McBride questions officiating in BLHS’s 59-58 loss to league-leading Lansing
BLHS girls move up in KVL
Third-place in the Kaw Valley League is within sight as a win against Tonganoxie Tuesday, and a Piper loss to Bonner Springs, would continue the Bobcats' (3-3 in the KVL) climb in the league.
Read about their victory against Lansing on Friday.
Five seconds remained and Basehor-Linwood knew what it needed to do: Foul.
It didn’t have time to sweat a charge called against Colin Murphy that many in attendance thought to be questionable. All that was left after Lansing senior Izaiah Grice’s second three-pointer in under a minute was to pick up a quick foul and pray.
So when Lansing sophomore Khalil Bailey took the inbounds pass, Colin Murphy and Tanner Garver swarmed him, Garver grappling with his arm. Only no whistle followed, Bailey passed back to junior Clay Young, who passed to junior Lucas Mein as time expired.
Lansing 59, Basehor-Linwood 58.
“Can’t really complain about the refs,” Colin Murphy said. “It just happens the way it happens.”
“It happens” — or so coach Mike McBride told his team after the game, give or take a couple extra letters.
Colin Murphy led all scorers with 27 points — including the game’s first six — after overcoming a migraine prior to the game. Ryan Murphy added 19 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter.
Lansing (12-1) is now 7-0 in the Kaw Valley League and one game up over the Bobcats (10-3, 6-1). Despite that, despite the lack of whistles and despite a chippy bunch of visiting rivals, Colin Murphy — and, by extension, Basehor-Linwood as a whole — kept his composure.
“That’s just varsity basketball,” Colin Murphy said. “We knew they were going to try and play physical against us, but we weren’t about to back down.”
Basehor-Linwood has now dropped two straight dating back to its 56-49 loss on Jan. 21 in the Bobcat Invitational final against Ottawa, another one of the state’s top 4A teams.
McBride wore his frustrations a little more noticeably than his twin seniors, popping the locker room door open after speaking with his team.
He was frustrated with the absence of a call at the end, and the lack of calls in the paint all night.
“I know how tough Ben Johnson and Ryan Murphy are,” he said. “And they’re getting pushed off the post all night. I don’t know how else to tell my kids how to play post. I don’t know how you miss that.”
Basehor-Linwood jumped out to a 20-15 lead after one quarter, but its pace slowed in the second, scoring 11 to Lansing’s 14.
Lansing would outscore Basehor-Linwood in the next three quarters, albeit by margins as thin as the tension was thick.
Grice was a threat beyond the arc all night, scoring 19 points that included four threes — each scored in the second half. Bailey added 11 points for Lansing.
Grice’s first three-point basket, coupled with a dunk from Jones, put Lansing ahead 36-31 to begin the second half.
The Bobcats regained the lead momentarily, but Lansing sunk two straight threes — by 6-foot-6 senior Chris Jones and Young — put Lansing up by two. Ryan Murphy answered with a bucket to tie it again, and a steal and layup from Zach McNabb put Basehor-Linwood back out front with 90 seconds left in the third.
Colin Murphy turned the ball over on the team’s next possession, and Grice dunked in transition, causing the sizeable visiting section to erupt. Colin Murphy would see a shot blocked on the ensuing possession, and met two intentional bumps by 6-foot-7 sophomore Eddie Hunt before Hunt returned to the bench. Rather than engage, Colin Murphy simply shrugged and raised his eyebrows ever so slightly. He’d get his chance to respond, knocking down a three. But Grice would match his effort and Colin Murphy came up short while trying to keep the tennis match going. The miss ensured a 49-49 stalemate heading into the fourth quarter.
The final frame remained scoreless until 4:45. Mein got on the board for Lansing, Ryan Murphy tied it again and Jones put Lansing back out front. When the game tied at 53-53, a timeout was called to repair one of the nets when it became loose.
When play resumed, the two teams traded travel calls and a Colin Murphy three forced a Lansing timeout with 2:25 to play.
Out of the timeout, Grice sank a three of his own to tie it, after which Ryan Murphy edged the Bobcats out front by two with 26 seconds to play.
Coming out of another timeout, Lansing’s Mein took the ball on an inbounds pass, dribbled left and passed to Grice, again waiting beyond the arc. All net.
It was then that Ryan Murphy drove to the paint and collided with Jones, who appeared to be in motion himself. The two went down, Jones celebrating only after he heard the whistle and a chorus of boos with 5.7 seconds left on the clock.
After the game, one could sense a chip on Basehor-Linwood’s shoulders, at least on those of a frustrated but confident coach.
“I thought we showed tonight that we’re a championship team,” McBride said.