Basehor-Linwood boys survive late rally from Bonner Springs
The Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team entered the 2010-2011 season as the favorite to win the Kaw Valley League championship, but the Bobcats have had their share of challenges this season.
Their lone loss this season came to league rival Lansing, and the Bobcats currently sit in second place in the league standings behind the Lions.
Prior to that loss, Mill Valley gave the Bobcats a good scare in December.
On Monday, Bonner Springs came within a Hail Mary heave up knocking off the Bobcats at BLHS.
Basehor-Linwood won, 65-64.
Bonner Springs led 18-16 after the first quarter, but BLHS quickly jumped out front in the second quarter. The Bobcats stayed ahead the rest of the way, but never by much. They opened up five- and six-point leads, only to have the Braves pull back within two or three.
BLHS led 33-28 at halftime, and the Bobcats claimed a 48-41 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Once again, Bonner Springs chipped its way back before ultimately having to foul to stop the clock. BLHS made four straight free throws and took a 65-57 lead.
Juan Pichardo grabbed an offensive rebound, scored on a put-back and drew a foul late in the game. The Bobcats also were whistled for a technical foul on the play, and Pichardo sank the ensuing three free throws. Suddenly BSHS was within 65-62 with the ball.
“We tried to set up a play for a three, and it wasn’t there so we drove to the basket and got a two,” BSHS coach Andy Price said. “We didn’t have any timeouts so we couldn’t stop the clock. They finally stopped the clock with two seconds left, and J.J. (Jackson) deflected the inbounds pass.”
The deflection went to Pichardo, and his heave at the buzzer bounced off the backboard.
“It would have been an amazing comeback, but we played really good,” Price said. “They had control of the game the whole time. We couldn’t really stop them inside; they were just so big and physical inside.”
Pichardo led Bonner Springs with 24 points including four 3-pointers. B.J. Watson scored 12 and Brett Steuart added 7.
Ryan Murphy powered BLHS with 18 points, Colin Murphy scored 17, Ben Johnson had 13 and Ryan O’Donnell added 9.
The Bobcats improved to 15-1 overall and 9-1 in the Kaw Valley League. Bonner Springs dropped to 10-5 and 4-5.
Basehor-Linwood next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Mill Valley. Bonner Springs plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Turner.