Lansing drops Basehor boys to 0-3
Latest Basehor-Linwood rally falls short again
Lansing High School returned all five starters from last year's boys basketball team.
Basehor-Linwood returned only one, Austin Knipp, and he had just six points through three quarters Tuesday.
Still, the Bobcats managed to make a game of it.
Facing a raucous crowd and an early deficit, the Bobcats saw another determined rally fall just short, as they lost to the Lions, 51-44.
The loss dropped the Bobcats to 0-3.
"We played very hard," BLHS coach Mike McBride said. "You're playing against seven seniors and one junior and we've got freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. I'm very proud of what we accomplished tonight. We've got one more game before Christmas. If we can get things figured out by Christmas we'll start beating people."
The way things started out for the Bobcats it looked like the outcome might be much uglier than it turned out to be. They scored just two points in the first quarter, and watched their leading scorer, Knipp, limp to the locker room with an apparent ankle injury.
Knipp returned minutes later, however, and the Bobcats mounted a charge behind senior James Bishop. Down 12-2, Bishop hit a three, followed it up with a long jumper, and then fed Jacob Schierbaum inside for an easy lay-up. Suddenly the Bobcats were down just 12-9.
Minutes later they would get a boost from their second halftime buzzer-beater in as many games.
This time, instead of Bishop doing the honors it was sophomore Tanner Swafford. Swafford got the ball on the perimeter with time ticking down and the LHS crowd tried to trick him by counting down the last five seconds a little bit early.
The tactic seemed to work, as Swafford released the shot with three or four seconds remaining. But it backfired on Lansing when Swafford's silky left-handed shot swished through the net, cutting the lead to 13-12.
As close as it was at halftime, BLHS managed to hold just a few brief leads in the second half. Knipp's putback gave them their biggest lead at 19-15 early in the third quarter. Swafford scored a lay up off a pass from Schierbaum with one minute left in the quarter to put his team up 27-26.
But that was it for Basehor-Linwood, as the Lions went on a 15-4 run to open up a 41-31 lead in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats frontcourt of Schierbaum, Swafford and Garrett Chumley had trouble containing Lansing's experienced post players and both starters, Chumley and Schierbaum, fouled out.
"They're strong, they're seniors and we're pretty young in there," McBride said. "They used their strength and we got bumped a little bit and we got tired and started fouling."
Knipp, Bishop and Chandler Schaake led one last charge for the Bobcats, as they all hit three-pointers in the final four minutes. But Lansing beat the press for a couple easy buckets and made free throws down the stretch to salt the game away.
Knipp led the team with 14 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter, and also had seven rebounds. Schierbaum led the team with 10 rebounds and Schaake led with 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals.
The Bobcats next game is against Mill Valley at home on Tuesday, Dec. 20.