Basehor-Linwood boys throttle Olathe East
Basehor-Linwood players talked about wanting to beat Olathe East and eliminate the dull pain that losing by double digits to the Hawks last season left.
Players wanted to avenge four previous losses to the Hawks in the Emporia Invitational. Colin Murphy said it was difficult losing to them.
“It leaves a sour taste in a person’s mouth,” Colin Murphy said after last week’s game against Tonganoxie.
It should be gone now.
Basehor-Linwood defeated Olathe East 71-57 on Friday in a game where the Bobcats matched Olathe East’s speed and never trailed.
The Bobcats opened the game on an 18-5 run and never relinquished control.
Olathe East missed three foul shots and Basehor-Linwood’s Ryan O’Donnell grabbed all three rebounds. He pushed the ball going the other direction, leading the Bobcats on the early run. Basehor-Linwood was successful at running against a team that likes to play a fast-paced style of basketball.
Basehor-Linwood’s early run was the result of good defense. Coach Mike McBride praised his team’s ability to defend the entire floor as being crucial to wining the game. Players didn’t give Olathe East many open looks at the basket.
“We played phenomenal defense as a team all night long,” he said. “It was one of the best defensive efforts that I have ever coached.”
The performance came against Olathe East, a team ranked No. 6 in the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Super 10 poll. Basehor-Linwood was ranked No. 9 in the poll.
Following the first quarter shellacking, Olathe East outscored Basehor-Linwood 18-17 in the second quarter. The halftime score was 35-23.
McBride said his team didn’t let up on its intensity in the third quarter. When it looked like Olathe East was going to try to make a run, his team answered. They did throughout the game, specifically limiting the open shots that players took on the basket.
Olathe East made just seven shots from 3-point range.
Colin Murphy led the Bobcats with 22 points, making 12 of 22 foul shots. Ryan Murphy scored 12 points and Ryan O’Donnell scored 11 points. Austin Stubbs scored 11 points and Evan Theno finished with 7 points.
Basehor-Linwood scored 71 points by making just seven 3-pointers. The Bobcats also were 23 of 35 from the foul line.
“We played with great energy and focus,” McBride said. “We had great individual effort and we have to keep going and working to get better. We want to win a state championship. We can’t think this is the end of our season.”
Basehor-Linwood plays Word of Life at 1:30 p.m. today in the Emporia Invitational Championship game.