BLHS boys regroup in Senior Night victory
The Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team desperately needed to kick a two-game losing streak, and Senior Night Tuesday against visiting Turner was the perfect opportunity.
The Bobcats bounced back from losses to Mill Valley and Lansing last week by crushing Turner, 62-32, Tuesday at home.
BLHS coach Mike McBride said the team is rediscovering some things regarding it’s approach to the game. He said the team played one good quarter against Lansing last Friday and played two against Turner.
McBride said he hopes for three good quarters against Bonner Springs on Friday and that the team can be playing quality basketball for next week’s substate tournament.
There were positive signs against the Bears.
Colin Murphy scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter. He was aggressive going to the rim and routinely made things happen. He created a lot of opportunities, playing the type of game the Bobcats would like from him. He made five consecutive field goals during the late stretch.
“Yes, definitely,” McBride said. “Now, if I can just get Ryan (Murphy) there. Those two have to be ready to drop 40 points.”
In general, the team’s offense was another positive sign.
“We started running our offense and got back to doing what we were good at,” McBride said.
The Bobcats were able to pass the ball multiple times on possessions, working the ball inside for good shots. At times, the team passed on open jump shots in favor of layups.
The Bobcats started the game on a 10-0 run and were in control throughout.
After an even third quarter, BLHS forced a running clock in the fourth.
BLHS was able to score baskets in transition and off turnovers. While Colin Murphy scored 25 points, Ryan Murphy finished with 13.
Also for BLHS, Ben Johnson scored 8 points, Evan Theno had 5, Steyr Stubenrauch had 4, Austin Laing scored 3 and Ryan O’Donnell added 2.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to 16-3 on the season. The will be the No. 2 seed in the substate tournament after losing a tiebreaker to Sumner Academy (16-3).
BLHS will face Piper (4-13) on Monday at home in the first round of substate.