Chargers shock Bobcats, 54-53
With a two-handed slam on the court as time expired after Tuesday's 54-53 loss to Santa Fe Trail, Dan Miller kept muttering to himself about open shots.
Just minutes after calling an early fourth-quarter timeout, a fumed Miller fiercely began to stress the minor fundamentals crisp passing, blocking and finding open shots that were turning into critical mistakes.
The Bobcats responded and erased a seven-point deficit under the fire that Miller ignited within two minutes. Unfortunately for Miller, the two-minute fire quickly burned out and the visiting Chargers regained their previous lead.
"I felt like we were guilty of beating ourselves," Miller said. "I felt like we got outhustled. We played about four minutes of basketball tonight and we still had a chance to win. Four minutes isn't going to cut it."
Down 43-36 with 7:25 left, Miller called the timeout which inspired the Bobcats. Buckets by Travis Fouts, Brandon Fisher and Jackie Kimlin quickly evened the score.
After a timeout, Santa Fe Trail went on an 11-2 run to secure the win. Basehor-Linwood silenced the Charger offense for the final two minutes, but the Bobcats could not pick up the entire nine-point exchange.
Fouts paced the Bobcats with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. Kimlin also scored 20 points, setting a season-high mark for the senior guard.
With the loss, the Bobcats (9-4, 7-2) relinquished their slim lead atop the Kaw Valley League.
"We damaged ourselves here in the conference race and I don't think it will set in until February," said Miller. "We controlled our own destiny and we gave it away on our homecourt. That can't happen and unfortunately, we let it happen."
Scoring by quarters:
Santa Fe Trail 8 15 15 16 54
Basehor-Linwood 10 12 14 17 53
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 9 2-3 20, Colby Kooser 1 0-0 2, Brandon Fisher 2 0-0 5, Mike Horn 1 2-3 4, Travis Fouts 6 8-9 20, Brandon Dye 1 0-0 2, Eric Peeler 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 (1) 12-15 53.
Santa Fe Trail scoring: Nolan Deitrich 2 2-3 8, Shane Miles 1 1-2 3, Craig Bourne 2 2-4 7, Brian Mott 7 1-4 15, Ryan Roberts 5 0-2 10, Matthew Johnston 0 0-2 0, Jason Headlee 1 0-0 3, Dylan Schoonover 0 2-2 2, Cameron Babb 3 0-0 6. Totals: 21 (4) 8-17 54.
Three-point goals: Fisher; Dietrich, Bourne, Headlee.
Fort Scott 79, Basehor-Linwood 65
No cat was tame during Saturday's championship game of the inaugural Basehor-Linwood Invitational.
The Tigers let their tempers get the best of them, while the host Bobcats were seething after a 79-65 overtime loss. Fort Scott used an 11-0 run to open the extra frame en-route to winning the inaugural tournament.
In the third quarter, three technicals and an intentional foul whistled against Fort Scott allowed Basehor-Linwood to sneak back into the game. The Bobcats hit 9-of-10 from the line, went 7-of-10 from the field and never turned the ball over in the third quarter. Although never overtaking the lead, the Bobcats tied the score at 51 when Travis Fouts scored a basket inside the paint.
Both teams elected to slow the pace down in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats finally solved their slow starts by jumping out to a 7-0 lead, but Stephen Gentry brought the Tigers back single-handedly with an 11-point effort in the opening frame. Gentry, who finished with a game-high 39 points, netted all the points consecutively, while Kyle Lancaster hit a pair of field goals to give the Tigers a one-point edge.
A 2-of-10 second quarter shooting effort by Basehor-Linwood allowed the Tigers to stretch the lead to ten by halftime.
Basehor-Linwood finished with four players in double digits as Fouts led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Horn and Colby Kooser each scored 13, while Brandon Fisher added 10 points.
Kyle Lancaster, who was named the tournament's MVP, finished with 23 points, with eight coming in the overtime session.
Scoring by quarters:
Fort Scott 18 18 14 11 17 79
Basehor-Linwood 17 9 25 11 3 65
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 1 2-2 4, Colby Kooser 4 1-2 13, Brandon Fisher 4 0-0 10, Mike Horn 3 7-8 13, Travis Fouts 7 0-1 14, Jake Hills 0 3-4 3, Brandon Dye 2 2-5 6, Eric Peeler 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 (6) 15-22 65.
Fort Scott scoring: Kyle Lancaster 11 1-3 23, Rob Werling 0 0-0 0, Stephen Gentry 12 13-14 39, Keith Lancaster 4 4-6 14, Brian Lancaster 1 1-2 3. Totals: 28 (4) 19-25 79.
Three-point goals: Fisher 2; Gentry 2, Ke. Lancaster 2.
Basehor-Linwood 45, Park Hill 38
A third quarter swing Thursday allowed the host Bobcats to erase Park Hill's eight-point halftime lead and come away with a 45-38 win in the semifinal round of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational.
The Bobcats created 13 turnovers while limiting the Trojans to only 14 points in the second half.
"We just played with so much more confidence," said Bobcats head coach Dan Miller on the second half performance. "We finally got some shots to go down and I felt like we got some good shots in the first half, just nothing would go in."
The Bobcats opened the second half with a 12-2 run that was sparked on a Travis Fouts behind-the-back pass to Colby Kooser. Fouts scrambled for a loose ball under the Trojan basket and somehow flinged a pass to Kooser.
"I looked ahead and nobody was there, so I looked to the side and I saw Jackie (Kimlin) and Colby, who was more to the baseline," said Fouts, who finished with a game-high 15 points. "I knew a guy was coming at me, so to avoid the turnover, I wrapped it around my back and got it to Colby."
Kooser then found Mike Horn, who finished off the possession with a jumper. Seconds later, Brandon Dye came away with a steal and a lay-up, then added a three-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 26.
Fouts then scored a field goal to give the Bobcats the lead for good.
"We came out fired up and once we started getting the turnovers on the press, it just all started once (Park Hill) got shook up that one time," Horn said about the third quarter run. "It shook them up quite a bit."
Miller praised the Bobcats' ability to create the turnovers and muscle the rebounds away from Park Hill.
"They didn't get very many second shots and the half-court trap allowed us to cover up some holes." Miller said. "In watching them (Tuesday), they just loved to get up and go. I felt like the trap helped us contain them and slow them down on the dribble.
Horn added 10 points for Basehor-Linwood, while Park Hill received eight points each from Josh Woodke, David Braness and Nick Fuller.
Scoring by quarters:
Basehor-Linwood 6 10 14 13 45
Park Hill 10 14 6 8 38
Basehor-Linwood scoring: Jackie Kimlin 2 5-7 9, Colby Kooser 0 0-0 0, Brandon Fisher 0 2-2 2, Mike Horn 5 0-0 10, Travis Fouts 6 3-6 15, Jake Hills 0 0-0 0, Brandon Dye 3 0-0 7, Eric Peeler 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 (1) 10-13 45.
Park Hill scoring: Brent Baker 3 0-0 6, Josh Woodke 4 0-0 8, Scott Remund 1 4-4 6, David Braness 1 0-0 2, Ryan Hack 4 0-0 8, Nick Fuller 4 0-0 8. Totals: 17 (0) 4-4 38.
Three-point goals: Dye.
Along with taking second place in the Invitational, Kimlin and Fouts were both named to the All-Tournament team. Others named to the honorary squad were Stephen Gentry, Keith Lancaster and Brian Lancaster of Fort Scott; Brandon Gutshall of Platte County, Jared Boone of St. Joseph Benton; Josh Magariel of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy; and Brent Baker of Park Hill.
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Back-to-back losses will linger for about a week with the Bobcats, who do not play until next Tuesday against Tonganoxie.
"It's very disappointing that we came out after playing so well in the tournament," said Miller. "I was kind of worried about it, but I hoped that we were past that point of continuing to play to the level of our competition. Obviously, we haven't gotten past that yet."
The freshman will open the Jan. 30 home date, beginning with a 4:30 contest with the junior varsity following.