Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

BLHS boys will turn loss into positive

February 12, 2009

A foul easily could’ve been called on the final play of the Basehor-Linwood boys’ 53-52 loss Friday at Mill Valley.

There’s no question Tanner Bowers drew contact while attempting a layup just before the buzzer. There’s a photo of the collision on in case there are any doubters.

That being the case, BLHS coach Mike McBride didn’t gripe about it after the game. He offered a long, cold stare at the officials as they exited the gym right after the buzzer sounded, but when it came time to talk about the game, McBride pointed no fingers.

McBride knows one play doesn’t decide a basketball game. He’ll be the first one to tell you that. He knew there were numerous things his team could’ve done different throughout the game to counter an inspired effort by Mill Valley. His team could’ve defended better or made more free throws (the Bobcats were 15-for-24 at the stripe). It could’ve taken better care of the ball instead of turning it over an uncharacteristic 15 times.

There was a deeper theme to the loss that bugged McBride, though. He thought his team was getting a bit cocky after the two-time defending KVL champions won their first six games of league play.

“We’ve been fighting for two or three games. You always talk about confidence and cockiness, and I think our team, we crossed the line a little bit with cockiness,” McBride said. “The first half we didn’t have good energy again, we weren’t talking, we didn’t even act like we halfway wanted to be here half the time, so coming in here against a good team like Mill Valley you’re not going to win doing that.”

The positive for Basehor is that it has played well enough this season to be able to become cocky. Another positive is that the Bobcats’ humbling loss to Mill Valley hasn’t cost them a chance to win another league title.

They helped their cause by beating Piper on Tuesday, 51-41. They can take care of their next challenger — Lansing — on Friday.

Yet another positive for the Bobcats is that they have a coach in McBride who sees the big picture and, in the process, his players see the big picture. They understand that these regular-season games are glorified practices to prepare them for the postseason. Wins help with the seeding process, but losses also can be beneficial.

McBride expects Friday’s loss to be a short-term annoyance and a long-term positive. It’ll allow his team to refocus, reunite and get back to business.

“Everything’s still intact; everything’s still there,” McBride said of his team’s chances of winning a third straight KVL title. “We’ll be upset about it for a couple days, and when it’s all said and done we should end up at the state tournament.”


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