Basehor-Linwood blows away Piper, stays in first place
The Bobcat Express that hopes to have stops at a league title, a substate championship and later Salina as a final destination picked up a little more speed Tuesday night as the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team dominated another Kaw Valley League opponent.
After defeating Mill Valley by 48 points on Friday, Basehor-Linwood defeated Piper 62-41 Tuesday at home on a night when the Pirates were playing without a complete squad.
“I felt like our energy was good tonight, and we played hard all night,” BLHS coach Mike McBride said. “When you play as well as we did Friday night and execute as good as we did, it can be difficult to repeat that performance, but we played well.”
Piper players missed the game for various reasons, and the Bobcats were able to control the game with them sidelined.
The score was 10-4 at the end of the first quarter as Colin Murphy drilled a pair of 3-pointers.
He drilled another 3-pointer late in the second quarter to give the Bobcats a 28-14 lead entering halftime. The Bobcats led by double digits the rest of the game.
The third quarter was basically even, and Piper never cut the lead to less than 12 points. The Bobcats’ post players controlled action in the paint throughout the quarter. Richie O’Donnell was impressive in the quarter, making field goals on consecutive possessions and going strong to the basket for layups.
Piper didn’t seem to have a player that could contain him underneath. Ryan Murphy also had a strong third quarter as he scored numerous times on second-chance shots.
“I thought our offensive rebounding was huge in the second half and made a big difference for us,” McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood led 44-31 at the end of the third quarter and built a 20-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Piper didn’t have many answers on offense. Possessions ended with missed baskets or turnovers. The closing minutes of the game became a question of what the margin of victory would be rather than the final score — specifically, could the Bobcats win by 20 points?
Colin Murphy drilled two foul shots to give the team a 62-39 lead as McBride emptied the bench. McBride said it was a solid performance.
“We went to work tonight. Our thing is one game at a time. Tonight it was not real pretty, but they took care of business,” he said.
Ryan Murphy led the Bobcats in scoring with 21 points. Colin Murphy scored 13 points including a trio of treys. Richie O’Donnell scored 10 points on a night when the Bobcats did whatever they pleased on offense.
With the victory, Basehor-Linwood improved to 8-0 in the Kaw Valley League and 13-2 overall. The Bobcats, winners of nine straight games, will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lansing and then travel Tuesday to Santa Fe Trail.
“The next two games will determine if we win the league or not,” McBride said. “They are very tough teams.”