Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team plays stifling defense in first game
Even the usually relaxed David Walker was visibly frustrated with how difficult it was to score points Friday against Basehor-Linwood.
After a THS turnover in the second half, the Chieftains coach turned around and smacked a chair with his right hand in aggravation.
"It's the first game of the season and you have some emotions and adrenaline running," Walker said after Tonganoxie's 47-31 season-opening defeat. "I think the effort on our behalf was there, but I just think we have to be a little bit more efficient on the offensive end. You can't give them opportunities because they'll take advantage."
Tonganoxie only converted 3-of-17 field goals in the first half. The game read like a football score, 20-7, at the half.
Wentz-Hall gave Basehor its biggest scare when he cut the lead to 10 to end the third quarter. The senior guard took a few dribbles from the top of the key, floated in the lane and ducked his head past two BLHS defenders to convert the layup. Tonganoxie trailed, 33-23.
"At the end (of the third quarter), I took it to the hoop and luckily it went in," Wentz-Hall said of the layup. "We thought we had a shot the whole game. In the end, it just got away."
Basehor (1-0) opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run, which forced Walker to call timeout. The Bobcats' lead rapidly increased to 15.
BLHS seniors Tanner Swafford and Chandler Schaake led the Bobcats with 18 points a piece.
Belobrajdic led Tonganoxie with 10 points and seven rebounds.
THS crept back within 12 with 5:40 remaining when junior center Austin Smith converted a layup, plus the foul. Smith hit the foul shot to cut the lead to 40-28. That's the closest Tonganoxie would get the rest of the night.
"I told the guys they have nothing to hang their heads about," Walker said. "That's a talented team across the way that we just played tonight."