Top ‘Cats: Basehor beats Lansing
Basehor-Linwood went into Friday night's game against Lansing knowing that a win would allow them to control their own destiny for a second consecutive Kaw Valley League title.
It would also improve their sub-state positioning and extend a seven game winning streak.
The red hot Bobcats were up to the challenge, sweeping their season series against Lansing with a 63-53 win.
"This is a very big win. Lansing lost Tuesday, we knew they would come in here and play tough because if they beat us they would have a heck of a chance to at least tie for first in the league," coach Mike McBride said. "Now we kind of made some distance between us and Lansing. We have to take care of business every night. But this kind of puts us in the driver seat for league and at least a third seed in the sub-state tournament."
After starting the season 3-4, the Basehor-Linwood has won eight consecutive games after Tuesday's win over Immaculata ( see story 4B).
Tanner Swafford scored 21 points while playing sick. He spent a portion of halftime dealing with the effects of the flu. While unsure of whether he had a cold or flu, and sporting a horse voice after the game, Swafford said this game was one of the best he had ever been a part of.
"This is a sign that will help us go a long way in sub-state and go to state," Swafford said of the win.
McBride was impressed with his star's performance while fending off an illness: "He played a great game; worked hard on defense. And when he brings it like that on offense, he is so tough to guard."
Jacob Schierbaum had four points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocked shots. Scott Ogilvie had 12 points and eight rebounds. Chandler Schaake scored 15 points.
McBride said Ogilvie's performance tells future opponents that they can't help off of him on defense anymore.
"He is the fifth piece to the puzzle. For him to step up and score like he did tonight is huge, because it gives us another option."
When Schaake plays like that Basehor is tough to beat, McBride said.
He has taken care of the ball well all year.
"The momentum is big," Schaake said of his team's improved play. "After the loss against Perry, we have stepped up our game and improved our intensity."
The Bobcats controlled the tempo of the game from the outset. They led 25-20 at halftime, were up by 10 at the end of the third, and then picked up their offense when Lansing got hot from the field in the fourth to secure the win.
McBride said his team was flat last week in the victory over Tonganoxie. The coach thought his team was sluggish after winning the Bobcat Invitational the week before against superior competition. He was happy with the effort against Lansing.
"We weren't flat tonight," McBride said. "We brought it. I was proud of the kids. They listened to us and executed the game plan. That shows we are ready for sub-state."