AREA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCORES
SANTA FE 74, ORRICK 36
SALISBURY 53, WESTRAN 43
KIRKSVILLE 79, CLARK COUNTY 48
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 64, VAN HORN 62
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 73, PLATTSBURG 33
CAMERON 38, MARYVILLE 34
SALISBURY 44, WESTRAN 31
KIRKSVILLE 46, CLARK COUNTY 40
BLUE SPRINGS 46, LEE’S SUMMIT 34
GRANDVIEW 69, WINNETONKA 33
KEARNEY 45, BELTON 41
PLATTE COUNTY 49, RAYTOWN SOUTH 43
Our next high school basketball games to be on 103.9 Curly Country will be Wednesday, Feb. 25th with the Boys Semi-Finals from the Class 3 District 15 tournament being held in Richmond. The first game is set for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off and the second game will follow. We will also have the Girls Semi-Finals the next night with the same start time of 6 o’clock. You can catch all the play-by-play on 103.9 KRLI.
The West Virginia men’s basketball program has its first 20-win season in four years following an upset over the Kansas Jayhawks.
Juwan Staten’s layup with just under four seconds left gave the 23rd-ranked Mountaineers a 62-61 win. It was Staten’s first field goal over the final eight minutes after he had gone to the bench with leg cramps. He finished with 20 points and helped West Virginia hold Kansas scoreless over the final 2:13. Perry Ellis led Kansas with 19 points but missed a layup between two defenders just before the final buzzer.
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Second-ranked Virginia and No. 6 Villanova both remain on pace to record their best regular season ever.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points and the Cavaliers rode an early 18-3 run to a 61-49 victory over Pittsburgh. Anthony Gill added 12 points for Virginia, which scored eight straight late in the game to ice the victory. The Cavaliers improved to 24-1 and tied the best start in school history, first accomplished in the 1981-82 season.
The Wildcats rolled to an 80-54 rout of Seton Hall behind Darrun Hilliard’s 18 points. Daniel Ochefu (OH’-sheh-foo) had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Villanova picked up its seventh straight win and improved to 24-2. The Wildcats allowed just 32 percent shooting and avenged last month’s loss to the Pirates.
Butler pulled out a thriller on the road as Roosevelt Jones sank the winning layup with 1.9 seconds left to give the 19th-ranked Bulldogs a 58-56 triumph at Creighton. Kellen Dunham scored 19 points and Jones added 18 to help Butler avoid a loss to the worst team in the Big East.
Jeff Gordon will start from the pole in the final Daytona 500 of his career next Sunday. Gordon announced that this will be his final full-time season as a NASCAR driver, and he’s been adamant that next Sunday’s Daytona 500 will be his last. The four-time NASCAR champ and three-time Daytona 500 winner secured the pole with Hendrick teammate Jimmie Johnson locking down the other front row spot.
For the first time in 57 years knockout rounds were used to determine the pole sitter and not all the drivers liked it. Clint Bowyer called it a “cute show” after he wrecked in the first round. Reigning champion Kevin Harvick grumbled Daytona’s tradition had been ruined, while three-time champion Tony Stewart called it “a complete embarrassment for the series.”
Not long after qualifying was over, the cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin failed post-qualifying inspection for the Daytona 500 pole. Earnhardt and Hamlin will have to start at the rear of their respective qualifying races on Thursday. Earnhardt posted the 10th-fastest time in the final qualifying round. Hamlin was third fastest in the session.