Sumner tops Basehor boys for substate title
Kansas City, Kan. Basehor-Linwood fans held up signs in the stands to encourage their boys basketball team Saturday.
Sumner beats BLHS boys in substate finals
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The signs read things like, “Want it,” and “Go Big Green.”
The white signs dotted the sea of green that enveloped half of the Piper High School gymnasium for the boys basketball substate championship game.
While the Bobcats never quit trying, played with desire and wanted to win, they just didn’t have enough answers for Sumner Academy in a 61-51 loss.
The loss ended the Bobcats’ season with an 18-4 record.
“It always is tough. This is a good group of seniors, and a great group of kids,” BLHS coach Mike McBride said.
Colin Murphy led the Bobcats with 17 points. Evan Theno finished with 12 points and Ryan Murphy had 10 points.
Sumner Academy had three players score in double figures. Elijah Alexander and Marcus Allen led the Sabres with 18 points apiece and Vernon Vaughn finished with 12.
The trio led the Sabres on numerous runs, helping them dictate the pace of the game.
Basehor-Linwood led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. Theno led the Bobcats with five points in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bobcats led 18-17 at one point, but Sumner went on a 12-2 run and opened up a comfortable lead. Basehor-Linwood missed a lot of shots and turned the ball over. Benjamin Parker buried a pair of 3-pointers for the Sabres during that stretch.Late in the half, Basehor-Linwood went on a 4-0 run but Sumner led 31-25 at halftime.
In the second half, Sumner Academy started on a 9-0 run and led 40-25. Basehor-Linwood missed shots and committed turnovers during the run.
“I thought we would come out differently in the third quarter. We ended the second quarter playing good with a couple baskets, and I thought we would come out and get after it,” McBride said. “But we came out flat.”
Theo hit a 3-pointer that snapped Sumner’s run.
Alexander fueled the Sabres with eight points in the quarter. Sumner led by 14 points late in the third quarter before Ryan Murphy made three consecutive field goals. The score was 44-36 entering the fourth quarter.
Sumner Academy built a 14-point lead later in the fourth quarter. BLHS cut the lead to 10 points with a Colin Murphy 3-pointer. He made another 3-pointer late in the quarter, but Sumner went on to win the game.
“My teams never quit trying,” McBride said.” There is a mutual respect among us and they are never going to quit.”
The Bobcats ended the season against Sumner in the substate finals for the second straight year.