JV boys hold off Basehor-Linwood in opener
Basehor Lansing High junior varsity boys basketball coach Ben Doll knew his squad's season-opener at Basehor-Linwood wouldn't be easy.
That's why Doll's smile was so big after the Lions earned a hard-fought 42-34 victory Tuesday night at BLHS. The Lions faced an early deficit, battled to a one-point halftime lead and then held off a late rally by the Bobcats in the final minutes.
There was nothing pretty about the victory, but Doll said he'd take the result any day.
"This showed a lot of character," he said of his team. "The game was very sloppy, and we had not dealt with a situation of having to run the clock before. We handled it better than I thought we would."
Lansing (1-0) trailed 11-7 after the first quarter. A pair of baskets by Will Johnson keyed a 9-4 run in the second quarter, however. That gave LHS a one-point lead at intermission.
The Lions used a balanced attack in the third quarter to grow their lead. P.J. Sigle and Chris Hill each scored four points, Bobby Hauver swished a three-pointer and Matt Sittenauer scored during the run.
Basehor pulled within four at one point in the fourth quarter, but each time Lansing extended its lead again. Although Doll was pleased that his team defended its lead, he said it needs to show more maturity and mental toughness with the game on the line.
"With 2:42 left we got a technical foul, and we just can't do that," he said. "I'm happy we got the win, but we obviously didn't handle adversity great. We need to handle adversity better."
Sigle scored a team-high eight points, Chris Hill had six and Hauver scored five. Four players scored four points apiece.
Doll praised his players for being aggressive on the defensive end. He said that effort would help Friday when LHS plays Tonganoxie.
"If we play like we did tonight I think we can beat just about anybody, but we have to finish stronger," he said.