Basehor-Linwood boys strike fast against PHS, roll to 69-33 victory
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Basehor-Linwood sophomore Caleb Hiss might have had flashbacks to his days a safety during football season on Tuesday night when he picked off an inbound pass from a Piper opponent.
Rather than darting for the end zone, however, this time Hiss planted his feet and heaved the basketball at the hoop with less than two seconds on the clock from behind the 3-point line. The ball went in the basket, epitomizing a game where everything went right for the Bobcats.
The bucket gave the Bobcats a 65-30 lead at the end of three quarters en route to a 69-33 victory. It was BLHS’s final tune-up before playing Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.
Against Piper, Basehor-Linwood was in control from start to finish, but the Bobcats’ best two quarters were the first and third.
The game was decided early with BLHS leading 16-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Seniors Ryan Murphy and Colin Murphy each scored six points in the quarter. Colin Murphy finished with a game-high 25 points and Ryan Murphy scored 17.
The Bobcats were effective at running their offense and scoring inside. On defense, BLHS forced numerous turnovers.
In the second quarter, the team’s defense lagged a little bit and the game had a more even flow to it. Basehor-Linwood outscored Piper 19-16 in the quarter.
Tyrone Jennings provided one of the few sparks for Piper. He had eight points in the first half, and he led the Pirates with 15 for the game.
Basehor-Linwood led 35-18 at intermission and then outscored Piper 30-12 in the third quarter to increase the lead to 65-30.
“In the second half we got our legs back under us a little bit and got more aggressive,” BLHS coach Mike McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood was balanced on offense in the third quarter. Colin Murphy scored 11 points, Ryan Murphy had seven and Tanner Garver drained a pair of 3-pointers as BLHS extended its lead. Hiss capped the scoring with his last-second 3-pointer.
McBride said he was pleased with how his team has shot the ball early in the season, and it should give the Bobcats numerous options for scoring as the season unfolds.
In the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood played a combination of starters and backups as the running clock ticked away.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to 2-0 on the season. The Bobcats will put their perfect record on the line against unbeaten Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge (5-0) on Saturday in the Bobcats’ first appearance in the Hy-Vee Shootout.