Boys basketball roundup: SMNW, SJA, DHS, MCA come up with victories
The Shawnee Mission Northwest, St. James Academy, De Soto and Maranatha Christian Academy boys basketball teams were all victorious on Friday.
Maranatha (5-2) rolled to an 82-46 win over Pleasant Ridge (3-5) thanks in large past to a hot shooting night from behind the arc. Jax Holland knocked down six of the Eagles' 15 3-pointers and lead Maranatha with 29 points. Holland was one of four Eagles in double figures, as he was joined by Jonathan Jackson (15 points), Brock West (13) and Roland Hou (10). Nate Raydo dished out 11 assists.
The Eagles will turn their attention toward tournament play when they take on Jeff West (6-4) at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the McLouth Invitational.
De Soto (5-4) had a balanced offensive performance as well in its 65-48 victory over Louisburg (1-8). Senior guards Jared Baruth (16 points), Levi Hansen (14) and Brannon Bell (12) all scored in double figures.
The Wildcats will take on Holton (5-5) at at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Tonganoxie Invitational.
St. James (3-7, ranked No. 10 in Class 5A) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 51-38 victory over Blue Valley Southwest (4-5). The Thunder will return to the court at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 for a home tilt with BV West (3-5).
Shawnee Mission Northwest (4-4) won its third straight game to climb back to .500 after earning a 54-51 victory over SM East (5-3). The Cougars will look to keep rolling against Blue Valley North (5-3, No. 4 in Class 6A) at 7 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Viking Midseason Classic at SM West.
Mill Valley (3-5) came up just short in its 49-47 loss to BV West (3-5). Mill Valley and BV West ended up splitting their two regular season games. MV defeated BV West, 58-50, on Dec. 15. Mill Valley will try to bounce back against Barstow (6-6) at 3 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Saints Classic at St. Thomas Aquinas.