Bobcat boys knock off Mill Valley
Trading blows like a heavyweight fight, both Mill Valley and Basehor-Linwood competed in a game that lived up to the hype.
In the end, clutch foul shooting by senior Mike Horn allowed the host Bobcats to come away with a 56-50 victory, handing Mill Valley its first defeat of the season.
Horn led all scorers with 17 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the line, while snagging a game-high eight rebounds.
The contest featured 12 lead changes and four ties, all after Mill Valley jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter.
Down 25-20 in the second quarter, Basehor-Linwood quickly tied the game when Brandon Fisher hit a trey, then Travis Fouts countered back with a hook shot.
Two minutes later, senior Jackie Kimlin converted a three-point play to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game. Kimlin then added an off-balanced shot after a Horn miss with no time remaining to give Basehor a 34-31 halftime edge.
With the lead exchanging hands numerous times in the second half, the Bobcats never could build more than a four-point advantage.
Down by one with 5:09 remaining, Fisher drilled a three-point bucket. Another lane jumper by Kimlin increased the lead to 50-46 with only 2:43 left.
Mill Valley knotted the game back at 50, but Horn finished off the Jaguars single-handedly with the final six points, including four charity shots.
Scoring by quarters:
Mill Valley 18 13 10 9 50
Basehor-Linwood 11 23 9 13 56
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 6 4-5 16, Colby Kooser 0 0-0 0, Brandon Fisher 3 0-3 9, Mike Horn 5 7-7 17, Travis Fouts 4 0-0 8, Jake Hills 1 0-0 3, Brandon Dye 1 0-0 3, Eric Peeler 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 (5) 11-15 56.
Mill Valley totals: 19 (8) 4-7 50.
Three-point goals: Fisher 3, Hills, Dye.
Basehor-Linwood 57, Lansing 43
Jackie Kimlin had a double-double with 19 points and ten rebounds to help Basehor-Linwood over Lansing 57-43.
Trailing 39-34, the Bobcats took charge in the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run. Brandon Fisher's three-pointer delivered the final blow, giving Basehor a 47-42 lead with 2:50 remaining.
"We've been playing kind of bad at the beginning of games, but we finally started playing towards our potential at the end," said Fisher, who finished with 15 points, including four three-pointers.
Playing catch-up for most of the evening, the Bobcats found themselves barely surviving after Lansing opened with an 8-1 run.
"We just did not play very well and that was in part due to Lansing," Basehor-Linwood head coach Dan Miller said on the first half performance. "Offensively, they were making it pretty tough for us to run anything. They were packing it in on us in some areas."
Kimlin provided a spark with ten points in the first half, keeping the Bobcats within distance as they trailed by three at the break.
Fisher opened the second half with the first of four three-point baskets, tying the game at 23, but Lansing never surrendered the lead until the fourth quarter. Mike Horn hit two clutch field goals to help Basehor-Linwood stay within five points.
Fisher answered again with another trey to open the fourth, cutting the lead to 36-34. After an exchange of baskets, Fisher tied the game again with a three-pointer, then senior Travis Fouts gave the Bobcats their first lead moments later with a baseline jumper.
Score by quarters:
Lansing 11 12 13 7 43
Basehor-Linwood 8 12 11 26 57
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 7 5-6 19, Colby Kooser 1 1-2 3, Brandon Fisher 4 3-6 15, Mike Horn 4 2-3 10, Travis Fouts 4 0-0 8, Brandon Dye 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 (4) 11-17 57.
Lansing totals: 17 (2) 7-13 43. Three-point goals: Fisher 4.
Basehor-Linwood 57, Immaculata 44
Contrasting styles clashed Friday, but the quick offensive tempo of Basehor-Linwood came out gunning with a 57-44 road win at Immaculata.
Bobcat senior Travis Fouts scored 16 points as the inside game of the Bobcats flustered the host Raiders.
In the second quarter, the Bobcats forced the Raiders to change the pace by posting 22 points en-route to an eight-point halftime lead, which they never relinquished.
"I thought we did a good job of finding the guys who could score for us," said B-L head coach Dan Miller. "We were able to get the ball inside and get some easy baskets that way."
Down by one with 3:15 to play in the first half, the Bobcats went on an 8-0 run. Brandon Fisher hit a field goal, quickly followed by a Brandon Dye three-pointer to give Basehor-Linwood a 24-20 advantage.
The second-quarter tempo was a far cry from the first quarter, where both teams combined for just 15 points. The Bobcats stretched the lead to as much as 19 late in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders scrambled for baskets at the end.
Score by quarters:
Basehor-Linwood 9 22 11 15 57
Immaculata 6 17 9 12 44
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 4 0-0 8, Colby Kooser 2 2-2 7, Brandon Fisher 3 2-5 8, Mike Horn 5 0-0 10, Travis Fouts 8 0-1 16, Jake Hills 0 1-2 1, Brandon Dye 2 0-0 5, Eric Peeler 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 (2) 5-10 57.
Immaculata totals: 17 (3) 7-17 44. Three-point goals: Kooser, Dye.
Basehor-Linwood will next host DeSoto on Thursday at 4 p.m. The Bobcats then will host Hyman Brand Academy in the first round of the inaugural Bobcat Invitational on Monday at 7:30 p.m.