McBride collects 200th career victory as BLHS boys blow out Bishop Ward
Basehor-Linwood boys basketball coach Mike McBride won his 200th game Tuesday night in a 54-37 victory at Bishop Ward.
The game will serve as a footnote in his career, and perhaps the answer to a trivia question in another 10 years when he passes another milestone.
Still, it is a little humbling for McBride.
“Thirteen years ago, if you would have told me I would get 200 wins, back then I would have laughed at you,” he said. “I was 25 years old with not a lot of confidence in what I was doing. I just wanted to help these young kids get better, and I just enjoy helping these kids get better. It is still that way.”
McBride is 200-112 overall in his coaching career.
Here is another note: McBride went 9-18 in his first year of coaching high school basketball at Licking High School. He has lost 19 total games in the last five years.
He has led the team to multiple Kaw Valley League titles and a Class 4A state championship.
A lot of the games have been similar to Tuesday’s double-digit victory against Bishop Ward.
The game was never really in doubt. The Bobcats dominated the first quarter with a game-opening 14-4 run. BLHS led 26-7 at halftime.
Bishop Ward made just three field goals in the first half.
Basehor-Linwood failed to extend the lead much in the second half. Bishop Ward played a defense that stacked the lane against the Bobcats and dared them to shoot. McBride challenged his team to take 15-foot shots against the defense.
He said it was good to see a triangle-and-two defense during the regular season, because it is similar to the type of defense they might run into during the postseason.
“We practice against that type of defense, but then we get into a game and it is like, ‘Oh no! Here we go,’” he said. “We fought through it a little bit.”
Ryan Murphy led the Bobcats with 14 points, Ryan O’Donnell had 9 and Ben Johnson added 8.
CJ Vallejo led the Cyclones with 17 points.
Basehor-Linwood (13-1 overall, 7-1 KVL) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Piper. The Bobcats play at home Monday against Bonner Springs (9-3, 4-3) and again Tuesday against Mill Valley (8-7, 6-2).