BLHS boys make quick work of Ward
Kansas City, Kan. After expending an excessive amount of energy to defeat Sumner Academy on Wednesday, the Basehor-Linwood boys basketball team made easy work of Bishop Ward on Friday as the Bobcats beat the Cyclones 61-31 at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Focus from the beginning allowed the Bobcats to not mess around.
“We knew we weren’t going to have any legs after Wednesday,” BLHS coach Mike McBride said. “We strapped on pretty good for that game.
“I was pleased how we came ready to work. It wasn’t pretty all the time, our shots didn’t fall like they usually do, but we just kind of went to work. And that’s what we talked about. We have to get better.”
The Bobcats (5-1) blew the game open early by forcing the Cyclones to turn the ball over numerous times early. This allowed the Bobcats to open up an 18-7 lead after the first quarter.
Defensive intensity continued into the second quarter where BLHS only allowed Ward to score four points.
Basehor-Linwood’s strong defensive motor — along with length throughout the starting rotation — helps the Bobcats when they are in difficult positions.
“That’s how we play. We’re a lot better defensive team than people think we are,” McBride said. “We aren’t exceptionally quick at some spots, but we know how to help the helper, and we are long.”
Senior Brad Waterman proved to be one of the hot hands in the first half as he sank five shots and helped BLHS build a comfortable lead.
Senior Colin Murphy also was a threat as he scored baskets inside and also nailed a pair of 3-pointers en route to a game-high 18 points.
Sophomore Chase Younger added 13 points for the Bobcats, and McBride said the offensive success was a much-needed confidence boost for Younger.
“He finally had some fun shooting the ball,” McBride said.
McBride went deep on his bench in the second half once the lead was well in hand and used the final two quarters as an opportunity to develop his team’s depth before getting into the meat of the Kaw Valley League schedule.
“You get them in for the future here and you get them some confidence,” McBride said.
Bishop Ward’s Evan Brull was the Cyclones’ lone double-digit scorer with 12 points on the night.
Basehor-Linwood next plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bonner Springs.