Archive for Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Braves frigid from field against Lansing

February 3, 2009

The Bonner Springs Braves could not buy a basket all night in their 58-34 loss to Lansing on Friday.

The loss marks their third to the Lions this season and made their Kaw Valley League record 1-6.

The Braves are 4-9 overall this season.

This was one of the weaker offensive games for the Braves this season as they shot under 30 percent from the floor and made only three of their 28 3-point attempts. They also had trouble defending Lansing senior center Cody Rush who scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with his two blocks.

The outcome of the game was not in question after the first eight minutes.

Rush put his talents on display early in the game scoring 10 points in the first stanza. He hit a turnaround jumper, banged in another jumper and threw down a dunk on an alley-oop that he received from fellow senior Curtis Beall at the end of a fast break. Beal had six assists in the first quarter alone, and eight for the night.

With 5:04 remaining in the second quarter Rush received another great pass from Beal to close out a 12-0 run by the Lions making the score 28-10. Freshman J.J. Jackson hit a spinning basket to stop the bleeding for the Braves and causing the BSHS students to chant, "He's a freshman" to point out that they have three more seasons to look at plays like that. On the next possession, Jackson dribbled into a trap and turned the ball over causing the Lion contingent to mockingly chant, "He's a freshman."

The quarter as a whole was an ugly one for the Braves. They scored only 4 points in the quarter and fell behind 32-14 heading into halftime. All season the second period has been the kryptonite to the Braves’ offense — often they’ve struggled to score more than 10 points in the eight minutes. Coach Ryan Hull has talked about this all season as being a big problem for his team and can't seem to get a finger on it.

"I wasn't too upset about what we were doing on offense tonight," Hull said. "We had open shots — you know we hit 18 threes against these guys the first game of the season, then you come out and only make two, it's a little frustrating. We even missed layups; that's when you know there is a lid on the basket."

The third quarter was not a lot better either. The Braves were outmatched inside by the bigger Lions who scored easy basket after easy basket. Bonner trailed 48-20 heading into the decisive fourth quarter, where, finally some shots started to fall.

Lansing put its reserves in for the fourth quarter and cruised to the 58-34 victory keeping them only one game behind league-leader Basehor-Linwood.

Jackson had 9 points for Bonner and sophomore Juan Pichardo chipped in 8.

For the Braves it is back to the drawing board.

"We never got settled down tonight and you have to give credit to the Lansing defense," Hull said. "Our kids will bounce back and be ready to play against (Bishop) Ward on Tuesday."

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