In a bit of foreshadowing of how the Lees Summit North boys basketball team would play in the third quarter Jan. 10, the fire alarm went off just before halftime at Raymore-Peculiar High School.
The Broncos outscored the Panthers 16-5 in the third quarter, propelling them to a 49-41 road win. The loss dropped the Panthers to 7-6, 1-3 in conference play.
After leading 20-17 at the half, the Broncos turned up the defensive intensity, forcing three turnovers in the first 45 seconds. Then Richard Chapman drained back-to-back threes from the same spot to spark the Broncos big quarter.
A lot of our turnovers were because of our lack of discipline and doing the right thing all the time, you know, taking shortcuts, easier routes, not staying in their stance, not pivoting, said Ray-Pec Head Coach Scott Jermain, just not doing the little things that keep you from turning it over. Its just staying mentally focused. Its hard to play at a high level and weve got to do that at all times.
Rob Durbin added the period at the end of the third with a 3 of his own at the buzzer, giving the Broncos a 36-22 advantage and the Panthers wouldnt come closer than eight the rest of the way.
I think theyre one of the best in the city, said Jermain. We have got to play at a very high level with a lot of focus and we just didnt do that in the third quarter. For whatever reason, we just didnt do it. And that hurts you.
Matt Ellwood nailed a 3 to give LSN a 15-11 lead, but Austin Murkin immediately answered with a trey. Harrington put the Broncos up 17-14 with a layup, but Joel Thomas tied the game up with a three-pointer of his own. Joining in from long range, Sorrell regained the lead for LSN.
Then the fire alarm went off with 22.6 seconds left in the second quarter, causing the building to be evacuated.
Its a crazy deal, said Lees Summit North Head Coach Mike Hilbert. I guess their popcorn machine sets off the smoke alarm routinely. Maybe it was a good time for us because it maybe changed the momentum a little bit.
But to Jermain, the fire alarm cant be used as any excuse.
... They had to do the same thing we did, he said. Thats what I told [the team] in that timeout too guess what, they have the same time off as we did.
Thomas was the only Panther to reach double figures, scoring 20 points. Murkin tallied nine points.