Bobcats rout Lions, stay perfect in KVL
Lansing Basehor-Linwood looked comfortable with a 12-point lead in the second half against Lansing on Friday when players elevated their performances on the floor.
What followed was a dominating third- and fourth-quarter performance, leading to a 67-32 victory at LHS.
While the score was 32-20 at halftime, Basehor-Linwood coaches challenged the players to make one more run and ice the basketball game.
“We thought that if we put one run on them they would let down,” coach Mike McBride said.
In the third quarter, the Bobcats stepped up the pace, forced turnovers on defense and grabbed rebounds off missed shots. On offense, the Bobcats started making the majority of their shots.
With the score 36-26, Richie O’Donnell grabbed consecutive rebounds off missed shots and was fouled on the second attempt. He went to the line and drilled two foul shots. The Bobcats forced a turnover and scored when Ryan Murphy tapped in a shoot that looked like a botched alley-oop attempt.
Lansing scored on its next possession, but Basehor-Linwood closed out the quarter with a 10-0 run.
The dominance continued into the fourth quarter as the Bobcats built a 30-point lead with 4:45 to go. With the game in hand, McBride emptied the bench and give the players a chance to enjoy the victory.
Ryan Murphy and Colin Murphy subbed out of the game. The twin brothers had dominated parts of the game.
Colin Murphy made a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 23 points. Ryan Murphy scored 13 points.
“They are finally starting to figure out they can dominate a game at the high school level,” McBride said. “It is fun to watch. When we play Ryan on the inside and Colin on the outside playing like they are we are tough to beat.”
The Bobcats also received a strong scoring contribution from O’Donnell who scored eight points and was aggressive playing against the Lions. He attended LHS as a freshman and sophomore and said it was nice to get a victory in his final basketball game against his former team.
“I have a lot of friends over there so it is kind of a rivalry,” he said.
Basehor-Linwood remains undefeated in Kaw Valley League play and focused on substate and other end-of-season goals. The team’s chemistry seems to be where McBride wants it at this point in the season.
“It has been better the last couple weeks. The kids are working well together and we have a lot of positive energy right now,” he said.
The Bobcats will play a game that could determine the Kaw Valley League champion on Tuesday night when they travel to Santa Fe Trail.
BLHS is undefeated in KVL play and Santa Fe Trail enters with one loss in league play.
“We are excited to play it,” McBride said. “We have talked about trying to go and win every banner we can from here on out. That is the goal.”