Murphys are dangerous combination as Basehor boys knock out Cyclones
Members of the Basehor-Linwood boys’ basketball team found their proverbial footing against Bishop Ward Tuesday with a 70-37 victory at BLHS.
The Bobcats had waited a week to play a game after losing to Sumner Academy in their first game back from winter break.
Following the loss, they were unable to practice for three days after snowstorms forced school to be canceled for three straight days.
The team’s game last Friday at Mill Valley was postponed. Players returned to practice Saturday, and coach Mike McBride had changes in mind that he wanted to implement.
The Bobcats spent the next two days adapting to the changes, and they appeared to have them down against Bishop Ward.
Basehor-Linwood trailed 7-1 early in the first quarter, but took control of the game with a 15-0 run to close it out.
The Bobcats continued rolling in the second quarter and led 36-19 at halftime.
Ryan Murphy had 10 points in the first half. Colin Murphy scored 9 points in the half and finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.
A point of emphasis for the Murphy twins was to be aggressive and get shots near the rim, which they didn’t do a lot against Sumner Academy, McBride said.
“They got to the rim a lot of times,” he said. “The twins’ goal right now is to get six foul shots a game. Both of them attacked well.”
In the backcourt, Evan Theno had 8 points in the half, drilling a pair of 3-point shots.
“He is on fire right now shooting the ball,” McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood maintained its lead in the third quarter. Colin Murphy scored 9 points and was five-of-six from the foul line. The Bobcats outscored Bishop Ward 14-12 in the third quarter and continued to maintain the lead.
Basehor-Linwood led by 30 points in the fourth quarter.
On defense, the Bobcats did not allow a Bishop Ward player to score in double figures.
With all the changes, at times it didn’t seem as if Basehor-Linwood played at the same speed it typically does. Bishop Ward played a slow tempo of basketball, which at times took Basehor-Linwood out of its rhythm. McBride said it might take his team a little while to implement the changes and play at a high speed because players might be thinking a lot about their roles and responsibilities.
Basehor-Linwood will look to build on its victory when it plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bonner Springs.
“We have to take care of the ball and go to the hole against them,” McBride said. “We have to handle their press.”