Bobcats lose another, fall to 0-6
f you've seen one Basehor-Linwood basketball game this season, you've seen them all.
In case you haven't, here's what you've missed.
In all but one game this season, the BLHS boys basketball team has dug itself such a large hole in the first quarter that it couldn't climb out in the final three.
In a few cases, the Bobcats have even outplayed their opponent for the final three quarters only to be foiled by their lackluster start.
Such was the case again on Friday, Dec. 21, when the Bobcats traveled to Perry looking to avoid falling to 0-6 before the holiday break.
Unfortunately the Bobcats suffered the same fate at the hands of the Kaws, losing 54-32.
"It was pretty much the same thing again tonight," BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said after the loss. "We just came out flat and couldn't come back from it."
After surrendering the first two baskets of the game, BLHS cut the lead to 4-2 when junior Brandon Dye scored on a drive to the basket. From there, BLHS had a couple of chances to tie the score or take the lead, but instead the Bobcats missed their chances and the game got out of control. After one quarter, BLHS trailed 12-4.
"The big difference was that they would finish on their opportunities and we would not on ours," Courtney said. "A perfect example was when we were down 5-4 and we missed two or three chances easy chances to take the lead. From there, they put a couple buckets together and we just kept getting further behind."
After two quarters of solid offense, the Bobcats reverted to their first quarter ways in the fourth quarter, as they gave up 12 points while only scoring five. In all, BLHS managed just 12 field goals in the entire game.
On top of a tough time scoring, the Bobcats were faced with some tough defensive assignments as well. All five of PLHS's starters stood taller than 6-foot-1, and when senior big man Eric Peeler missed several minutes because of a cut above his eye, Courtney's squad faced a mismatch in height at nearly every position.
"We had some early foul trouble with our big people that killed us and when Peeler went out, I didn't have any big guys for that time and that hurt a lot," Courtney said.
Despite the occasional lack of production on offense and the sporadic loss of focus on defense, Courtney said the losses aren't occurring because of a lack of effort.
"They want to win so bad," Courtney said of his team. "And our guys have really battled to overcome this difficult start. Unfortunately, we just haven't got it done yet, but I still think that one of these days we're going to sneak up on someone and get them."
The Bobcats next opportunity will come in 2002. BLHS is off until Jan. 4 when they return home to take on Immaculata.
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