Ryan's turn: Another Murphy milestone, BLHS advances to 'Bobcat' title game

January 19, 2012

Basehor-Linwood defeated Park Hill 75-43 on Thursday, advancing to Saturday's Bobcat Invitational championship game.

“Yes, we played exceptionally well tonight,” coach Mike McBride said. “I mean, there are things we can work on, but it feels like on the right path now. The guys know how they can play.”

The team played its most complete game of the season. The Bobcats started the game on a 12-0 run and never trailed. The score was 14-6 in the first half, and Basehor-Linwood extended the lead to 36-20 at halftime.

Early in the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood made a field goal to go up by 30 points. The rest of the game was played with a running clock.

Basehor-Linwood had four players in double figures.

Ryan Murphy scored 18 points, joining his brother Colin Murphy in the 1,000 career points club for the Bobcats. He had 985 points entering the game.

“He kind of took the accomplishment in stride and went about his business,” McBride said.

The other players to point in double figures were Colin Murphy, Ben Johnson and Chase Younger.

Younger joined the team’s three established scorers with a season-high 17 points in the win. McBride said Younger looked really comfortable playing basketball against Park Hill. Midway through the year, the sophomore appears to understand what he is looking for performance-wise and understands the system.

Tanner Garver also scored seven points for the Bobcats.

“Yes, we played exceptionally well. it looked like everyone else understood roles on offense,” McBride said. “We played great defense and were fun to watch tonight.”

Basehor-Linwood plays Ottawa on Saturday night in the championship game. Ottawa defeated Platte County 49-45 in the other semifinal game.

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