McBride not satisfied depite latest Bobcat triumph
When Basehor-Linwood boys basketball coach Mike McBride exited the locker room on Tuesday night after his team’s matchup with rival Tonganoxie, he didn’t seem pleased.
“I wasn’t real happy with our overall performance,” the coach said.
One would have thought the Bobcats had just dropped their first league game of the season instead of the opposite — BLHS blasted the Chieftains, 81-59.
McBride didn’t have a problem with his squad’s 13-0 run to start the game, a punch from which THS never recovered.
Chandler Schaake was the first Bobcat to score, draining a jumper. His bucket was followed by a barrage of points in the paint, a recurring theme on the night. Ryan Murphy converted a 3-point play inside and Clint Schierbaum scored down low three straight times before Schaake hit a baseline jumper to put the Bobcats up 13.
Not until senior THS forward Jamie Everett hit a pair of free throws 3:34 into the contest did the Chieftains get on the board. But their offensive struggles continued until halftime — BLHS scored more points (15) in the first four minutes than THS did in the entire first half (14), and Tonganoxie trailed by 24 at the break.
Even though THS never was able to make things interesting after the first quarter, the BLHS coach was disappointed by his team’s play.
“I really felt like we didn’t have much in the tank after that for whatever reason,” McBride said.
Regardless of the scoring margin, Basehor-Linwood (11-2 overall, 6-0 Kaw Valley League) can’t afford to coast if it wants to make noise in the postseason, McBride said.
“When you’re getting ready for sub-state, you want a killer instinct for 32 minutes,” he said.
Defense was a problem for Tonganoxie (8-5, 4-2) throughout the game and coach Shawn Phillips said the worst part was the Chieftains failed attempt to defend the BLHS attack the way they had game planned.
“We didn’t do the things to start that we had talked about,” he said. “We were terrible on the defensive end of the floor.”
The Chieftains couldn’t stop their foes inside or outside and four Bobcats — Schierbaum (15), Murphy (13), Richie O’Donnell (12) and Schaake (11) — scored in double figures. Mark Vaca and Anthony Pierce were right behind them with 8 apiece. Tanner Bowers added 6, Justin Gripka and Colin Murphy each had 3 and Jake Hattock added 2.
Phillips said his team had gotten away with less-than-perfect defensive efforts in the past, and that doesn’t work against a team like Basehor-Linwood.
“They exploited us. We didn’t do a good job of not letting them catch it in the post and they made us pay for it,” the THS coach said, noting that the Bobcats finished those inside chances. “When you’re shooting from two feet every time down the floor, you’re going to shoot a high percentage.”
Sophomore point guard Jeremy Carlisle hit two 3-pointers and led THS (8-5) with 15 points. Junior forward Keaton Schaffer scored 13, as did senior center Austin Smith.
Basehor will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley. The teams last met Jan. 28 and BLHS won, 64-56.