Second half effort lifts Braves past Cyclones
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — With its seeding for the Class 4A substate tournament already locked in, the Bonner Springs boys basketball team simply needed to use Tuesday’s game against Bishop Ward as a confidence builder.
BSHS coach Andy Price thought that happened in the second half of his squad’s 65-39 victory at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Price wasn’t too thrilled with the first half as the Braves built just a 23-20 lead.
“I’m glad the second half was the good half and the first half was the bad half so we could end on a good note,” Price said. “Give credit to (Ward’s) coaches and players, they had a good game plan and kind of destroyed our confidence and made us do things we didn’t want to do. In the second half, we attacked the basket a little bit better and hit some outside shots and got our confidence going better.”
The Braves led 9-7 after the first quarter despite not scoring for the first 4 1/2 minutes. They were never able to shake the Cyclones and led by three at halftime.
The Braves went on the attack early in the third quarter and took control. B.J. Watson drove to the lane and dished to Stevie Williams on the opening possession. Williams drew a foul and hit 1 of 2 free throw attempts. Moments later, Watson stole the ball and went the length of the court for a layup. Brett Steuart followed with a 17-foot jumper, and then Watson hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the lead ballooned to double digits.
BSHS then looked back to Williams off the dribble, giving the Braves production from both inside and outside. The lead was 42-33 after three quarters before the Braves closed on a 23-6 run.
Williams scored a game-high 21 points and Watson added 19.
Bonner Springs (13-5) was back in action Wednesday night against Piper. The Braves close the regular season Friday at home against Basehor-Linwood and then open Class 4A substate play Monday at home against Ward.