Mill Valley boys hold off Basehor-Linwood
Race for KVL title muddled after MVHS victory, Lansing’s loss to Tongie
The Mill Valley boys basketball team earned its biggest victory of the season — and biggest in recent years — Tuesday night at Basehor-Linwood.
The Jaguars built a lead during the first three quarters and showed the toughness to withstand a late Bobcat run to win the game 51-46.
Mill Valley’s victory, coupled with Lansing’s loss Tuesday at Tonganoxie, muddles up the Kaw Valley League race. LHS sits atop the standings, but MVHS and BLHS are one game back. The Bobcats will play Lansing on Friday, and Mill Valley still has a head-to-head meeting with Lansing next week.
The Jaguars made 6 of 8 free throws to ice the game in the fourth quarter.
“The kids were tough tonight,” MVHS coach Justin Bogart said. “This was our best game of the year. I have no complaints on what our kids did. We may be getting to where we need to be at the end of the season.”
Bogart praised guards J.J. Bebel and Sam Carroll for how they handled the ball throughout the game and dealt with the Bobcats’ pressure. Carroll scored 14 points, Nathan Stacy had 13 and Bebel added 12 in the victory.
The Jaguars dictated the tempo throughout the game. They passed the ball frequently on possessions to set up good shots. No matter what defense the Bobcats deployed, the Jaguars seemed to have an answer.
Over the course of numerous possessions, Basehor-Linwood defenders allowed Mill Valley players to get position and score. The Jaguars also won the battle for second-chance points.
If jubilee and high fives were the norm in the Mill Valley locker room, the atmosphere in the BLHS locker room area was quiet except for coach Mike McBride’s voice.
He spent a good deal of time talking with his team after the game. He felt his team played poorly most of the game.
“We played three and a half minutes of basketball tonight, and against Bonner (Monday) night we played all of 10 and a half minutes,” he said, referencing the Bobcats’ 65-64 victory against Bonner Springs. “We have to find that spark again.”
He isn’t sure what will motivate his players to perform better after the performance. At some point it is up to them, he said.
The Bobcats were at their best in the first quarter. Colin Murphy scored 10 points and propelled BLHS to an 18-16 lead. Mill Valley used a balanced offense and knocked down three 3-pointers to stay with the Bobcats.
Mill Valley continued to control the tempo in the second quarter, and the Jaguars outscored the Bobcats 11-2.
MVHS led 27-20 at halftime.
Mill Valley protected its lead by outscoring BLHS 11-9 in the third quarter.
Basehor-Linwood mounted a rally midway through the fourth quarter. Trailing 45-35, the Bobcats went on a 11-2 run to pull within 47-46. The Bobcats forced a turnover and Mill Valley missed a couple of free throws, but BLHS was unable to take the lead and the Jaguars hung on.
Colin Murphy scored seven points during the Bobcats’ late rally, and he finished with a game-high 24 points. Ben Johnson added 12 for BLHS.
Basehor-Linwood (15-2 overall, 9-2 KVL) next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Lansing (12-4, 9-1).
Mill Valley (10-7, 9-2) will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Piper.