Younger's 24 lead resurgent Bobcat boys past Bishop Ward Tuesday

February 8, 2012, 1:51 p.m. Updated: 9 February 2012, 12:00 a.m.

Coach Mike McBride can sense that this year’s team is starting to get into postseason shape.

The team is getting better each game as it prepares for substate play later this month with players finding their ways into roles on the team.

Evidence came in the form of an 80-39 victory against Bishop Ward (2-12) on Tuesday. It wasn’t really the margin of victory that impressed McBride, but rather how the team played.

“Yeah, I mean a lot of teams take that game for granted and come out and relax,” he said. “We came out strong early on. The thing is, we were trying to work on what we needed to work on and get better. We had a lot of energy.”

Chase Younger led the Bobcats with 24 points and was a spark plug on offense throughout the game. The sophomore guard continues to open things up for the team’s interior post players, making it difficult for opponents to defend the Bobcats with a zone. He has been effective at slashing to the basket for points and also at making baskets from three-point range.

In addition, Ryan Murphy finished the game with 16 points and Ben Johnson scored 12 points. Colin Murphy finished with eight points.

Basehor-Linwood was in control of this game from the tip off.

The Bobcats led 11-2 early in the first quarter as Ryan Murphy set the tone for the game by scoring seven points early. He was the early leader for the Bobcats in the game. The team led 22-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Younger scored 11 points and the Bobcats outscored Bishop Ward 24-8. Tanner Garver drilled a three pointer as time expired and the score was 50-15 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Bishop Ward its best quarter of the game. The Cyclones outscored the Bobcats 21-18. C.J. Vallejo scored nine points in the quarter. He led the team with 16 points in the basketball game and was the only player to finish in double figures for the Cyclones.

Younger led the Bobcats with seven points in the quarter. Basehor-Linwood led 68-36 entering the fourth quarter of play and the running clock rule was instituted.

Ryan Murphy led the Bobcats with five points and the team outscored the Cyclones 12-3. Vallejo hit the lone trey for the Cyclones, finishing the game with 13 points.

Basehor-Linwood hosts Piper (3-13, 0-9) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The game will also feature the school's Courtwarming ceremony.

Among the students nominated are senior basketball players Ryan Murphy, Colin Murphy and Brad Waterman.

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