BLHS boys keep it simple during dominating win

It may not have been their best basketball, but the Basehor-Linwood Bobcat boys got off the deck, nursed their wounds and took care of business Thursday night.

Bouncing back from a disappointing loss Monday in the opening round of the Bobcat Basketball Tournament, the BLHS squad made quick work of Kansas City East Prep with a clinical if not spectacular display and dispatched their opponents easily, 67-37, to advance to the consolation title game Saturday against DeLaSalle (Kansas City, Missouri) at 12:30 p.m.

BLHS (7-3) was led by Connor Younger (16 points), Jacob Coleman (12 points), Nolan Ford (11 points) and Tuckker Johnson (10 points). 

“I thought we needed to play a little angry after the last game and I thought we were a little down in the dumps a little bit early, but once we got the blood flowing, I thought we did what we were supposed to do,” BLHS head coach Michael McBride said. “We have a long way to go still. We gave up some offensive rebounds and we have to stop them. We let guys run around us. It’s one thing if they were out athleticizing us, but they aren’t doing that. We are trying to be a better team and be excited for the guy who has the hot hand that night. Just let the hot hand go.

“We spread it around tonight and that was a lot better. Much better team aspect. We only have 10 games to become a good team.”

The first quarter was an interesting battle of polar opposite attacks with the Bobcats scoring from all points of the floor, while East treated shots inside 20 feet as exotic illnesses as they flung happily away from the 3-point line.

The result was a BLHS 20-13 lead after eight minutes.

The next quarter saw some chippy play as both squads nibbled at the others' resolve, but it was BLHS' intent to play the better basketball that overcame the East backcourt's agenda to be antagonizing rather than play ball.

A balanced attack by the Bobcats would help them to a comfortable 38-19 halftime advantage.

“We knew after watching the game (Wednesday) that if (KC East) got inside the 3-point line they were out of control,” McBride said.

The Bobcat attack remained deadly efficient after halftime and they would enter the fourth quarter with a 61-30 edge and the mercy clock at their disposal.

“We moved the ball a lot better and played as a team a lot better and that’s what we need to do every single game,” Younger said. “It all starts with defense and boxing out and we didn’t d do that on Monday. We did a better job of that tonight. Our post, Zach White, did a lot better job getting boards too.

“We are still figuring things out and we are going to be good by (substate). The second half of the season is where we will start doing better. I’d rather make the other team work for it than just let them have it.”