It was a tale of two halves in Friday night’s 5A semifinal matchup between the Basehor-Linwood Bobcats and Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles in a 69-68 comeback victory by the Bobcats to knock off the defending state champion and advance to Saturday’s state final.
The Golden Eagles jumped out first with a strong first quarter leading 15-7. The Eagles offense knocked down shot after shot as the Bobcats struggled shooting compared to their strong performance in Thursday’s win over Salina Central.
The second quarter was much of the same with Bishop Carroll controlling the game. The Golden Eagles entered the locker room up 30-16 at halftime.
The Bobcats were able to find some brief momentum in the second half, but the Eagles kept answering and entered the fourth quarter up 52-39. But the Bobcats continued to chip away and shift the momentum. The lead was cut to four with 4:55 remaining as Connor Younger had a huge second half for the Bobcats scoring 19 of his 21 points in the final 16 minutes. The shift in momentum also woke up the Bobcats fans in attendance.
Younger would drain a 3-pointer with 1:24 remaining and the crowd erupted. After trailing by as many as 16 points, the lead was cut to 63-61.
A jump ball call on the Eagles gave possession back to the Bobcats who would tie the game with 11 seconds remaining. Bishop Carroll attempt to pass the ball around before Jacob Coleman would steal it for the Bobcats before being fouled with 1.1 seconds remaining. Coleman drained both shots to give Basehor-Linwood their first lead of the night. After another foul, Jordan Brown attempted two more shots for the Bobcats. Hitting one would make Bishop Carroll need a 3-pointer to tie the game. Unless there was a miracle, two would clinch the victory.
Brown made both.
Basehor went up 69-65. A last-second heave would go in for the Golden Eagles as time expired to make the final score 69-68. The Bobcats increased their streak to 13 consecutive wins and improved to 21-2. Bishop Carroll falls to 18-6.
Younger led the Bobcats with 21 on the night. Coleman added 17. Basehor-Linwood clinched a spot in Saturday’s state championship. The Bobcats will face No. 4 Andover Central at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. The 21-3 Jaguars are coming off a 74-66 upset of previously undefeated No. 1 Maize. Maize and Bishop Carroll will face each other in the third-place game at 2 p.m.