In a rematch of last year’s 5A state championship, Basehor-Linwood boy’s basketball downed Andover Central 76-72 in the state quarterfinals Wednesday at White Auditorium in Emporia.
The Bobcats trailed 16-11 late in the first quarter but trimmed the deficit to three at 20-17 going into the second. Senior Connor Younger led the way with 11 of the 17 points.
Basehor grabbed the lead early in the second at 23-22 and led 32-28 going into halftime.
The Bobcats built a seven-point lead toward the beginning of the third and pushed it to double digits at 49-39 with two minutes left in the quarter. After going up 53-41, Central responded with a 5-0 run to end the quarter trailing 53-46.
Central outscored Basehor 10-5 to open the fourth and pull within two points at 58-56. The teams continued to trade blows until sophomore Jordan Brown gave the Bobcats a little breathing room with a 3-pointer to make it 67-63. Brown knocked down another 3-pointer to give Basehor a 70-65 lead but Central’s Jerome Washington quickly responded to trail 70-67. Washington stayed hot and pulled Central within one point with 33 seconds remaining at 71-70. The Bobcats knocked down the free throws after Central began to foul and knocked off the defending 5A state champions.
Brown and Younger combined for 58 of the Bobcats’ 76 points, each getting 29.
The Bobcats advance to the state semifinals Friday against Hays at White Auditorium in Emporia. Tip is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.