Back on track: BLHS boys trounce Turner
Basehor-Linwood started to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Lansing last week.
Turner had the unenviable task of playing a Bobcats basketball team who was looking to take a week’s worth of frustration out on an opponent.
After Losing to Lansing, Basehor-Linwood did not practice until Thursday. Cold weather closed schools, postponing games and practices and left the Bobcats ready to get back on the court. The team also was eager to return the court with Colin Murphy who missed the Lansing game with an injury.
Basehor-Linwood dominated the first half and cruised to an 81-58 victory.
“We played well for about a half. I felt like we coasted a little bit in the second half, but we have a game tomorrow so maybe that is a good thing,” coach Mike McBride said.
The Bobcats started strong, leading 24-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats dictated what they wanted to do on offense. At times, they were successful at passing the ball around and eventually getting a layup. On other possessions, Basehor-Linwood guards drilled 3-pointers.
“We got back to moving the ball tonight,” McBride said. “We broke down a little bit last week and didn’t run a lot of offense against Lansing.”
Basehor-Linwood continued to outscore Turner in the second quarter, leading 45-24 at halftime.
Sophomore forward Ben Johnson scored six of his 12 points in the quarter. He was relentless inside throughout the game. Off of passes, he displayed an array of post moves that culminated with baskets.
“He got back into the paint tonight,” McBride said.
Basehor-Linwood was never challenged in the second half as Turner failed to mount a rally. While they didn’t ever get back into the game, the Bears did continue to battle and kept the 20-point deficit from expanding after intermission.
“They always play us tough here,” McBride said.
McBride said that play got more physical in the second half, and he was pleased with how his players did not let it bother them.
As a team, Basehor-Linwood forced numerous turnovers and kept Turner from accomplishing a lot on offense. Ryan and Colin Murphy scored 13 points to lead the Bobcats. Johnson scored 12 points and Austin Laing finished with 11 points. Evan Theno finished with 9 points.
With the win behind them, McBride said the team is on the path to playing better basketball.
“Yeah, it takes a while to bounce back. After KU lost to Texas, it took them a week or so to get in a grove and it might take us a week or two to get back to where we need to be,” he said.
Basehor-Linwood (11-1) plays at Tonganoxie at 5:30 p.m. today.