With win against Bonner Springs, a different rematch stands between Bobcats and state
Basehor-Linwood senior Colin Murphy and his teammates returned to familiar territory on Friday night with a 46-34 win over Bonner Springs in the Sub-state title game.
The Bobcats will now play Topeka-Hayden at 7:30 p.m. Saturday — the team's fourth appearance in four years.
"I am not really nervous," Colin said. "We have played in big games all of our lives."
Yes, this will be his next one with a trip to Salina at stake.
"We are in 24 hour mode right now," McBride said.
After losing the last two years, the Bobcats seek a return to the state tournament.
Yes, that is the beauty of the sub-state semifinals. Both teams want to win, but neither team is happy when it is over.
In a loss, you feel the pain of defeat and question the results. In a victory, you just enjoy the win for a few minutes and then move on.
McBride is no different. He has outlines of what it will take to defeat Topeka-Hayden which include not making mistakes and maximizing possessions.
Perhaps more joy should accompany the victory. The Bobcats took numerous challenges and answered them.
Bonner Springs led most of the first half but Basehor-Linwood tied the score late with a Colin Murphy free throw. The two teams were tied 21-21 at half.
The score was 29-25in the third quarter when coach Andy Price received a technical foul.
"I asked for the referees to call a fair game," he said.
Price was not pleased with officiating during the half and said the referees made a lot of calls in Basehor's favor.
McBride said more fouls were called in the second half than in the first as the pace of the game tightened up.
Referees aside, Colin hit one of two foul shots and the team led 31-25 entering the fourth quarter of play.
The Braves made a quick three pointer early in the next quarter, but Basehor-Linwood rebuilt its lead to 38-33.
Late in the game, Basehor-Linwood made 6-of-6 foul attempts.
Meanwhile Bonner Springs attempted numerous shots but made few baskets.
The Braves scored just 13 points in the second half.
"I am just proud of our guys for the heart they showed tonight but throughout the season," Price said.
Likewise, Basehor-Linwood players did a great job executing late in the game, McBride said.
Colin and Ryan Murphy each scored 13 points in the game. B.J. Watson led the Braves with 11 and J.J. Jackson scored nine.
In general, McBride said his team will have to play well to beat Hayden.
"I am happy to be playing another game," he said. "I think we are focused.