Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

BHS press can’t stop Basehor-Linwood

January 22, 2009

The Basehor-Linwood Bobcats took it to the Bonner Springs Braves, winning 71-30 Friday night at the Bonner Springs YMCA.

The Bobcats’ young squad had little trouble with Bonner’s press, scoring several easy buckets on breakaways. Bonner’s even-younger squad had a lot of trouble scoring much at all.

“Against Bonner, the first thing you have to do is break the press,” Basehor coach Mike McBride said. “We have a lot of quickness at the guard spot so it is hard to press us. Once we got by the press we got some easy buckets.”

The Bobcats had a 10-5 lead at the 3:19 mark of the first quarter when Bonner Springs’ Brett Steuart dropped a 3-point basket cutting the deficit to 2. When his shot landed and Basehor turned the ball over it appeared that the ‘Cats might be rattled by the loud home crowd. A Bonner 3-point attempt rattled out of the rim and into the waiting hands of freshman Colin Murphy. Sensing his team had lost focus, McBride called a timeout.

After the timeout, Basehor went on a 29-7 run to close the half. The game would be out of reach for the Braves the rest of the way.

Bonner’s regular 14-man rotation was hampered by illness but was certainly not the reason the Braves fell.

The story was the toughness the Bobcats showed all night. With every missed shot Basehor would send everybody to the boards.

“It was not losing that bothered me,” Bonner coach Ryan Hull said. “It was the way that we lost that got me going. You can’t come out completely flat against your rival and expect to compete.

“There was a complete lack of discipline on offense and defense.”

Murphy led the Bobcats with 15 points, junior Clint Schierbaum had 12 points, junior Richie O’Donnell had 9 and senior Anthony Pierce added 7.

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