagles, while Jacob Schultz and Ky-Sean Johnson added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Blue Valley West (60) — Curtis 2-4, 0-0, 4; Martin 0-3, 3-5, 3; McCauley 1-2, 0-0, 2; Kaiser 3-8, 7-9, 13; Lansford 0-2, 0-0, 0; Hailes 4-8, 0-0, 10; Wiles 1-4, 0-0, 2; Chalupa 0-0, 2-2, 2; Gammon 8-15, 8-12 24. Totals — 19-46, 20-28, 60. 3-pointers — Hailes 2.

Maize (57) — Standifer 2-10, 2-3, 6; Goode 0-0, 2-2, 2; Bugbee 0-2, 0-0, 0; K. Johnson 3-9, 3-4, 11; Schultz 5-7, 0-4, 12; Spence 0-1, 0-0, 0; Miller 0-5, 2-2, 2; Ledbetter 1-2, 3-4, 6; LeBegue 7-11, 0-1, 18. Totals — 18-47, 12-22, 57. 3-pointers — LeBegue 4, K. Johnson 2, Schultz 2, Ledbetter 1.


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