Showdown with Bonner Springs looms as Basehor-Linwood, Bobcats avoid trap Tuesday
Coming off a big win against Lansing on Friday and looking toward Substate play next week, the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team avoided overlooking Turner on Tuesday night, winning 75-56.
The Bobcats led by double digits most of the night. Coach Mike McBride said his team took care of business against Turner.
“Yeah, it was a bit of a trap game for us tonight,” he said. “Obviously we had a lot on the line last week and going into substate next week.”
He said the Bobcats played hard and focused, and that the team took another step toward substate play next week.
“We played pretty good and we got ready for next game,” he said.
The Bobcats were in control throughout much of the game as Turner did not have many answers for Basehor-Linwood’s interior players Ryan and Colin Murphy and Ben Johnson.
Ryan Murphy finished the game with 24 points and Colin Murphy had 18 points. Johnsonscored 15 points.
Guard Chase Younger finished with 14 points.
The Bobcats started the game on a 13-2 run and led 19-13 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears rallied with a 13-6 lead to end the quarter and showed grit at times.
The score was 21-15 in the second quarter before Basehor-Linwood closed out the half on a 16-6 run. Ryan Murphy scored eight points in the half and Johnson had seven points.
In the second half, the two teams exchanged mini six-point runs in the third quarter. Johnson stole and dunked the basketball to give the team a 48-26 lead. He picked up his third foul a play later. The Bobcats maintained a 20-point lead the rest of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bears cut the lead to 15 points at one point, but the Bobcats answered and finished with a 19-point victory. Basehor-Linwood starters subbed out late in the game and seven different players scored for the team in the game. Ryan Shaffer and Brad Waterman each finished with two points. Tim Sanders also scored two points.
Turner was led in scoring by a trio of three players who finished in double figures. Eric Dougherty scored 13 points, Jayon Washinton scored 11 points and Will McKnight finished with 10 points. De’Andre Frank scored seven points.
With the win, Basehor-Linwood improves to 16-3 on the season and is likely to be a No. 2 seed when substate play begins next week.
Entering the night, the Bobcats had a real possibility of clinching a No. 1 seed but needed a few breaks to go their way.
But Topeka-Hayden defeated Washburn Rural on Tuesday and owned the tiebreaker over Basehor-Linwood based off a victory earlier this season.
With the No. 2 seed, Basehor-Linwood will play host to a first round substate game on Tuesday. The opponent will be determined when substate seedings are released. The win also sets a senior night that should be memorable as twins Ryan and Colin Murphy will be among those honored in the year’s class.
The twins, each of which has scored more than 1,000 points in their careers, will be honored along with the other seniors before the game. The other seniors on the team include Ryan Shaffer and Brad Waterman.
Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., but may vary depending on the duration of the girls game, which begins at 6 p.m.