BLHS boys belong with big schools at Emporia Invitational
The challenge the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team met last week of playing in the Emporia Invitational culminated in a 52-37 win against Emporia in the third-place game.
Basehor-Linwood led throughout the game and gained its largest lead late in the third quarter. Colin Murphy hit a shot from near half court late in the quarter that gave BLHS a 17-point lead.
Emporia closed to within 15, but that’s as close as the Spartans would get.
“We played really hard and got better on defense, which was good,” coach Mike McBride said. “We had good energy. A couple of times we looked a little nervous, but we stepped up and took it to them, increasing the lead during the game.”
Colin Murphy led the Bobcats with 20 points. Ryan Murphy scored 14 points and Jake Hattock scored 9 points.
Emporia double teamed a lot of the Bobcats’ post players. BLHS did a nice job of reversing the ball against it and finding open shooters.
The first half was even between the two teams, and BLHS led 24-16 at halftime.
Overall, McBride said he was pleased with how his team played in the tournament.
“We improved every game,” McBride said. “From the first to third game we started to understand our roles of what we could and couldn’t do. We improved a tremendous amount and got what we wanted to out of it.”
Basehor-Linwood forced 56 steals in the last two games of the tournament. The Bobcats forced 38 turnovers in the loss to Olathe East and 18 against Emporia.
“Obviously, we can play some defense,” McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood was outrebounded each game with Emporia outrebounding them by one in the third-place game.
OLATHE EAST 62, BLHS 48
The Basehor-Linwood boys suffered their first setback of the season with a 62-48 loss to Olathe East on Friday.
In the process, Olathe East showed Basehor-Linwood a different speed of basketball to play at this season.
The Hawks, the No. 4 ranked Class 6A program, played a faster game of basketball than the Bobcats were used to, enabling them to jump out to a 12-3 lead.
On the run, Olathe East sank three consecutive 3-pointers.
“The speed at the beginning of the game threw us off a little bit, but if we play at that speed the rest of the year, we will be where we want to be,” coach Mike McBride said. “I was very pleased. We did an excellent job of getting better throughout the game. Playing that speed makes us learn faster. Everyone felt we had a chance to win the game.”
The Bobcats adjusted to the tempo of the game and cut the lead to five points entering the second quarter. The two teams traded scoring runs throughout the game, but BLHS was unable to cut the scoring gap to fewer than six points.
The Bobcats had chances to cut the lead on numerous possessions, but failed to capitalize on them, either missing a shot or turning the ball over.
“We kept it between five and 10 points the rest of the game,” McBride said. “We just couldn’t get over the hump. They were a good team and had three guards that could shoot it. We held our own in the paint, but shooting is what ended up winning them the game.”
Leading by six points with less than two minutes to play, Olathe East sank a pair of 3-pointers to ice the victory.
In a losing effort, the Bobcats featured a balanced scoring attack. Ryan Murphy led the Bobcats with 14 points. Colin Murphy and Richie O’Donnell each scored 11 points. Jake Hattock scored 7 points.
BLHS 48, JUNCTION CITY 40
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.”