Archive for Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lansing hands BLHS boys first loss

January 29, 2011

— Perhaps this was bound to happen.

After passing seemingly every test they had faced thus far, winning two tournaments and battling tough competition along the way, the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team lost its first game Friday at Lansing.

Lansing outscored Basehor-Linwood 25-21 in the fourth quarter en route to a 58-49 victory.

The Lions were clutch from the free throw line, making 13 free throws in the last few minutes of the quarter to seal the game.

Basehor-Linwood trailed by a couple of possessions and was forced to foul. The Lions went to work making the majority of their free throws in the final minutes.

It was difference in a game where Basehor-Linwood struggled throughout.

Basehor-Linwood played without Colin Murphy and didn’t seem to have an answer for how to replace him. Coach Mike McBride said his team should have played better regardless of who was in the lineup.

He said the team didn’t come ready to play.

“We are a better team than that,” he said.

On offense, he wasn’t pleased.

“We just stood around. That is how we have been practicing lately. This should wake us up,” he said. “We had no movement.”

Ryan Murphy led the Bobcats with 15 points. Evan Theno scored 12 points and Ryan O’Donnell finished with 10 points.

The Bobcats started slow, scoring just 28 points in the first three quarters of the game before scoring 21 points in the final quarter.

Lansing led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.

LHS led 23-17 at halftime, and the Lions were successful at scoring points in the paint with Kaleb McQuillan scoring eight points. Izaiah Grice scored eight points in the second quarter with a pair of 3-pointers. The Lions played with a five-point lead most of the third and fourth quarter.

The third quarter was even between the two teams as both scored 11 points.

McQuaillan led the Lions with 20 points. He was part of an effective Lansing offense that routinely worked the ball inside for baskets and ran its offense successfully.

Basehor-Linwood will try to bounce back from its first loss of the season when it travels to Tonganoxie on Tuesday.

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