Archive for Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Bobcat seniors victorious in final home game

But season ends with first-round Sub-state loss

March 5, 2003

Basehor-Linwood officially ended its basketball season with a 57-40 loss to Mill Valley Monday night.

The Bobcats were the eighth seed playing the first seed in the first round of sub-state.

They hung with the top seed for most of the game, but Mill Valley got its first double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and never lost it.

Head coach Bruce Courtney said the loss was a hard to take.

"It's hard to lose a game you could have won," Courtney said. "If things could have fallen the other way, who knows what would have happened. A lot of it has to do with Mill Valley.

"Emotionally, it's difficult," he said. "The seniors have played together for a long time. Now it's over."

But before the season ended, the Bobcats picked up a win on senior night, Friday, Feb. 28.

Senior Bronson Schaake picked the right time to have one of his best games of the season.

With the help of his 17 points and seven rebounds, the Bobcats picked up their fourth win of the season, a 55-45 victory against De Soto.

"This is a great win," Courtney said. "De Soto is not a pushover team. We finally had some things go our way. We played a full game intensity wise."

After one quarter of play, with the game tied at 17, the Bobcats started to pull away in the second.

The first five minutes of the quarter belonged to Schaake. During that stretch he outscored De Soto, 6-0, grabbed two rebounds, and drew a charge.

With under three minutes to go in the half, Basehor-Linwood's lead grew to 23-17.

For Schaake, there was no special formula.

"Things were going well, and it was senior night, and that's about all," Schaake said.

The Bobcats lead grew to 11 early in the third quarter when junior Adam Smith hit a jumper.

With the score 30-19, the Bobcats went cold, and De Soto took advantage. They hit two threes in a 12-0 run to give De Soto a 31-30 lead with 3:52 to go in the third.

Senior Brandon Dye stopped the bleeding when he hit a deep three-pointer with 2:31 left in the third quarter giving Basehor-Linwood a 33-31 lead.

After Dye's three, the Bobcats never trailed, their largest lead reaching 12.

"Deep down for all of us since we haven't had a lead a lot this season, we wanted to act like we didn't have a lead because we didn't want to lose it," Courtney said. "We wanted to keep our nose to the grind stone."

Dye was the second leading scorer with 16 points. Senior Brian Gripka was also in double figures with 10.

Against Mill Valley, Gripka led the Bobcats with 15 points. Schaake had 10 points in the game.

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