Basehor-Linwood boys receive much needed rest during break
Basehor-Linwood boys basketball players received a well deserved rest during winter break.
The Bobcat players had participated in summer practices and played in leagues leading up to the school year. Many of them had been through a rugged football season and first semester of school.
During December, the Bobcats rolled through four games in a span of about 130 hours, which included winning the Emporia Invitational.
After a blowout win against Piper, BLHS coach Mike McBride gave his players time off for the holidays. He is pleased with how they have returned after the break.
“I thought they came back refreshed and ready to go,” he said. “We worked on rebounding, because we were giving up a lot of offensive rebounds. We continue to work on chemistry, ball handling and other things.”
McBride implemented new offenses and defenses, which may prove to be beneficial later in the season. The Bobcats also discussed possible substate opponents and began initial preparations for them. With time off from games, it was a chance for the team to spend time planning in generalities rather than for a specific opponent.
“We talked to the kids about a couple teams in substate over break,” McBride said. “Today, though, it is a one-game-at- a-time mentality. We need to kick substate out of our minds for a while, and think about it when it gets closer again.”
The Bobcats will play most Tuesday and Friday nights through the end of February, and McBride said he expects his squad to face many tests in the final three quarters of the regular season.
“I am sure we will see different defenses, zones and junk defenses or whatever else,” he said. “Hopefully we see a lot of different things so we can work on them throughout the year.”
Basehor-Linwood has a busy league schedule coming up. BLHS plays Bishop Ward at 7 p.m. Friday at home and then plays host to Bonner Springs on Tuesday. After that is a road game against Mill Valley on Friday, Jan. 14.
In addition to the Kaw Valley League games, Basehor-Linwood will play host to its home tournament beginning Jan. 17.
While players and coaches begin looking ahead, the following is a look at the team’s stats leaders early in the season.
Colin Murphy is leading BLHS with an average of 16.2 points per game. Of the Bobcats’ starting five, the lowest average is 7.4 points per game
Ryan Murphy is leading the Bobcats in rebounds with 7.8 per game. Evan Theno is leading BLHS in assists.