For the entirety of the first quarter Friday night, Derby watched Shawnee Mission East dominate the lane. Forward Lucas Jones had 12 rebounds in the period as the Lancers scored the game’s first 10 points.
Then Derby returned to its offensive strength and drove to the basket again and again as it came back from a double-digit deficit for the second straight game at the McPherson tournament.
Unlike Thursday’s double overtime win, though, Derby lost 53-50 in regulation to SM East in the semifinals and will play Wichita North for third at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
SM East advances to Saturday’s championship against Free State at 7:30.
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“The day before, we won a game that could have gone either way,” Derby coach Brett Flory said. “Today we lost a game that could have gone either way.”
“We just can’t come out and start flat,” said Derby senior Jeremy Dunham, who had a team-high 16 points. “That really came back and bit us in the end. We’re still a young team, and we’re trying to figure it out.”
With Derby trailing 27-16 midway through the second quarter, the Panthers went on a 22-9 run capped by a driving basket by James Conley to give them their first lead, 38-36 with 3:59 left in the third.
Derby got within one after a steal by Conley and a basket, but the Panthers were forced into fouling when they couldn’t get a steal and trailed by three.
In the final 30 seconds, they had two opportunities and used two timeouts to call plays, but the shots didn’t fall.
“We had multiple options on those plays,” Flory said. “They were switching everything, so it’s difficult to get a three-point look at that point in time.
“ We just had to get a few more stops earlier so we didn’t have to have that shot.”
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McPherson vs. Buhler
McPherson coach Kurt Kinnamon
McPherson senior Peter Horton
Free State 67, Wichita North 57 — North’s semifinal game was a complete reversal of its first-round win over McPherson.
“We lost in the first quarter,” North senior Tarius Williams said. “Like last night when we hit McPherson in the mouth, (Free State) hit us in the mouth and we couldn’t bounce back.”
North didn’t shoot well, hitting 19 of 53 field goals, including 8 of 22 from three-point range. It was a vast difference from Thursday when North made 20 of 38 field goals and 6 of 15 threes.
If you take away the first quarter Friday night when Free State jumped out to a 22-9 lead, North was right with Free State all game.
“We lost it in the first quarter,” said Williams, who had 11 points.
North kept in the game with threes, getting five from senior Tristyn Villa, who hit 5 of 9 for a team-high 15 points. Sean Bernard also had 15 points.
“We put good pressure on the ball, and we fought to the very end,” Williams said. “Just when it seemed like we were getting close, they’d hit a three or get an and-one and it would seem like the momentum would shift back their way.”
Free State was led by Cole Moreano’s 19 points and Khadre Lane’s 16.
North's Tarius Williams
McPherson 72, Buhler 41 — McPherson rebounded nicely from its first loss of the season to advance to Saturday’s fifth-place game against Blue Valley West at 3:30 p.m. McPherson had five players in double figures, led by 14 poitns from Avery Gabel and 13 points from Drew Pyle. Kyler Kinnamon, Peter Horton and Ryan Horton added 11 points each as the Bullpups shot 28 of 56 from the field and 7 of 16 from three-point range.
McPherson also forced 24 turnovers and got four steals apiece from Pyle and Nathan Nutter.
Buhler’s Shawn Davis had a team-high 15 points, while Noah Webster had 13 and Jace Williams had seven with four blocked shots.
Blue Valley West 66, Bishop Carroll 41 — Carroll had no answer for Blue Valley West junior Blaise Gammon, who followed a 34-point first round game with 26 against Carroll.
Carroll was led by Matt Price, who had 14 points, and Patrick Carney added 12.
Carroll will play Buhler for seventh place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
BV West's Blaise Gammon, who has scored 60 points in two games.
Free State 67, Wichita North 57
Free State: Garber 3, Winslow 5, Moreano 19, Loneker 9, McKinney 2, Hack 6, Caro 5, Narcomey 2, Lane 16.
Wichita North: Beard 9, Villa 15, Williams 11, Loy 7, Bernard 15.
SM East 53, Derby 50
Derby: Green 3, Wright 9, Steadman 5, Mark 2, Conley 9, Dunham 16, Beal 2, Robinson 4.
SM East: Blessen 7, Burns 20, Englund 6, Guastello 2, Jones 16, Wentz 2.
BV West 66, Carroll 41
BV West : Curtis 5, Roy 2, Kaiser 12, Ralston 11, Deitz 2, Gammon 26, Birzer 8.
Carroll: Hohl 12, Carney 9, Price 14, Demel 2, Bell 2, Scharping 2.
McPherson 72, Buhler 41
Buhler: Webster 13, Henricks 2, Davis 15, Tipton 2, Wedel 2, Williams 7.
McPherson: McDaniel 4, Pyle 13, Kinnamon 11, P. Horton 11, R. Horton 11, Wine 3, Nutter 5, Gabel 14.