Basehor boys roughed up in 2 league losses
There was an interesting feeling in the air of the BLHS gym, last Thursday, when Bonner Springs rolled into town. It's the same feeling in Allen Fieldhouse when the Missouri Tigers play the Jayhawks. It was the loudest and most intense game of the season, but unfortunately it didn't help the Bobcats obtain victory and they lost their most heated rivalry of the season 66-43.
As the orange shirts continued to strut through the doors, it wasn't hard to see what this game meant to a lot of people. But the Bobcats, in the middle of their best season in a long time just treated it as another game. They tried to learn from their opponents, and make improvements for their next meeting.
"We are just trying to get better with every game we play, eventually we'll get there," BLHS coach Mike McBride said who in his first year at BLHS hadn't experienced the Basehor/Bonner rivalry until Thursday. "We knew who we were playing but we just looked at it as any other game."
For the first time in a long time the Bobcats went into a basketball game against Bonner thinking they could win, which is something most of the players haven't experienced at the varsity level.
"I haven't seen it like this in here since I've been here," said scorekeeper and head baseball coach David Svabota.
The Bobcats came out fired up and jumped on top of the Braves with an early lead 17-9 in the first quarter. But they may have awoken a sleeping giant because Bonner took over from that point on.
The Bobcats lost any momentum they had when Bonner held them to only four points in the second quarter going on a 10-0 run and a 9-0 run taking a 28-21 lead into the half.
"They play a really physical type of game, and when they execute it, they are tough team," McBride said. "They were allowed (by the officials) to play their style of game and we weren't quite ready for it."
There was no relenting on the defensive side for Bonner. Every time a Bobcat caught or touched the ball there was a Brave defender right in his face.
Sophomore Austin Knipp had a tough time bringing the ball up the floor, being guarded by Toine Barber of Bonner. Barber had five steals in the game and was Bonners leading scorer with 13, eight of which came off those steals.
Bonner continued to dominate the game outscoring the Bobcats by eight points in the third and fourth quarters. But the Bobcats did something that they haven't done when down by a big deficit. They didn't quit. They just kept battling, every possession, they worked their offense and whether or not they scored, they played hard until the final buzzer.
"They're taking on my personality, by playing hard and never giving up," McBride said. "There was no way we were going to allow them to beat us by 40 or 50. We played hard and got better. They're starting to look like my team."
With two make up games in two weeks the Bobcats were forced to play six games in an 11-day stretch. This included playing the day after they played Bonner, versus Perry Lecompton, the Bobcats showed the affects of playing so many games in such a short period of time, and lost 71-52.
"We weren't used to playing that much," senior Seth Lashbrook said of the last two weeks. "It's an excuse, but we don't want to take it like that."
The Bobcats are all well, and rested looking to head into tonight's make up game with Bishop Ward in the friendly confines of their own gym.
"We don't really have any time to sulk," McBride said. "We want to play the rest of our games with the same intensity we had against Bonner."