Murphy’s 31 points lead Basehor-Linwood boys to victory against Bonner Springs
Based on schedule, the Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs boys are on pace to play important basketball games against one another later this season.
The schools will meet in the final game of the regular season at Basehor-Linwood High School. The two are also in the Class 4A Substate tournament, which will be played at Bonner Springs High School in late February.
Round one of the series, contested Tuesday night at BSHS, belonged to Basehor-Linwood as Ryan Murphy scored a season high 31 points and led Basehor-Linwood to a 68-61 victory in a game that was decided late in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats made defensive plays and connected on foul shots to win the game.
“The kids stepped up and hit free throws and it was nice to see the kids make plays on defense,” coach Mike McBride said.
The game was decided by the following sequence.
Trailing 63-58 after rallying from an eight point deficit, Bonner Springs BJ Watson drilled a 3-pointer to make it a 63-61 basketball game late in the fourth quarter.
Watson finished with 24 points in the basketball game.
The Bobcats were fouled on the next possession. At the line, Tanner Garver made the first of two foul shots giving Basehor-Linwood a 64-61 lead.
Bonner Springs missed a shot on its next possession and Basehor-Linwood took possession of the basketball. Murphy was fouled and made two free throws, giving the Bobcats a 66-61 lead late in the game. Bonner Springs attempted and missed 3-point shots on its next two possessions.
After the second possession, Garver went to the foul line and made both foul shots to give the team a 68-61 lead with less than 30 seconds left in the contest.
McBride said he was pleased with how his team finished the basketball game after failing to put the Braves away earlier in the basketball game.
Each time that Basehor-Linwood would build a six-to-eight point lead, Bonner Springs would rally. BJ Watson scored 24 points iand routinely made big shots when the Braves needed to stop Basehor-Linwood from opening up the score in the game. He scored 14 points in the first half, making nine-of-12 foul shots and helping the Braves match the Bobcats during the first half.
“BJ Watson is a guy that wants to play college basketball at the next level and steps up his game against good competition like it was tonight,” coach Andy Price said.
The score was 18-17 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was relatively even, and the Bobcats led 36-32 at intermission. Basehor-Linwood led 49-44 entering the fourth quarter and built eight point leads, but Bonner Springs never stopped attempting to rally.
Price’s team can take solace in playing close earlier in the year against Lansing and Basehor-Linwood on Tuesday. The two teams are ranked high in their prospective classes.
“Yeah, it is better than being blown out and they are two of the best teams in the state,” he said. “We have to get over that hump and not be satisfied with playing them close but be able to beat them. Tonight we played them close, but we made a lot of mistakes that are correctable. We can get better.”
The scorers in the game for Basehor-Linwood were Ben Johnson 13; Ryan Murphy 31; Colin Murphy, 11; Chase Younger 8; Tanner Garver 3; Brad Watterman 2.
The Braves were led by Watson who finished with 24 points. The team’s other scorers were Jordan Jackson, 5; JJ Jackson, 5; Brett Steuart, 8; Stevie Williams, 16; Franklin, 3.
The two teams are both in action Friday. Bonner Springs plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Turner in a game to raise money for cancer awareness. Basehor-Linwood plays at 7:30 p.m. at Mill Valley.