Archive for Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Bobcats out-rebounded by SFT

January 8, 2003

Rebounding played a key role in the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats' 73-49 home loss to league rival Santa Fe Trail Tuesday.

The Bobcats couldn't keep Santa Fe Trail off the offensive glass, allowing the Chargers second and third chances.

"We just couldn't keep them off the boards," BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said. "We did alright until the shot went up, but they kept getting more shots underneath off of rebounds."

Santa Fe Trail head coach Brian Luther said this was the best game his team had played so far this year.

"The last two games we played were decided at the buzzer, so every game we've had so far has been close," Luther said.

"In those games, we'd play a quarter or two and then lose our focus. This was the closest we've been to a complete game."

A quick tempo was set early, as Santa Fe Trail came out in a full-court press.

After trading baskets throughout most of the first half, the Chargers stretched their lead to 39-29 at halftime.

"The pace was fine and we were comfortable in it," Courtney said. "It didn't really hurt us, we just failed to get back on defense and that got them a lot of easy lay-ups."

Courtney said he thought the game was still within reach after falling behind by 10 at halftime.

"At halftime I basically told them they needed to reach down and get some fire and desire," Courtney said.

"To play with them we needed to do a much better job on the defensive boards and be more patient on offense."

After seniors Brandon Dye and Bronson Schaake picked up their third fouls early in the third quarter, Santa Fe Trail began to exercise more control on the boards, helped by erratic shooting by the Bobcats.

"Physically, we just battled," Santa Fe Trail head coach Brian Luther said. "Our big guys did a good job on the boards and gave us extra chances on offense."

In the fourth quarter, Courtney substituted his entire line-up with six minutes to go, with the subs playing the rest of the game.

Pacing the way offensively for the Bobcats were seniors Brian Gripka and Dye, who had 12 and 11 points respectively. Eric Lafferre had seven rebounds and six steals for Basehor.

Senior Shane Miles led the Chargers with 27, followed by senior Cameron Babb with 11.

"I was very disappointed in the game tonight," Courtney said. "I don't think we played near to our ability whatsoever. We just lacked spark on both ends of the court after the first quarter."

Up next for BLHS is Bonner Springs, which currently stands at 5-1.

Courtney said he thinks his team has many things to work on before Friday night's game.

"I'm concerned, obviously," Courtney said. "They're a very good ball club that has a lot of talent. If we come out the same, we will be in a world of hurt. I strongly believe we can do all the things we say we can, but we need to stop talking about it and start doing it."

Friday's game is at Bonner Springs High School and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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