Bobcat boys rally past Junction City, advance to semifinals in Emporia
Jake Hattock had his coming out party for the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats on Thursday against Junction City.
He scored 19 points, drilling a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the fourth quarter to give BLHS a 39-37 lead.
The basket propelled the Bobcats on a 12-3 run en route to a 48-40 victory in the first round of the Emporia Invitational. During this stretch of play, Colin Murphy grabbed rebounds and scored field goals for the Bobcats. He finished the game with 11 points.
“I am not sure Basehor-Linwood has beaten a 6A school before,” BLHS coach Mike McBride said. “Regardless, we didn’t play real well.”
The game was a little ugly throughout, McBride said. BLHS expected Junction City to play at a faster pace, but the Bluejays decided to work time off the clock on possessions.
The first half was back and forth between the two teams and the Bobcats trailed 24-21 at halftime.
The Bobcats trailed by two points entering the fourth quarter.
McBride said he expected Junction City to play a fast brand of basketball, but instead they held the basketball for much of the third quarter.
“We got out the first-game jitters by the end of third quarter and had a good fourth quarter,” he said.
Evan Theno also had a nice game for the Bobcats.
“Those three were the ones that played pretty decent,” he said. “Everybody played hard and it could be two different ones tomorrow that play well. Seven players can have big scoring nights on any night. We also have two or three good role players.”
Basehor-Linwood took a step forward with the victory. The team had played in the tournament on two other occasions, but this is the school’s first to be playing in the winner’s bracket.
Basehor-Linwood plays Olathe East at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Olathe East is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A and defeated Bellevue (Neb.) East on Thursday in a quarterfinal game.
The winner of Friday’s game will play at 2:15 Saturday in the championship game. The loser will play at 12:30 p.m.