Archive for Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lansing rallies past Basehor, narrows title hopes for BLHS

February 19, 2009

A strong fourth-quarter rally lifted Lansing past Basehor-Linwood on Friday night in a battle for first place in the Kaw Valley League basketball standings.

The Lions won the game 47-37, and when it was over, Basehor fans and coaches were wondering what went wrong.

The team was on pace to score about 80 points in the game, leading 20-7 at one point in the first half, but couldn’t maintain it.

“When it is a physical game and you are trying to maintain your place in the league, sometimes a 20-7 lead can be the worst thing because you can have a bit of a lapse,” coach Mike McBride said. “We kind of tightened up and lost whatever we had in the first quarter.”

Here is what they lost.

Basehor started the game on an 8-4 run and led 18-7 at the end of the first quarter. BLHS guards were effective at penetrating against the Lions’ defense and dishing the ball off for shots near the basket.

The Bobcats scored on eight consecutive possessions in the first quarter and looked in control of the basketball game.

When the quarter ended, Basehor’s offense was less effective. The Bobcats mustered just a Mark Vaca 3-pointer in the second quarter.

BLHS led 23-21 at halftime.

Lansing did a better job switching on picks during the second quarter. While the Lions continued playing man-to-man defense, they didn’t allow as many points off layups in the second quarter.

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 battled through 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.

McBride said he was disappointed in the players’ shot selections down the stretch. They settled for shots on the perimeter instead of working the ball inside for a better look at the basket.

“We did things tonight that we had not done all year,” McBride said.

Curtis Beall 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.

With the win, Lansing gains 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 BLHS to have a shot at the league crown.

“We have got to hope they lose, and it probably has to be Piper that beats them for us to win it,” McBride said.

The team’s focus also is on the upcoming Class 4A sub-state tournament, which will take place in March.

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