Eight 3-pointers for Liberty senior Jalen Lewis sunk Park Hill South in a championship game scenario.
The No. 4 seed in the Citizen’s Bank Invitational, Park Hill South couldn’t keep up in the overtime portion of a 75-65 loss Saturday, Dec. 9 in Leavenworth, Kan. Lewis hit two of his 3-pointers in the extra session to finish with 31 points in an exciting conclusion to a tough bracket.
Park Hill South played overtime without starters Saadique Perkins (15 points) and CJ Lee (10 points) after both fouled out.
Continuing an impressive start to the season, Park Hill South junior Lamel Robinson scored 10 of his 21 in the first quarter to help push the Panthers to a big early lead. Liberty trailed 31-22 at halftime but came back with a balanced third quarter.
Lewis hit only one 3-pointer in the third quarter, but he had at least one in each quarter plus overtime. He hit two more in the fourth quarter, while Robinson had five points after being held scoreless in the third.
The two teams went into overtime tied at 61-61, but Liberty dominated the overtime to hand Park Hill South its first loss of the season. The Panthers were at 4-1 entering a scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 12 game at Lee’s Summit North (result not available).
Park Hill South 77, Hogan Prep 72
Robinson scored 30 and led three players in double figures during the semifinal win over the No. 8 seed Rams, who upset No. 1 Leavenworth (Kan.) in the first round.
Park Hill South dominated the fourth quarter Friday, Dec. 8 in Leavenworth, Kan. with Robinson scoring six and Perkins adding seven of his 16. The Panthers were 22 of 30 overall on free throws, including 15 of 17 combined for their top two scorers.
Desi Williams added 12 points in a balanced effort for Park Hill South, while Lee and Harold Ellis put up eight points each.
Hogan Prep came back to take a 57-54 lead with a strong third quarter, hitting six of its 8 3-pointers during an 8-minute stretch. The momentum didn’t hold, and Park Hill South scored 12 of its 23 in the fourth quarter at the line to complete the quick comeback.
Park Hill South 69, Blue Valley West 44
Robinson scored a game-high 25, and the Panthers dominated the tournament’s 4-5 matchup Thursday, Dec. 7 in Leavenworth, Kan.
In the first quarter, Robinson hit a pair of 3s and scored 10 points, while Williams had a four-point play, putting Blue Valley West in a 21-13 hole. Park Hill South went into halftime up 37-21 and was not threatened in the second half.
Williams finished with 12 points, while Robinson had three of Park Hill South’s five 3s. The Panthers shot 20 of 22 on free throws.