Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Schaake shooting for assist record

January 22, 2009

Chandler Schaake is helping rewrite Basehor-Linwood’s basketball record.

The Bobcat senior is already Basehor-Linwood’s all-time steals leader. Now he’s close to holding a similar mark for assists.

Schaake makes the Bobcats go, having started on varsity since he was a freshman.

He is also the outside player that coach Mike McBride has charged with igniting the Bobcats offense, the player McBride expects to shoot and score.

In the third quarter of Tuesday’s first-round game against Platte County, Schaake turned in the type of performance that Basehor-Linwood coaches and fans alike are used to seeing from him.

He made a pair of field goals early in the half and then drilled a pivotal 3-pointer to cut Platte County’s lead to 37-35. Teammates fed off his performance, and the Bobcats went on to win. Schaake finished with 10 points.

Here is what McBride readily tells people: Schaake could probably shoot as much as he wants to and no one would say anything.

Throughout the season, McBride has said he has to shoot more and that he has the ability to take basketball games over.

“He has got to take over,” McBride said after the Platte County game. “He can put a team on its heels, and he was not doing it in the first half. In the second half, he took over.”

McBride and Schaake discussed it at halftime. These slow point production periods are essentially behind them, McBride told him.

“I guess that I took that to heart,” he said. “I tried to take over a little bit.”

Schaake, his coach says, is a proven commodity.

“He was taking games over as a sophomore,” McBride said. “We are a whole different team with him playing well. Our players really feed off of him.”

Schaake will play a pivotal role for the Bobcats throughout the rest of the season. He will be looked on to lead and also to score for the Bobcats.

For his part, he wants to step up more. He wants to become a consistent scorer for the team.

He wants to contend for a spot on a college team. He also wants to play in the state tournament.

“Every class wants to do that,” he said.

The team’s next step is at 7:30 p.m. today against St. James Academy.

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