Theno powers BLHS boys past Ward
Evan Theno has spent the last two summers working diligently in the weight room.
For his weight class, he is one of the school’s top lifters. He has added muscle, built strength and improved his conditioning.
He is also a better basketball player and has improved immensely from his freshman and sophomore years.
Friday night at home he helped Basehor-Linwood run away from Bishop Ward in the form of a 71-23 victory.
Theno scored 19 points. He sank five 3-pointers and led the Bobcats in scoring.
He played a pivotal role in busting up Ward’s zone defense by making four treys in the first half.
“I credit my teammates out there, they kept feeding me the ball and it went in,” he said. “I have struggled shooting the ball early in the season, but tonight it felt good and I shot the ball well.”
He made his first trey early in the first quarter, giving the Bobcats a 9-0 lead right out of the gates. Bishop Ward called a timeout after the basket and then scored a layup on its next possession. The Bobcats never let up, however.
The Bobcats’ offense found ways to score baskets throughout the game. They also forced turnovers, taking Bishop Ward out of its offensive sets and stalling possessions.
As usual, Colin and Ryan Murphy were steady for the Bobcats, scoring 13 points each. They were the team’s other double-digit scorers and have been consistent all season.
The score was 17-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Bobcats led 38-14 at halftime. The team increased the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Bishop Ward 23-5. The score was 61-19 entering the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was played with Basehor-Linwood’s starters on the bench, and a running clock. Basehor-Linwood outscored Bishop Ward 10-4 in the quarter.
Basehor-Linwood had nine different players score.
On defense, the Bobcats stifled Bishop Ward allowing just eight field goals.
BLHS coach Mike McBride said the Cyclones played hard and posed a challenge with their zone defense in the first quarter.
“They played hard and got back and forth on defense,” he said. “They got us into working. We had to concentrate and work on moving the ball against them.”
Basehor-Linwood plays Bonner Springs on Tuesday.