Battle boys basketball wrapped up its weekend at the Bill Hanson Tournament in Pittsburgh, Kansas with a 69-59 loss to Owasso High School from Owasso, Oklahoma on Saturday.

The loss in the third-place game gave the Spartans a fourth place finish after dropping two of three games in the eight team tournament.

A bulk of Battle’s scoring came from junior Tristan Meny and senior Maricus Grant. Meny had a team-high 15 points and Grant added 13.

The duo helped the Spartans claim a 29-28 lead over the Rams at halftime. Then in the third quarter, a Grant layup on an aggressive drive to the basket put Battle up 40-33. However, Owasso was able to finish the third quarter on a 14-6 run to take the 47-46 advantage heading into the fourth.

Trailing by two midway through the final quarter, Meny connected on a deep three off of an inbounds pass that put the Spartans back on top 56-54. Still, it was not enough as Owasso responded with yet another run. The Rams quickly scored nine unanswered points to go up 63-56 with just 2:09 to play.

Owasso held on for the win to claim third place in the Bill Hanson Memorial Tournament. Battle finished the weekend with two straight losses after a victory over Olathe Northwest on Thursday.

Battle’s Isaiah Johnson contributed 10 points and Abdi Ibrahim added nine.

Next, Battle plays at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 against Lebanon at Battle.

  • Sports reporter, fall 2019. Studying sports journalism. Reach me at jdscrz@mail.missouri.edu, or 882-5700.

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