O’Donnell, BLHS boys crush Piper
Ryan O’Donnell dunked over a Piper player midway through the third quarter on Tuesday at BLHS.
The Basehor-Linwood senior caught the ball in transition and went up and stuffed the ball while drawing a foul.
He then walked to the free throw line with a grin on his face. O’Donnell’s ensuing free throw put the Bobcats ahead by 29 points, and they went on to sink the Pirates, 60-31.
O’Donnell’s dunk was indicative of the team’s performance in which the Bobcats seemed a speed ahead of Piper throughout the game. BLHS held Piper to an average of 6.5 points per quarter.
Coach Mike McBride said he was pleased with the team’s intensity.
“We want to play that hard every night, but hopefully we can shoot it a little better,” he said.
Basehor-Linwood led 50-20 at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. The Bobcats subbed the majority of their starters in the fourth quarter after three quarters of dominating inside play.
Basehor-Linwood’s interior players were the difference in the game, winning the rebounding battle on both ends of the floor. The team’s post players scored numerous points in the paint after receiving nice passes inside, as well as on second-chance layups after missed shots.
Colin Murphy finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. Ryan O’Donnell scored 12 points, Austin Stubbs scored 12 points and Ryan Murphy finished with 10 points.
“The interior guys did a good job. They were bigger and stronger,” McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood was in control from the opening tip. The score was 17-6 at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats built a 36-9 in the second quarter before Piper closed out the half with a 5-0 run. The score was 36-14 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Basehor-Linwood started on a 10-2 run that was highlighted by O’Donnell’s dunk.
The victory was the Bobcats’ fourth in 130 hours. They won three games last week at the Emporia Invitational.
The Bobcats are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Kaw Valley League. They are ranked No. 6 in the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Super 10 poll.
While the team is off to a fast start this season, McBride said winter break comes at a good time.
The Bobcats have played a lot of basketball between the summer schedule and the early-season slate, and they have had a hectic first semester with fall sports and academics. The semester break will allow the team a chance to regroup and relax. The team plays again on Jan. 7.