Basehor boys cruise to 61-38 victory
Using a balanced scoring attack, Basehor-Linwood opened its season with a 61-38 victory over Osage City in the first round of the Central Heights Tournament on Tuesday at Osawatomie High School.
While a victory is nice, coach Mike McBride said his team had a lot of areas it could improve upon.
“Yeah, it is a good way to start the year,” McBride said. “I feel we are a much better team than what we played tonight.”
Initially, Basehor-Linwood struggled with Osage City’s pressure defense and trailed 6-4 in the first quarter. After trailing early, BLHS built a 14-10 by the end of the first quarter.
“They put a lot of pressure on us,” McBride said. “Once we figured it out, we broke the press real well. It was a good game to start with. We need to get back to playing Basehor-Linwood basketball on Friday; getting the first game underneath you always helps.”
In the second quarter, Basehor led by 15 points before leading 33-21 at halftime.
“When we needed to, we focused a bit and pushed the lead up,” McBride said.
The Bobcats continued to control the game in the second half, earning the victory.
Basehor-Linwood had flashes in the game where it played well on offense. The Bobcats’ four new interior players combined for 37 points in the victory.
Freshman Ryan Murphy finished with 13 points and Richie O’Donnell scored 12 points. Colin Murphy (9 points) and Clint Schierbaum (8 points) also contributed on the interior for the Bobcats.
“There was a lot balance. We scored 61 points, and our high scorer had 12,” McBride said.
From the perimeter, the Bobcats didn’t shoot the ball especially well.
“Chandler Schaake did not look for his shot early, and we have to get that changed,” McBride said. “He has to step up and shoot. As well as he shoots, he can’t just be a distributor. He needs to learn to take control of the game.”
The Bobcats also committed a lot of fouls.
Osage City had possessions throughout the game where it struggled to get much of an offense going, but then drew a foul. Osage City made 24 free throws in the game while making just six field goals.
“Yeah, that is what it came down to, we played great defense and then just bailed them out,” McBride said. “We had seven new players tonight, and they were trying hard.”
McBride said some of the fouls could be attributed to players being a bit out of sync and having first-game jitters. He said the players should improve as the season progressed if they continued working hard. While they didn’t play exactly like McBride wanted in all facets of the game, the Bobcats’ work ethic should help them improve.
“I know we will play some tough games, but if they work like they do right now and begin to understand the system and program, we will eventually get things figured out,” McBride said.
Other scorers for BLHS included Schaake with 8 points, Tanner Bowers with 7, Anthony Pierce with 4 and Mark Vaca with 3.
Basehor-Linwood plays Osawatomie at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament semifinals.