Basehor-Linwood boys fend off Turner Friday
Basehor-Linwood defeated Turner 85-60 on Friday night for the team’s second consecutive win.
Four players scored in double figures in the game.
Chase Younger, Basehor-Linwood’s ascending sophomore guard led all scorers with 21 points. Colin Murphy scored 18 points and Ryan Murphy finished with 16 points. Ben Johnson, who was hampered with foul trouble much of the game, scored 10 points.
The players combined for 65 of the team’s 85 points on a night when the Bobcats functioned well as a basketball team.
“I thought we had good effort all night long,” coach Mike McBride said.
McBride said the team is getting closer to playing a complete 32 minutes of basketball, which he has discussed all season as being the team's goal.
“I thought we played well in the first half and had 16 good minutes,” he said. “In the second half, we got into some trouble in the third quarter and that kind of took away our energy a little bit. We probably had 26 good minutes tonight.”
McBride said the team is further along in that respect than last year’s team and players are working to improve and get ready for the stretch run.
Basehor-Linwood used an 11-4 run in the first quarter to take a 20-12 lead into the second quarter. The team’s offense was balanced with the aforementioned four pack averaged five points in the quarter. Turner tried to counter with freshman Will McKnight who scored six points in the quarter and finished with 20 points in the game.
In the second quarter, Basehor-Linwood outscored Turner 23-13. Younger and Murphy each scored six points in the quarter. Younger had 13 points at halftime and was really a catalyst for the Bobcats in the game.
Younger was able to dribble inside the lane against Turner defenders and force opponents to come off and help against him. At that point, the sophomore either hit the layup, missed the shot or dished off for an assist. The Bobcats scored a lot of points off offensive rebounds in the game.
“Every possession is so big right now that we have to go after the boards,” McBride said.
Turner hung around in the third quarter, outscoring Basehor-Linwood 19-17 while Ryan Murphy had six points in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood outscored Turner 24-14 en route to the victory. Offense flowed easily for the Bobcats in the half. Younger had six points and Colin Murphy and seven points.
The team’s starters subbed out with two minutes to play in the game.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood now prepares to play host to Bishop Ward on Tuesday.
“Right now, we are further ahead than we were last year at this team,” he said. “I was pleased with how we played tonight.