Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team loses against tough competition at Emporia tourney
Basehor-Linwood was roughed up playing a brutal stretch of games at the Emporia boy's basketball tournament over the weekend. The Bobcats dropped thee games, two in blowout fashion.
BLHS almost knocked off Blue Valley West in the first round, but fell 52-48. Chandler Schaake went for 17 and Tanner Swafford had 12.
The Bobcats were tied after three quarters but couldn't close the game out.
Coach Mike McBride said he was happy with how the team played against a very good Blue Valley West team. The Bobcat's next two games did not go as well, with the team falling to Bellevue East 64-40 and Olathe East 74-38. BLHS (1-3) was only trailing Bellevue 24-19 at half but fell out of the game quickly when Bellevue opened the second half on a big run.
"We just didn't play hard. There is no excuse," McBride said. "After watching tape, it was everywhere. We didn't play good defense, didn't take care of ball. We didn't set screens, we didn't use screens. We had a total breakdown. That is the best way to describe it. We have some things to fix. I don't know if that starts with the coaching or the kids. I didn't do anything differently this year than I did last year."
McBride said there were some positives during the tournament. He liked the team's performance against Blue Valley West. McBride said he liked how the team got the ball into the post against Olathe East. But the coach said he would now re-evaluate his roster and probably expand his rotation.
"We have reached a state of complacency where people are thinking they are going to play because they reached varsity," McBride said. "This wasn't a great start to what we wanted to accomplish."
McBride said he didn't think his team had the athletes to compete with bigger schools who had bigger players.
"You put hours and hours of time into it and then you watch a team that played so much over the summer, the best word to use is discouraging," McBride said of the performance. "You would like to see them work hard, and we didn't even do that. I am at a loss for words.
"I wouldn't say this is a bad sign. We have a lot of time to fix things. We played well against Blue Valley West. This isn't a lost season by any means. But we can't win games with the way we played on Saturday. We have to fix things in practice. We can't afford to pick and choose when we decide to play."
McBride said the outcome of the tournament would have been much different had the team closed out Blue Valley West in the first round.
"There is no question," McBride said. "We would have had confidence, the work would have been there and we wouldn't have worried about what had to be done. That is part of fighting adversity as well. If someone goes down at the end of the season and we are in a big game, are we going to look at it like we are still ready to go? Or are we going to feel sorry for ourselves? This weekend we felt sorry for ourselves."
McBride said he will start to give more playing time to the players that work hardest in practice and play tough defense.
"We are not giving up," McBride said. "We aren't down on any player-we just have to evaluate what we are going to do as a coaching staff. We have to figure some things out. Maybe we aren't as quick as we thought, maybe we aren't going to shoot it as well; maybe we just need to play a different style of basketball. There are some positives. We just cannot go into a game and not give 100 percent effort"
BV WEST 52
BV West: Besler 3, Ubell 7, O'Flynn 7, French 2, Boan 0, Copp 19, Ashley 0, R. Lewandowski 14. Totals 18 12-16 48.
Basehor-Linwood: Swafford 12, Schaake 17, Ogilvie 6, Ziegler 2, Pierce 6, Bowers 2, Mallon 0, Schierbaum 3. Totals 14 16-18 48.
BV West 11 10 12 19 - 52
Basehor 10 6 17 15 - 48
Three-point goals: Ubell 2, Besler, O'Flynn; Pierce 2, Schaake, Swafford.