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.