The Lafayette boys' basketball team survived in the Class 4 Sectionals Tuesday against Lincoln Prep as the Fighting Irish held on to defeat the Tigers 32-31 at Liberty North High School.
LHS improves to 19-9 and they advanced to the Class 4 Quarterfinals for the first time in four years. The Irish had lost in the sectional round of the playoffs each of the last three seasons.
Lincoln Prep jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Tuesday, but the Irish rallied and took their first lead of the game late in the second quarter and they led at halftime 18-17.
The two teams struggled to score all night and when they did score, Lafayette and Lincoln Prep traded baskets as neither team led by more than three points after halftime.
Lafayette led 32-31 late in the fourth quarter and Lincoln had the last possession of the game, but they missed a couple driving layups and then turned the ball over as the game ended.
Colten Griffin led the Fighting Irish with 12 points, Alex Langley added eight and T.J. Alexander scored six.
Lafayette, who has now won seven straight and 11 of their last 12, will play Raytown South (24-3) in the Class 4 Quarterfinals on Saturday at 7:45 p.m. inside Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence. The game will be broadcast on KFEQ 680 AM and 107.9 FM, or you can click here to listen online.