Basehor-Linwood boys’ basketball season continued Thursday night in the opening round of the 5A state tournament in Emporia against Salina Central in a 60-46 win.
The Mustangs jumped out first with a five-point lead in the first quarter 12-7 before Basehor-Linwood went on an 11-4 run to lead 18-16 after the first quarter. Salina Central would regain the lead in the second quarter briefly before going cold late in the half. The Bobcats led 30-26 entering the locker room at halftime.
Salina Central adjusted and came out strong in the third quarter to take a 38-33 lead and a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter by David Grammer gave Salina Central a 45-42 lead. It was the last field goal Salina Central would hit in the game with the Mustangs only scoring on a free throw with 1:33 remaining in the game and shooting 0-12 in the final quarter.
On the other hand, Basehor-Linwood would score 18 points in the final quarter.
“We knew Salina Central was tough and we prepared for that all week,” Bobcats coach Mike McBride said in an interview with the Salina Journal. “I know their coach is retiring and their seniors fought hard to try to win for him. But our defense was great in the fourth quarter. They were talking and communicating.”
The win by the Bobcats increased their winning streak to 12 games and advanced the team to their fifth semifinals. Salina Central finishes the season at 17-6.
Jacob Coleman led the team with 19 points on the night. Coleman also surpassed 1,000 career points in the win. Nolan Ford added 12 for the Bobcats.
Basehor-Linwood continued their state tournament run Friday night against the defending 5A state champions Bishop Carroll. The Bobcats will also play on Saturday in either the third-place game or the state title game. The third-place game is set to tip off at 2 p.m. The state title game is at 6:15 p.m.
Check back online at www.leavenworthtimes.com/sports and in Tuesday’s paper for coverage of Friday and Saturday’s games.