Vaca sparks Basehor-Linwood boys to victory over Perry
Mark Vaca entered the game with his team trailing 6-2 on Tuesday night.
In the first quarter, Basehor-Linwood boys basketball coach Mike McBride was looking for a spark off the bench.
Vaca provided it.
He hit back-to-back 3-pointers and gave Basehor-Linwood an 8-6 lead. The Bobcats never trailed again, building a 28-19 lead at halftime en route to a 62-37 victory.
Vaca finished the game with 8 points and played a pivotal role for the Bobcats.
“We moved the ball well. He came in and hit two three’s. It is someone different each night getting us going,” coach Mike McBride said. “Mark Vaca is starting to play like he did last year.”
Yes, balance is a key reason that Basehor-Linwood is 14-5 this season.
“That is what makes us so tough to guard. We play nine kids and are averaging 59 points a game,” McBride said. “Our leading scorer averages 9.9 points a game, different kids do good against different defenses. It is a matter of finding the right lineup on a different night. We just have to figure it out that we have the ability.”
Tuesday was a group effort as Perry-Lecompton mixed up zone and man-to-man defenses against Basehor-Linwood.
Clint Schierbaum and Colin Murphy led the team with 12 points apiece. Richie O’Donnell had 8 points, Chandler Schaake scored , Anthony Pierce and Tanner Bowers scored 5 apiece, Ryan Murphy finished with 4, and Justin Gripka added 1.
“Everybody played pretty well tonight, very balanced. We played with great energy tonight,” McBride said. “I thought we played hard, we had fun, everyone came to win, it was a well-balanced attack, scored inside and outside. We took care of the ball all night.”
Basehor-Linwood, 15-4, plays host to Bonner Springs on Friday as part of senior night. A BLHS victory, coupled with a Lansing loss Friday at Mill Valley, would garner the Bobcats a share of a third consecutive Kaw Valley League championship.
The Bobcats begin Class 4A sub-state play at 7 p.m. Monday and are expected to be the No. 1 seed in the tournament. Brackets have yet to be announced.