Bishop Miege 63, BV Northwest 54
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl- 18
Darien Jackson- 24
Joe Pleasant- 10
Parker Braun- 8
With 38 seconds left and Bishop Miege clinging to a five-point lead over Eastern Kansas League-foe Blue Valley Northwest, senior Semaj Ray was at the free throw line trying to close out the win.
The senior guard missed the first free throw and he was calmed by a younger voice.
“I told him to concentrate and take a couple deep breaths, just finish the game because we have the lead” sophomore forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl said.
Ray would go onto make the second free throw and his next four as Bishop Miege hung on to defeat Blue Valley Northwest 63-54.
Kansas coach Bill Self was on hand to watch Robinson-Earl, who led the Stags, ranked 49th in the country by BallIsLIfe, with 18 points while Ray poured in 16. Senior forward Francesco Badocchi added 15.
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Miege led by 17 with 3:46 left after a Robinson-Earl dunk, but then Darien Jackson took over for BV Northwest. Jackson would go onto score 14 of the next 17 points for the Huskies as they cut the lead to six with 36 seconds left. He finished with a game-high 24 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, which all came in the final four minutes.
BV Northwest coach Ed Fritz liked how his team, which is ranked 50th in the same national poll as Miege, didn’t quit down the stretch.
“Their height hurt us really bad,” Fritz said. “We did a really bad job of penetrating and we didn’t do a very good job of setting our teammates up. We tried to score it.
“We’ll be alright. The good part about playing them again is we’ll play them at our place. We have a tough game Saturday against Lee’s Summit West. Coach (Rick) Zych is a good coach and they’re a really good team. We just didn’t do enough things to win tonight.”
He added Jackson did a really good job going downhill toward the basket and Fritz thinks he didn’t give Jackson enough opportunities to do that Tuesday night.
The rematch is slated for Feb. 7, and Fritz said the big men need to be stronger against Robinson-Earl and Badocchi. BV Northwest will welcome 6-foot-5 forward Jackson Heath back after Christmas, who has been out since he broke his collarbone during football.
To start its season, Miege has only played two games and Zych said he’ll take turning the ball over 16 times, including five times in the final three minutes, as early season rust. However, he said his team, especially experience guards, know better.
“Neither of our point guards played well,” Zych said. “You have to give credit to their point guard. Defensively, he dominated. I thought our inside guys played well at times. Not bad for a second game. I thought we competed really well.”