Up-tempo Sumner Academy sprints past Basehor boys
Sumner Academy won the early-season battle for Class 4A supremacy with a 22-point decision Tuesday over Basehor-Linwood.
In a game billed as two of the top teams in Class 4A boys basketball, Sumner proved too athletic and fast for the Bobcats to contain for four quarters.
The Sabres, with a three-pronged attack, scored 64 points in the second half en route to a 95-73 victory.
Davonte Chaney scored 22 points, Reese Holliday had 21 and Anthony White added 18 for the Sabres.
The game was played at a fast tempo that played to Sumner’s advantage, and Basehor-Linwood continued to run after leading 9-2 early in the first quarter.
BLHS led 18-17 at the end of the first quarter.
In retrospect, BLHS coach Mike McBride said he should have switched to an offense that forced Sumner to play defense for 30 seconds per possession, but he said he was confident his team could score enough points.
“They definitely are much more athletic than I thought they would be,” McBride said. “They took it to us. They punched us in the gut tonight, just taking the ball at us. They took the ball to the hole on us whenever they wanted to.”
The Sabres are a more athletic and fast team that the Bobcats have played this season, and McBride said it was difficult to simulate that type of speed in practice.
Sumner wore the Bobcats down and led 31-25 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Sabres led by 10 points at one point, but the two teams traded baskets on the next five possessions.
Sumner outscored Basehor-Linwood 29-22 in the third quarter and 35-26 in the fourth quarter to win the game.
On offense, Evan Theno led the Bobcats with six 3-pointers and 20 points.
Richie O’Donnell scored 18 points and Ryan Murphy finished the game with 15 points.
McBride said he is looking for a faster start from his team. Ryan Murphy, Colin Murphy and Jake Hattock combined for just five points in the first half, which was an uncharacteristic change for the Bobcats.
“You can’t win many games with that going on,” McBride said.
With the loss behind them, the Bobcats (4-2) will try to bounce back when they play at 7 p.m. Friday at Turner.
“That is what we talked about,” McBride said said. “We can use this loss in the right way. I have not had a team that has not responded in the next game we play after a loss.”