BLHS boys take down Lansing, 52-45
Basehor-Linwood earned a pivotal Kaw Valley League victory Tuesday with a 52-45 victory on the road at Lansing.
During the fourth quarter, Chandler Schaake hit a 3-pointer to give the Bobcats a 48-41 lead. The shot occurred at a time when Lansing was threatening to cut the lead.
“If he would have missed that, it would have been a different game,” coach Mike McBride said. “He hit a big senior three.”
The shot helped the Bobcats hang on in the basketball game despite missing eight foul shots down the stretch.
Schaake led BLHS with 10 points in what was a very balanced scoring attack for the Bobcats. All nine of the team’s players scored.
“Everyone came to play and had a pretty good night,” McBride said.
Lansing’s offense revolved around Cody Rush and Curtis Beal who each scored 16 points.
They Lions jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first quarter.
“I told our guys going in, ‘Let’s take that first punch they will give us. When we are nine deep, they have to keep that intensity up for 32 minutes,” McBride said.
After the Lions’ early run, the Bobcats trailed 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, BLHS went on a mini run and led 28-24 at half.
Basehor-Linwood started the third quarter on a 6-0 run and led by 10 points.
“They kept fighting back and cut it to four points at one point in the fourth quarter,” McBride said.
But Schaake and Tanner Bowers’ 3-point shots essentially sealed the game.
With the victory, the Bobcats improved to 9-2 on the season and 4-0 in the KVL. The team won the game after winning the Basehor-Linwood Invitational Basketball Tournament, which included victories against St. James Academy and Park Hill High School.
The Bobcats played Mill Valley at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. To read about that game, go to basehorinfo.com.
“We have had a tough stretch here,” McBride said. “If we could find a way to win tonight, we know that we have a pretty mentally tough team. I told our guys, ‘Mill Valley wants to dethrone you. Find a way to win tonight. (If) something happens, and we don’t win, pick up the pieces and move on. It’s been a tough schedule.”