Bobcats fall to 2-5 after 95-51 drubbing at Bonner Springs
Recurring problems haunted the Basehor-Linwood boy's basketball team Friday night at Bonner Springs.
After leading by as many as six points early, the Bobcats were hit by foul trouble and erratic defense and ended up falling 95-51, to drop their record to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the Kaw Valley League.
"It was really the same old stuff," head coach Bruce Courtney said. "We started off pretty well and we did what we talked about, but then we just stopped. We were doing it and then they we weren't and I don't know why."
The Bobcats led by 13-7 to begin the game, but then the Braves rallied back with an 11-point run begun by a converted three-point play by Jared Gillespie. By the time Basehor scored on a lay-up by Garyn Gorup, they were down 18-15, only to fall behind further on another three-point play by Gillespie as time expired in the quarter.
"We started off good and we went in believing we could do it," Brandon Dye said. "Once they hit a couple shots, we kind of gave up. It just went downhill after the first quarter."
After Dye converted a three-point play for the Bobcats to begin the second quarter, Bonner went on a seven-point run after getting into the bonus at the foul line. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the half, with the Braves taking a 44-26 lead into the locker room.
"They kept the pressure on and I can only give credit to what they did," Courtney said. "They took advantage of our weaknesses and when they got on a roll, it just kept rolling and was hard to stop."
Adam Smith and John Grube picked up their fourth and third fouls, respectively, about halfway into the third quarter, and Bonner went on an ensuing 10-point run to put the game out of reach, 67-37.
In the fourth quarter, Bonner piled on the defense, getting many easy points as they stretched the lead to as many as 44 before the game was over.
"We just didn't have as good weak side help underneath as they did," Dye said. "They could lob it in pretty easy because our weak side help was slow on getting there."
Dye and Bronson Schaake were the leading scorers for the Bobcats, both finishing with 11.
"Everybody that stepped on the court played well at times, but no one stood out for playing well the entire game," Courtney said. "But then everyone on the court also had some things they did not so good, and those are the things we are trying to eliminate and cut down on."
In the Bobcats' four-game losing streak, they have been outscored 276-202 in losses to Tonganoxie, Lansing, Santa Fe Trail and Bonner Springs, all league opponents.
"We've got a lot to work on," Courntey said. "Things we're struggling with right now, we just need to work on. All the kids have a great passion for the game and they know there's a need to put some work in."
Bobcats 45 Piper 55
Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Bobcats looked to rebound from their loss at Bonner Springs as they traveled to Piper for a KVL clash with the Pirates.
Despite trailing 17-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Bobcats came out in the next two quarters a much more focused ball club.
BLHS trailed 31-24 at halftime, but cut the lead to three at the end of three quarters.
A 16-9 advantage for Piper in the final frames, sealed the Bobcats fate and they lost 55-45, dropping their record to 2-6.
Dye led the Bobcats with 18 points, including three three-pointers and Bronson Schaake chipped in nine in the loss.
The Bobcats are off until Tuesday, Jan. 21, when they play No. 1 seed Blue Valley West at the BLHS Invitational.