Lions edge Bobcats in first-place showdown
Lansing took control of the Kaw Valley League boys basketball race with a 47-37 victory over Basehor-Linwood on Friday at BLHS.
With the win, Lansing gains sole possession of first place in the KVL, leaving the Bobcats on the outside looking in at a league crown.
Lansing would need to lose a game down the stretch in order for Basehor-Linwood to have a shot at the league crown.
The Lions took control of the race by outscoring the Bobcats 36-17 in the final three quarters of play during Friday’s game after trailing 20-11 at the end of the first quarter.
Basehor-Linwood started the game on an 8-4 run and led 18-7 early in the first quarter. BLHS guards were effective at penetrating against the Lions’ zone and dishing the ball off for shots near the basket.
The Bobcats scored on eight consecutive possessions in the quarter.
When the first quarter ended, the Basehor offense became less effective. The Bobcats mustered just a Mark Vaca 3-pointer in the second quarter. Lansing outscored BLHS 10-2 in the quarter, going 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
Basehor led 23-21 at halftime.
Lansing took the lead with a 4-0 run to start the third quarter. The score of the game was close throughout the second half as the two teams exchanged the lead eight times and there were four ties.
Basehor-Linwood led 35-31 late in the fourth quarter when Lansing went on a 10-2 run to take control of the game with about two minutes to play. The Lions closed out the game by making 6 of 6 foul shots.
Curtis Beal led Lansing with 14 points. Ryan Delich scored 10 points, and Cody Rush and Clayton Hall each scored eight points.
Colin Murphy led the Bobcats with 12 points.