Basehor-Linwood boys frustrated after another loss to Lansing
Late February isn’t the time of year high school basketball teams want to be trying to find their way, but that’s exactly what’s happening to the Basehor-Linwood boys.
The Bobcats rolled to 10 straight victories to start the season, but since then they’ve won just five out of eight — including back-to-back home losses.
BLHS lost Tuesday at home to Mill Valley, and the Bobcats fell again on Friday to Lansing, 49-45.
BLHS coach Mike McBride was visibly frustrated after the loss, but he said that frustration was directed both at himself and his squad’s recent performances.
“I’m starting to see some of the things I did this year, because right now we have five or six guys on the floor who think they’re the man and they want to score,” McBride said. “We’ve gotten away from going through the twins (Colin and Ryan Murphy) and we don’t run an offense. I’ll bet we’re playing defense against these teams in our league that have finally decided they can’t run with us … we’re probably playing defense for 20 minutes, they’re playing defense for 12. That’s hard to win. That’s not Basehor basketball.
“We usually execute, run the offense, run the offense, run the offense. We’re not doing that.”
The Bobcats were sharp early. Colin Murphy was whistled for a charging foul on the first possession, but after that BLHS unleashed a 15-5 run to start the game. It began with a three-point play by Ben Johnson and concluded with a 3-pointer from Austin Laing.
At that point, the packed crowd was roaring and it looked like the Bobcats were ready to run away with the game.
The poised Lions answered, however. Lucas Mein slashed down the lane for a layup. Then, after BLHS missed two shots and Laing was whistled for a charge, Lansing scored again on a put-back by Kaleb McQuillan and the Lions pulled within 15-9 after one quarter.
Colin Murphy missed a layup early in the second quarter, and Colby Gwartney took the ball the other way for a layup as the Lions pulled within four. The teams traded buckets the rest of the quarter, and BLHS led 21-17 at halftime.
“The only time we ran the offense tonight was when we got tired in the second quarter and they got that run,” McBride said. “We started scoring layups in the second quarter, but that’s because we were too tired to go one-on-one or one-on-four or whatever we wre trying to do. Some of it’s me, some of it’s them. The coaches and players together have got to figure out how to start moving the ball.”
Lansing made its first five field goals of the third quarter and used a 10-2 run to take a 27-23 lead during the first four minutes. Chris Jones scored six points during that run, and Calvin Schneider dished a pair of assists on lobs over the top of the defense.
BLHS responded with a layup by Ryan Murphy and a layup by Colin Murphy off of a driving dish by Ryan O’Donnell to tie the game at 27-27, but the Bobcats never reclaimed the lead.
A free throw by Jones put LHS ahead by one late in the third quarter. After Colin Murphy missed a pair of free throws with 5.8 seconds left, Gwartney drove the other way and lofted a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer that swished through the net for a 31-27 Lansing lead.
Laing drove coast-to-coast for a layup early in the fourth quarter and brought Basehor-Linwood back within two, but Lansing went on a 6-1 run and built a 37-30 lead with 6:14 to go.
BLHS twice cut the deficit to three, but each time Lansing answered with a bucket.
It looked like the Lions would deliver the final dagger with less than two and a half minutes to go when McQuillan stole the ball and fed it ahead to Izaiah Grice. Grice went up for a one-handed dunk and slammed the ball off the back of the rim. The missed jam led to a BLHS break the other way and Evan Theno promptly buried a 3-pointer from the right corner.
The Bobcats trailed just 41-39 and they had the momentum.
Fresh out of a timeout, Gwartney drove down the lane and used a bounce pass to set up Grice for a layup. BLHS turned the ball over on the next possession.
The Bobcats managed to pull within 44-42 on a pair of free throws by Ben Johnson with 45.3 seconds to go, but Gwartney hit a free throw and Schneider knocked down two more to rebuild the lead.
Colin Murphy swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 9 seconds left and brought Basehor-Linwood within 47-45, but Cole Young swished two more free throws and secured the victory for Lansing.
Lansing improved to 14-4 overall and 11-1 in the Kaw Valley League. Young led the Lions with 11 points, Jones had 7 and Grice and Gwartney scored 6 apiece.
Colin Murphy led BLHS with 13 points, Johnson scored 9, Ryan Murphy had 8 and Evan Theno added 7. The Bobcats dropped to 15-3 overall and 9-3 in the league.
Basehor-Linwood next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Turner before closing out the regular season Friday at Bonner Springs.