Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2001

Bobcats advance to Invitational semifinal

January 18, 2001

Slow starts have been a reoccurring theme for the Basehor-Linwood boys, but the inability to get out of the gate early has not snapped their current six-game winning streak.

Monday's game featured the Bobcats overcoming a dismal 1-of-11 first quarter shooting performance to beat Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy 48-40 in the first round of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational.

"We're trying to pinpoint what our problem is at the start of games, because we are notoriously bad starting off," said Basehor-Linwood head coach Dan Miller.

COLBY KOOSER of Basehor-Linwood (4) looks for an open man during
Thursday's 62-32 home victory over DeSoto. The Bobcats will play
Park Hill in the semifinal round of the Basehor-Linwood
Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 18.

COLBY KOOSER of Basehor-Linwood (4) looks for an open man during Thursday's 62-32 home victory over DeSoto. The Bobcats will play Park Hill in the semifinal round of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational on Thursday, Jan. 18.

"Tonight was a step backwards and that's not taking anything away from Hyman," he added. "We were extremely fortunate that we had some guys hit clutch free throws late in the game. It was very possible that we wouldn't have moved on."

Travis Fouts led the Bobcats with 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, all while battling the Rams' size underneath the basket.

The Bobcats only managed three points in the first quarter, but Basehor-Linwood stayed with their gameplan against the Rams' zone and outside shots began to fall.

Down 21-13 with 1:26 left in the second quarter, the Bobcats proceeded to go on a 11-0 run to lead by three at the break. Brandon Dye drilled a trey right in front of the Rams' bench, then Brandon Fisher was immediately fouled after the basket. Fisher hit both foul shots, then moments later, Dye gave the Bobcats a 26-23 lead with another triple.

The Bobcats struggled to another slow start in the third quarter, hitting only 2-of-11 from the field, but Hyman Brand never could take advantage of the poor shooting. Strong defense limited the Rams to only two points.

The Rams pulled within one, 36-35, with 4:12 remaining, but back-to-back field goals by Travis Fouts and Dye increased Basehor's lead back to five. A combined 6-of-6 from the foul line from Fouts, Fisher and senior Mike Horn in the final minute enabled the Bobcats to come away with the opening round victory.

Basehor-Linwood finished the game with a sparkling 14-of-15 performance from the charity stripe.

"That's huge and that's why we work on free throws so much," Miller said. "I was pleased with the guys ability to go to the line with the pressure on them and knock down the free throws."

Basehor-Linwood (8-2) will take on Park Hill, who defeated Platte County 59-47 on Tuesday. Tip-off for the semifinal contest between the Bobcats and Trojans will be on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Score by quarters:

Hyman Brand Academy 6 17 2 15 40

Basehor-Linwood 3 23 6 16 48

Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 2 3-4 7, Colby Kooser 0 0-0 0, Brandon Fisher 2 4-4 10, Mike Horn 1 5-5 7, Travis Fouts 5 2-2 12, Brandon Dye 4 0-0 10, Eric Peeler 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 (4) 14-15 48.

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy scoring: Sam Pener 5 0-0 10, Zach Claster 0 0-0 0, Justin Kaplan 0 1-3 1, Jake Schlozman 3 0-0 6, Josh Magariel 5 0-0 11, Danny Magariel 2 2-2 8, Scott Claster 2 0-0 4. Totals: 17 (3) 3-7 40.

Three-point goals: Fisher 2, Dye 2; D. Magariel 2, J. Magariel.

Thursday's recap

Basehor-Linwood 62, DeSoto 32

Jackie Kimlin provided 13 second-half points as Basehor-Linwood disposed of DeSoto 62-32.

Kimlin, who led all scorers with 15 points, consistently drove to the lane on the Wildcat defense for the Bobcats.

"The thing I like about this group is that we have guys that kind of feed off each other," said Basehor-Linwood head coach Dan Miller. "If one of them gets going, then the others go. When Jackie gets things going, we really seem to play well as a team."

Basehor-Linwood never trailed in the game, but DeSoto made the first quarter too close for comfort. Travis Fouts broke the game open with a fast-break dunk, followed by a Brandon Fisher three-pointer. Jake Hills came off the bench to add a field goal, giving the Bobcats a 10-3 lead.

Three consecutive DeSoto baskets moved the Wildcats within one, but Fisher hit another trey from the corner right before the break to give the Bobcats a four-point cushion after one quarter.

A 14-0 Bobcat second quarter run, capped by a pair of Brandon Dye three-pointers, put the game out of DeSoto's reach.

"We did a much better job valuing the ball, and thus, we were able to lengthen our lead considerably," said Miller. "Defensively, we changed it up on them a little bit. Our ability to bother shots with our size was a big key, maybe not always blocking shots, but changing shots."

Using a variety of different defenses, including a three-quarter press, frustrated the Wildcats, who scored a combined ten points in the middle quarters.

The final quarter featured the Bobcats running multiple set plays as Basehor-Linwood stretched their lead by as much as 33.

After playing five games in nine days, Miller noted that the Bobcats welcomed the three-day weekend break before hosting the Invitational with open arms.

"Our guys were a little leg weary, so it was nice to get a three-day weekend off and get ourselves ready for the tournament."

Along with the break, Miller also said that the 7-2 start before the tournament was right where he expected his club to be.

"We felt like in this two-week stretch, if we could have a good run and win five games, that we could get ourselves in the position to do some damage and have some success," he said. "It's been the work and the willingness of the boys to do what we've asked them to do.

Score by quarters:

DeSoto 9 5 5 13 32

Basehor-Linwood 13 16 15 18 62

Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 6 3-4 15, Colby Kooser 0 0-0 0, Brandon Fisher 3 0-0 9, Mike Horn 3 1-3 7, Travis Fouts 6 0-0 12, Eric Laffere 0 0-0 0, Brian Gripka 0 0-0 0, Jake Hills 1 0-0 2, Nick Verbenec 0 0-0 0, Brandon Dye 3 5-5 13, Eric Peeler 0 4-4 4, Ron Gray 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 (5) 13-16 62.

DeSoto scoring: Chris Dexter 0 1-2 1, Matt Holton 3 3-4 9, Greg Francis 2 1-2 5, Pete Crall 0 1-6 1, Todd Manson 1 1-2 3, Nate Bruns 2 0-0 4, Ted Twidwell 3 2-2 9. Totals: 11 (1) 9-18 32.

Three-point goals: Fisher 3, Dye 2; Twidwell.

Ron Gray scored 17 points to led the Bobcat JV squad past DeSoto 48-33. Eric Peeler added 11 points, including 10 first-half points.

Scoring by quarters:

DeSoto 8 11 7 7 33

Basehor-Linwood 8 14 9 17 48

Basehor-Linwood scoring: Eric Laffere 0 2-2 2, Brian Gripka 1 0-0 3, Jake Hills 1 2-2 4, Charles Millison 1 0-0 2, Nick Verbenec 0 0-0 0, Brandon Dye 0 4-4 4, Jon Grube 1 0-0 2, Jake Brown 0 0-0 0, Schaake 0 1-2 1, Ross McCoy 1 0-0 2, Eric Peeler 5 1-2 11, Ron Gray 8 1-2 17. Totals: 18 (1) 11-14 48.

Three-point goals: Gripka.

Adam Smith led the Bobcat freshmanteam with 16 points in a 63-31 win over DeSoto. Smith and Garyn Gorup combined for 14 points in the opening frame to help Basehor-Linwood..

Scoring by quarters:

DeSoto 2 15 6 8 31

Basehor-Linwood 16 15 17 15 63

Basehor-Linwood scoring: Brett Dowdell 0 0-0 0, Josh Kimlin 4 0-2 8, Joey Brown 1 0-0 2, Garyn Gorup 6 1-2 13, Billy Hashman 2 0-0 4, Robby Paterson 2 0-0 5, Cameron Freeman 2 0-0 4, Cody Herbster 2 1-2 5, Adam Smith 8 0-0 16, John Shumaker 2 0-0 4, Tim Ward 1 0-0 2. Totals: 30 (1) 2-7 63.

Three-point goals: Paterson.

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