Bobcats snap skid
Bobcats end 10-game losing streak with 56-48 victory over Tonganoxie
The Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball team finally caught a break.
Tuesday night, the Bobcats upended Tonganoxie, 56-48, to snap a 10-game losing streak that began before Christmas.
The win improved the Bobcats' record to 3-11 overall and 3-4 in league play.
BLHS sprinted out to a 15-10 first-quarter lead thanks to some solid defense and hot shooting.
The Bobcats added to their lead in the second quarter, and at the break, BLHS led by 14, 33-19.
Tonganoxie (4-9, 2-5) mounted a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Bobcats, 19-8, to cut the lead to three.
But BLHS kept its poise down the stretch and closed the game with a 15-10 advantage in the final quarter.
Senior Brandon Dye led all scorers with 26 points, including two long-range three-pointers.
"I really don't think about scoring," Dye said. "If I would've scored two points and we would've won, I would've been just as happy.
"I think everybody was happy to finally get the win, but I think we felt like we should've won that game."
BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said Dye's contribution to the game was huge, but that if the team is going to be successful, others will have to step up.
He also said he hoped the win over Tonganoxie would serve as a springboard for his team for the rest of the season.
"I think it was important to get back on the winning side of things," Courtney said. "And hopefully we can continue to improve the rest of the way."
Courtney said his team went into the Tonganoxie game believing they could win, and if they approach the rest of their games with the same attitude, good things will happen.
Sumner 70 BLHS 39
The Sumner Academy Sabres cut through the Basehor-Linwood boys' basketball team to extend the Bobcats' losing streak.
Basehor-Linwood dropped their tenth straight game with a 70-39 loss to Sumner Academy Friday, Jan. 31. While the Bobcats never led, they were within striking distance until a poor fourth quarter when Sumner Academy outscored Basehor-Linwood, 24-6.
The final score was a rout, but coach Bruce Courtney said his team did not feel like the score was indicative of the contest.
"I think these guys feel if you don't look at the scoreboard, they didn't get blown out," Courtney said. "They were in this game.
Senior Brian Gripka took over as the point guard, but the transition was not difficult for him.
Gripka plays point guard whenever Grube does not in practice and in games, so he is capable, Courtney said.
"If anything, it was just a surprise for him," Courtney said. "Brian got thrown into tonight, but he was ready and played extremely well."
Gripka also said the transition was not a difficult but he said the loss of Grube did affect the team.
"John's been our leader for ever, since middle school," Gripka said. "With him out, we were lost for a little, but we got it together. We really played well in the second quarter."
Gripka was a large part of the Bobcats' second quarter success. At one point in the second quarter, Sumner Academy led 21-11, and they seemed to be on their way to blowing Basehor-Linwood out early after a monster dunk.
Gripka hit two three-point shots and junior Adam Smith's put back gave the Bobcats a 8-0 run to make the score 21-19.
The Bobcats were in the game, but they did not finish the half well. They did not score again in the half while Sumner Academy went on a 9-0 run, and the halftime score was 30-19.
Courtney said Sumner Academy's run to end the half was crucial.
"That was definitely a straw that we didn't need," Courtney said. "I wouldn't say it broke our back, but it got it going that way.
"At half, we new we could play with them, but we made mistakes that you can't afford to make against a team like Sumner Academy."
Sumner Academy did take advantage of those mistakes, and after the game was 21-19, they outscored Basehor-Linwood 49-20 in route to a 70-39 victory.
Senior Brandon Dye led the Bobcats in scoring with 13. Smith and Gripka both had eight points.
Senior Garyn Gorup was the leading rebounder with eight.