Troy Landi waited for the ideal time to take over the game: the fourth quarter.
Landi helped Blue Springs come from behind to defeat Jefferson City 47-42 on Friday in the Class 5 state semifinals at Hearnes Center.
The Wildcats (28-2) will play Poplar Bluff at 8:05 p.m. for the Class 5 state championship.
Landi scored seven points in the final quarter. He finished with nine.
Blue Springs, which hadn't led since the 4:18 mark of the first quarter, went on a 9-2 run early in the fourth quarter to take a 38-34 lead. During the scoring spree, Landi made a layup off of an offensive rebound and had a 3-pointer.
Jefferson City (24-4) didn't give up though, for Dustin Thomas made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 38-37 with 4:41 remaining. After the teams traded baskets, Blue Springs Mikey White stole the ball and passed it to Larry Mandacina, who found Landi for a wide-open layup that gave the Wildcats a 45-39 lead with 47 seconds left. A Ryan Nilges 3-pointer brought the Jays within three points with 33 seconds to play, but on the ensuing possession Landi snuck through the press and made an easy layup for the final basket.
The Jays went on a 7-0 run in the first quarter and appeared to have control of the game, for they continually found success inside with Mark Ommen and Collins Harris. Ommen led the Jays with 13 points and Harris finished with 12 points.
The Wildcats kept the Jays close though and trailed 24-21 at halftime.
White led Blue Springs with 16 points. The senior guard also had seven rebounds. Chamen Bell and Darius Hill each contributed eight points.