BLHS boys fall back
obcats fall to Perry, 66-49
Coming off their first victory of the season, the Bobcats again showed vast improvement for the first 28 minutes of Tuesday's game. But they reverted back to their old form in the last four minutes as a close contest turned into a 66-49 victory for Perry-Lecompton.
Through the first three and a half quarters the Bobcats were efficient on offense and scrappy on defense, answering every Perry run until the Kaws busted off a 14-3 spurt to run away with the game at the end.
"I told the guys we did a lot of things right tonight," coach Bruce Courtney said. "But we made mistakes at the end that turned the corner for them. They played well, they played with a lot of hustle."
The Kaws were on top of their game for most of the night, but the Bobcats hung right with them. Perry led just 18-14 after the first quarter, with Basehor getting all 14 points on high percentage shots in the paint.
In the second quarter the Kaws stepped up the defensive intensity, forcing the Basehor guards to pick up their dribble way out on the perimeter and disrupting the offensive flow.
"We had prepared for that," senior guard John Shumaker said. "We were ready for that the whole game because that's what they're known for. We just didn't react to it well at first."
Perry guard Drew Tucker hit his third three-pointer of the first half to make it 33-22 and give the Kaws their first double digit lead. But Joel Vandervelde hit a layup off a pass from Nick Box to cut the lead to nine just before the half.
The Bobcats really showed their character in the third quarter, though, as the Kaws threatened to pull away. Perry senior Luke Tyner hit a jumpshot to put his team up 42-27 halfway through the quarter, but the Bobcats kept each other up, as they've done all year.
"We just tell each other to calm down and think things through," Shumaker said. "We get everybody pumped up and just do it."
What followed was a flurry of great plays by the Bobcats that led them on a 12-1 run to close out the quarter. Mike Armstrong hit a jumper, Shumaker skied for a beautiful tip-in, Armstrong dropped in two threes in a row and Garyn Gorup dished off to Box for a left-handed finger roll. Then Vandervelde swatted away Tyner's layup attempt on the Kaws' last possession of the quarter, and the Basehor home crowd was really rocking for the first time this season.
Armstrong had struggled to find the range early in the game, but his eight point spurt was key to the Basehor comeback, which cut the lead to 43-39. The junior would finish with a team-high 12 points as he continued to play a big role in the resurgence of the Bobcat offense.
"I'm a firm believer that how you play in the games is a reflection of how you've been playing in practice," Courtney said. "Mike's been practicing real hard, and he has that natural focus when he steps on the court."
Basehor had the momentum going into the fourth quarter, but Willie Treaster helped Perry seize it back. The junior forward scored seven of his game-high 16 points in the final quarter. All of Treaster's scoring came either around the basket or at the free throw line.
"I don't think it was as much what he was doing as it was that we were overly concerned with their drives to the basket, and that opened things up for him a little," Courtney said. "But he's a good player, he's got some quick moves in the post and he's strong."
Treaster hit a layup with four minutes left to put the Kaws up 52-43. Again the Bobcats refused to go down without a fight, though. On the next possession Brett Dowdall shook off his defender with a ball fake and drilled a three from the left wing to put his team right back in the game.
But it was at that point that things collapsed for the Bobcats. They missed a few shots from close in and then turned the ball over repeatedly as the Kaws gave them a new look with a 1-3-1 zone defense. Perry peeled off a run that made the final score one that didn't represent how close the game really was.
Basehor's next action is at home against Lansing Friday, Feb. 13.