BLHS boys roll by Turner in 2014 opener
Muldoon scores 10 in Bobcat debut
With his team comfortably in front midway through the fourth quarter, Basehor-Linwood junior Patrick Muldoon attempted an alley-oop off a pass from teammate Brock Gilliam. The duo couldn't quite connect, as the dunk attempt clanked off the rim.
Other than that mishap, Muldoon's night was nearly error-free.
The 6-foot-6 transfer from Mill Valley had 10 points in his Bobcat debut — a 59-30 drubbing of Turner on Tuesday at BLHS.
"It's good to get the respect from (my teammates) and the trust for them to give me the ball," said Muldoon, who also had three blocks in the win. "Over the summer, that helped us get a lot of chemistry going, and we performed it (Tuesday) night."
Muldoon scored six of the Bobcats' first eight points, sparking a game-opening run from which Turner wouldn't recover. BLHS (4-1, 3-0 Kaw Valley League) sprinted to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, and the Bears (0-4, 0-3) never found an answer.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Joe Gorman gave the Bobcats a 30-9 advantage midway through the second quarter, and the advantage grew to 25 by the break, 39-14.
Any thoughts of a second-half comeback were quickly erased when BLHS opened the third quarter with four quick points to keep the momentum in its favor. The deficit reached 31 in the final minute of the period, and the teams played even the rest of the way.
After shooting better than 73 percent from the field in the first half, the Bobcats saw a decline after intermission — particularly in the fourth quarter, when they scored just six points. But, according to coach Mike McBride, the decrease in scoring was likely a product of early-season fatigue.
"We got tired because they run the offense for so long, so our shots got short," McBride said. "Obviously, we've got to get in better shape, but that will come with more games."
Senior JP Downing joined Muldoon in double figures with a team-high 12 points. In total, 10 Bobcats scored at least two points in the team's 2014 opener.
"I think everybody contributed," Muldoon said. "Even off the bench, we had a lot of energy, so it felt good for all of us to work as a team to get a win."
Turner's Paul Berry scored more than half the Bears' points, leading all scorers with 16.
BLHS will be back at home Friday when it welcomes rival Tonganoxie to town. Action will begin immediately following the girls game, which is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. After that, the Bobcats will make trips next week to Class 5A opponents Mill Valley and Lansing.
"Right now, we have 15 games and we're playing one game at a time," McBride said. "Every single game, we've got to get better and get ready for sub-state."
Score by quarters
Turner 4 10 10 6 — 30
Basehor-Linwood 18 21 14 6 — 59
TURNER — Paul Berry 7-11 1-2 16, Da'Shan Todd 3-4 0-0 6, Sirr Green 2-6 2-2 6, Dewayne Guess 1-4 0-0 2.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD — JP Downing 5-8 0-0 12, Patrick Muldoon 5-9 0-0 10, Joe Gorman 3-4 0-0 8, Jahron McPherson 3-6 0-0 6, Chase Younger 2-6 1-2 6, Zach McNabb 2-5 0-0 5, Tim Sanders 2-5 0-0 4, Carson Fliger 1-4 1-1 3, Sean Potter 1-1 0-0 3, Ben Hazel 1-2 0-0 2.