Free throws help BLHS boys hold off De Soto
Austin Stubbs displayed a coolness shooting the basketball Thursday in the opening round of the Emporia Invitational.
Stubbs went to the foul line with a minute left to play and the Bobcats leading by 2 points. He made a pair of free throws to give his team a 4-point lead.
“They were huge foul shots. (He’s) a kid that has been a role player for us, all of a sudden it is up to him,” coach Mike McBride said. “He didn’t touch the rim on the first two.”
Stubbs’ shots were the first two of six consecutive free throws the team made in the final minute of play to win the game 63-55 over De Soto. De Soto was forced to foul Stubbs again, and he made two more free throws. Evan Theno also made two more to help seal the victory.
While the late free throws put the lead out of reach, Basehor-Linwood led the entire game but could not ever really put De Soto away. Numerous times the Bobcats pushed their lead to 10 points, but De Soto would go on a scoring run and close the gap.
The Bobcats didn’t play well to start the fourth quarter. They made mental mistakes and errors during that stretch, which allowed De Soto to cut into the lead. While he didn’t like the way his team was playing, McBride said he was pleased with how the Bobcats responded on defense.
“The nice thing was we were stagnant all night long, but we buckled down and played defense when we needed to,” he said. “We made stops when we had to make stops.”
On offense, Ryan Murphy led the team with 22 points and Colin Murphy scored 12 points. Theno had 10 points and Stubbs finished with 8.
Basehor-Linwood plays Olathe East at 6 p.m. today in the second round of the Emporia Invitational.