SM South holds off SMNW basketball, 47-44
Shawnee Shawnee Mission Northwest's boys basketball team weathered the storm early against SM South after the Raiders jumped out to a 14-3 lead, but could not get over the hump in a 47-44 setback, Friday.
The Cougars were scoreless for the first three minutes, but clawed back into the game on the defensive end to pull back within two midway through the second quarter.
"We'd like to get off to a better start than that," SMNW coach Mike Rose said. "I don't know that that was necessarily the difference in the ballgame, but I thought our kids responded well getting down like that. We battled all night long."
Dylan Dirks nailed four 3-pointers for 12 of his team-high 16 points, but his heave at the buzzer to tie it fell short.
"I was feeling pretty good," Dirks said of shooting 4-of-7 from 3-point range. "My point guard was finding me when I was hot, and we just didn't make enough plays to get the win."
Dirks drained a triple with a minute left to trim SM South's lead to 46-42. After SMS guard CJ Hill missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Dirks made it a one possession game by sinking two freebies with 41.9 seconds remaining.
The Raiders then left the door open when Bailey Obersteadt missed the front end of another 1-and-1, but the Cougars could not take advantage. Ferdinand Handy was off the mark with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, Zach Smith's putback did not fall – giving the Raiders the ball back with three seconds to play. Yor Anei made the second of two free throws to give the Cougars one last chance to force overtime before Dirks' buzzer-beating attempt.
"I got it and then I saw Connor (CJ Hill) cut in front of me, so I wasn't going to let him steal it and I kind of fumbled it," Dirks said. "I shot it and it was wide left. It didn't have a chance."
Joining Dirks in double figures was Jalen LyDay, who was a rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards. LyDay, a 6-foot 3-inch senior, more than held his own against Anei and SM South junior AJ Webster, who stand at 6-9 and 6-8, respectively.
"Jalen just had a game tonight where he had to be on the floor. "He was rebounding the basketball," Rose said. "He was able to score a little bit for us. Austin (Sanders) got into foul trouble early and Noah (Kendall) struggled a bit when he was on the floor, too, so Jalen played a lot for us tonight, but he had to and I thought he had a great game."
The loss dropped the Cougars to 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the Sunflower League. SMNW will gear up for the St. Thomas Aquinas tournament Thursday-Saturday at STA. The Cougars will open the tournament at 7:45 p.m. Thursday against St. James Academy.
Ferdinand Handy 2-9 0-0 4, Jamey Fisher 0-2 1-2 1, Austin Sanders 1-2 2-2 4, Noah Kendall 1-1 0-1 2, Jalen LyDay 5-7 2-5 12, Christian Ghilardi 1-2 0-0 2, Zach Smith 1-4 0-0 3, Jaylen Love 0-1 0-0 0, Dylan Dirks 4-10 4-6 16. Totals 15-34 9-16 44.
Jake Mankin 0-0 0-0 0, AJ Webster 4-9 4-4 12, Yor Anei 1-3 1-2 3, Trevor Ahrens 1-1 0-0 2, Bailey Obersteadt 2-4 0-2 5, CJ Hill 6-15 2-5 15, Brady Anderson 3-10 1-2 9, Sam King 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 17-43 9-17 47.
SMNW 8 11 10 15 – 44
SMS 14 12 12 9 – 47
Three-point goals: SMNW 5-17 (Dylan Dirks 4, Zach Smith); SMS 4-14 (Brady Anderson 2, CJ Hill, Bailey Obersteadt). Turnovers: SMNW 15, SMS 8.