February 15, 2012, 5:06 p.m. Updated: 16 February 2012, 12:00 a.m.
It’s been three weeks since Lansing’s Izaiah Grice drained a decisive 3-pointer, since Colin Murphy was called for a controversial foul, since the Bobcats couldn’t get a foul to stop the clock and since Basehor-Linwood lost its last game.
Sure, the boys have said they didn’t have Friday’s rematch circled on their calendar, that they’ve been taking it one game at a time, but now the biggest rematch of the KVL season is upon us. At 7:30 p.m. Basehor-Linwood will look to return the favor at 15-1 Lansing and grab a share of first place in the league.
The only thing slowing Ryan Murphy on Tuesday was a bloody jersey.
After getting nicked on a play in third quarter, Murphy had to swap from his usual No. 1 jersey to a No. 40.
The number alteration didn’t matter much as Murphy’s game-high 29 points, with most of them inside of the paint, led Basehor-Linwood (14-3, 10-1) to a 87-54 victory against Mill Valley.
“Last time we played them I kind of felt like we got away from that,” Murphy said. “We just wanted to force it inside and get easy layups.”
Coming into Tuesday’s game Murphy has something to prove after his previous performance against Piper.
“He wasn’t very happy so he was going to take over tonight,” Basehor-Linwood coach Mike McBride said. “That’s what he said coming out of the locker room. The coaching staff was laughing a little bit about it, but obviously he wasn’t kidding around.”
The other part of the twin tandem, Colin Murphy finished with 20 points despite suffering his fourth foul with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter. Earlier in the quarter, the Bobcats other 6-foot-5 starter, junior Ben Johnson also picked up his fourth.
Regardless of the foul trouble, Mill Valley (9-8, 7-4) had trouble matching the physicality of Basehor’s big men.
“They put those three kids in the paint on rebounds, we’re just getting pushed out of the way and we’re just not able to establish any position,” Mill Valley coach Justin Bogart said.
However, having Murphy and Johnson on the bench did not deter McBride and Basehor-Linwood. Throughout this season he’s gotten more confidence in bringing players off the bench.
“I have no fear in adding those other kids into the mix now, and that’s the nice thing,” he said. “You miss the size a little bit, but now we all understand the offense. We understand what were doing. We know where we’re going.”
Another player who’s allowed the Bobcats to extend their offense is sophomore Chase Younger who’s emerged as a scoring threat alongside the Murphy’s. Younger racked up 15 points against the Jaguars.
McBride said Younger is a player that can break down defenses and shoot threes.
At times in the first half the game remained in reach for Mill Valley.
The Jaguars only trailed the Bobcats by eight points at one point in the second quarter.
However, coming out of the locker room for the second half, it appeared clear that the Bobcarts, and the Murphy twins, remained in control.
The two scored the first six points of the third quarter and helped widen the lead to 22 points entering the final period.
Now at 14-3 on the season, Basehor hopes it will maintain its push forward toward another 4A state title, something it hasn’t accomplished since 2009.
Nonetheless, McBride and the rest of the coaching staff have shown belief in his players, and believes he has the right group to make a run in March.
“I think we’ve found the right mix and everybody is playing with a lot of confidence right now,” McBride said.
Junior forward Nathan Stacy led the Jaguars with 20 points on the night.
The Bobcats play next at Lansing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Mill Valley will host Piper at 7:30 p.m., Friday.
Girls: Mill Valley 44, Basehor-Linwood 36
The Jaguars extended their 14-game winning streak with a victory against Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday.
With Mill Valley’s normal sharpshooter junior Tanner Tripp having an off night, the team had to rely on some other players including junior point guard MacKenzie Conklin who chipped in 10 points.
“I’m just proud of them about how they battled and how they found a way to get it done,” Mill Valley coach John McFall said.
It was not an easy task for the Jaguars. They had to hold off Basehor-Linwood senior forward Bailey Hooker who came on strong in the second half with 11 points.
“Bailey’s doing a really good job the last four or five games,” McFall said. “Tonight we just looked for her a little more. We made some great passes.”
The biggest factor in the game came down to the Bobcats’ ability to break their opponents full court press.
The team has improved, but unfortunately not enough to pull off the upset over the one of the top-ranked teams in the Kaw Valley League.
“At times we broke the press as good as any team I’ve coached in five years and at other times we broke it like we’ve never played basketball,” Simpson said. “So we’ve got to try to minimize the mistakes,” Basehor-Linwood coach Noah Simpson said.
At 8-9 on the season, the Bobcats aren’t worrying about their overall record, instead turning their focus on 4A sub-state.
“I’ve tried to convince them not to worry about the record,” Simpson said.
For Mill Valley, it’s the same attitude it’s had the whole year: Focus on the next opponent.
“We’re getting to the point where we’re going to get people’s best shot,” McFall said.
Basehor-Linwood plays next at Lansing at 6 p.m. on Friday. Mill Valley (14-3) will host Piper at 6 p.m. Friday.
Originally published at: http://www.basehorinfo.com/news/2012/feb/15/basehor-linwood-boys-win-big-girls-lose-second-str/