Basehor boys fall to Sumner Academy, 58-47
Basehor-Linwood boys basketball coach Mike McBride doesn’t believe in moral victories.
So after Tuesday’s game, he isn’t satisfied that his team played Sumner Academy close in a 58-47 loss. He didn’t necessarily care for all of the talk entering the game about the Bobcats opening up the second half of the season with Sumner, another traditionally strong program. The common sentiment from fans seemed to be that hopefully the team could be competitive against the Sabres.
McBride, though, expects his team to contend for state tournament berths and with that being the expectation, they have to compete against teams like Sumner who entered the game ranked No. 4 in Class 4A media polls.
“I thought we should have won tonight with our guard play and big kids inside,” he said. “I want our kids to believe that we are one of the best teams out there. When we believe it, we can be pretty good. I like for the kids to learn and win, but that doesn’t always happen.”
In the end, Sumner simply made too many big plays when it mattered. The Sabres were led in scoring by Neil Watson who finished with 13 points. Eli Alexander added 12.
Leading 52-47 with a minute left in the game, Sumner closed on a 6-0 run. Out of a timeout, the Sabres made a field goal, forced a turnover and then made a pair of free throws to ice the game.
Throughout the game, Sumner was able to dictate the pace of play.
The Sabres led 12-8 entering the second quarter.
Sumner outscored Basehor 14-6 in the second quarter and led 26-14 at halftime. The deficit left BLHS attempting to rally the rest of the game. Trailing 30-20 in the third quarter, the Bobcats outscored the Sabres 8-2 to cut the lead to four points.
BLHS was still within six points in the fourth quarter, but it could not put together a run to tie the game.
In addition to the Bobcats’ new mantra of taking on all challengers, the game might someday be remembered as the coming out party for Basehor-Linwood’s Murphy twins. Ryan and Colin Murphy combined for 31 points in the game. Ryan Murphy led all scorers with 22 points, displaying an ability to make layups around the basket. He also made a pair of big steals.
“He has (an) aura about him for a freshman with good hands and abilities underneath,” McBride said.
The Murphy twins bring a floor presence to the game that not many freshmen do. They are more athletic than previous BLHS forwards. In previous years, the Bobcats were unable to match the Sabres’ athleticism like they did at times during Tuesday’s game.
“We are excited to see what they can do if they continue to improve over four years,” McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood was able to feed off its interior players throughout the game.
The Bobcats’ other scorers were Chandler Schaake, 8; Anthony Pierce, 4; Richie O’Donnell, 4.
With the loss, Basehor-Linwood drops to 2-2 on the season. The team next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Turner in the Kaw Valley League opener.