Basehor-Linwood boys to be tested after break
Following the championship game of the Central Heights Invitational Tournament at Osawatomie High School, Basehor-Linwood boys basketball coach Mike McBride spoke about the tests his team would be facing the next week.
A young team was on the verge of discovering where it ranked in the Kaw Valley League hierarchy with upcoming games against Mill Valley and Lansing.
The Bobcats, two-time defending Kaw Valley League champs, were looking forward to the tests.
“We are hoping that there is no emotional letdown,” McBride said after the game. “We better bring it on Tuesday. I told our guys that if we are going to lose a league title, someone is going to have to come in to our place and get it.”
Unfortunately for Basehor-Linwood fans and players, weather postponed the tests until after the holiday break.
The Bobcats still don’t know where they rank as both games were postponed due to inclement weather. Icy roads forced the Mill Valley game on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to be postponed. Cold weather canceled school on Friday, forcing that evening’s game at Lansing to be called off. Kaw Valley League policies dictate if one team doesn’t have school, then the game is postponed.
As a result of the postponed games, the Bobcats were able to spend more time evaluating film of the tournament championship loss to St. James Academy.
They have studied how disciplined St. James Academy played on defense, and how well their offense worked when they stuck with it.
Players were able to see that the offense opened up after 30 seconds in a possession.
The Bobcats also were more fluid in their offense and more effective when they didn’t chuck up a big three-point attempt, but worked inside for layups instead.
“We saw how close we actually were to beating them,” McBride said. “There was a 13-point swing on travel calls either called or not called. It is one of those games that they are so disciplined, we got to see where we lost the game.”
Basehor-Linwood enters the winter hiatus with a 2-1 record. The Bobcats also have yet to play a league game. They will play 17 regular-season games in a seven-week period after the first of the year.
The postponed games will be made up after the Bobcat Invitational in January.
“From Jan. 6 to Feb. 26 we will play 17 games, and maybe with a young team like this it might be the best thing to happen for us,” McBride said. “We might not have time to worry about wins and losses and just keep playing. As a basketball player, that is what you want; sounds like fun to me.”
McBride coached in Missouri prior to coming to BLHS and said the schedule is similar to what a team playing on that side of the state line might experience, as teams play a lot more games.
He said the players have bought into the idea that they need to take it one game at a time and progress in order to compete for a state title.
“It has been a lot of fun to coach this team. They realize that they have a lot of stuff to work on, win or lose,” he said. “We don’t know what is going to happen in the league but we look forward to finding out where we are in the league.”
Basehor-Linwood players return to practice on Dec. 29, after a week off from practice.