Area basketball roundup: Bishop Seabury boys defeat Barstow in home opener

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Behind a talented trio of scorers, Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team stayed undefeated in the first game of the 2020 portion of its schedule.

Zach Bloch, Stavian Jones and Joao Carlos Ramirez combined for 67 points to lead BSA to a 73-58 win over Barstow in its home opener on Tuesday. The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, improved to 3-0 with the win.

The Seahawks set the tone on the defensive end, allowing just 16 points in the first half. Barstow eventually cut it to 8 points in the second half, but Bishop Seabury made enough shots to come away with a double-digit victory.

Bloch led the way with 26 points in just his second game of the season. Jones and Ramirez finished with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Ramirez and Luke Hornberger dominated the glass with their size, while Jones and Bloch put pressure on the defense with strong drives all night.

Bishop Seabury won’t have long before it returns to the court this time. BSA will face Veritas on Friday before squaring off with Mid-Buchanan on Saturday at Benton High School in the Missouri Hall of Fame Classic.

Barstow 6 13 22 17 — 58

Seabury 16 19 19 19 — 73

BSA (73)

Zach Bloch 26, Stavian Jones 21, Joao Carlos Ramirez 20, Luke Hornberger 5, Cobe Green 1.

Veritas boys win thriller

The Veritas boys basketball team needed two free periods to come away with a 59-57 road win over Cornerstone on Tuesday.

VHS was in a 14-8 hole after one quarter before pulling within 21-17 at the intermission. The Eagles then scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to even the score at the end of the regulation. Both teams scored 8 points in the first overtime, but VHS ultimately prevailed in the second free period.

Will Rau led Veritas with 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor. He also added 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals in the win. Brennan Clements finished the game with 16 points, shooting 8 for 15 on the night. Brennan Clements, Calvin Clements and Aden-Jay Baker all finished with eight rebounds.

Veritas will play host to Bishop Seabury on Friday.

Veritas 8 9 5 21 OT 8 OT2 8 — 59

Cornerstone 14 7 16 6 OT 8 OT2 6 — 57

Veritas (59)

Ben Hansen 0, Will Rau 23, Will Bartkoski 12, Lawson Ream 0, Aden-Jay Baker 8, Calvin Clements 0, Brennan Clements 16.

Area teams split doubleheader

In a battle between area schools, both Baldwin and Tonganoxie came away with a win on the hardwood.

Baldwin’s girls basketball team secured a 50-33 win over Tonganoxie at THS to start things off. It was an important response by the Bulldogs, who suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend.

Senior Josie Boyle led Baldwin (6-1) with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Junior Jenna Harvey joined her in double figures with 10 points.

On the boys side, Tonganoxie recorded a 62-27 win over Baldwin in the nightcap. THS scored double digits in all four periods, including 22 in the second quarter. Junior Rylee Beach led the Chieftains with 11 points. Elijah Tyner, Blake Poje and Zane Novotney all finished with 10 points for THS.

Tonganoxie will travel to Ottawa on Friday, while Baldwin will play host to Piper.

Baldwin 16 6 16 12 — 50

Tonganoxie 5 5 4 19 — 33

Baldwin (50)

Josie Boyle 19, Anna Burnett 8, Lauren Russell 6, Jenna Harvey 10, Carly Fursman 7.

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