Don’t be deceived. Basehor-Linwood indeed came away with a three-point victory over visiting Bonner Springs on Friday night, but that 76-73 score didn’t mean the game was close.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Bonner Springs led only in the game’s first minute. Basehor-Linwood had a 55-36 lead entering the fourth quarter.
But Bonner Springs launched a flurry of three-pointers in the final period, connecting on eight of them — the last coming from senior Jordan Jackson at the buzzer — to give the impression of a barnburner on the scoreboard.
“We didn’t make free throws, and they made threes,” Basehor-Linwood coach Mike McBride said.
The difference in the game proved to the Bobcats’ front line, particularly 6-6 junior Patrick Muldoon.
“Our size was the difference,” McBride said. “They didn’t have anyone who could match up with Muldoon inside.”
The Bobcats also had an uncharacteristic 15 turnovers on the night.
“We average eight a game,” McBride said. “We were trying to make plays that weren’t there.”
McBride also thought that his team had tired legs in the fourth quarter.
“We won two two overtime games on Monday and Tuesday, so we were a little leg weary at the end of the game,” he said.
Muldoon led the Bobcats in scoring with 22 points, including two dunks and a pass that he bounced off a defender, allowing him to get the ball inbounds against the press in the fourth quarter. Senior Chase Younger had 18 and senior Tim Sanders added 10.
The 5-10 Braves trailed 23-11 at the end of the first quarter and 40-25 at halftime.
Bonner Springs’ fourth-quarter rally was led by senior Zshavon Dodson, who had 19 points in the game, with 16 of them coming in the second half.
Junior Antonio Roark led the Braves with a game-high 23 points — 16 of those coming in the second half. Junior Brenden Dotson added 14 points and senior Jordan Jackson had 10 points.
The victory improved the Bobcats’ record to 13-2. They meet undefeated Lansing on Tuesday at home.
Basehor-Linwood girls 51, Bonner Springs 47
Basehor-Linwood avenged a loss to the Braves earlier in the season in a game that featured a statistical oddity. Neither the Bobcats nor the Braves scored a field goal in the final four minutes.
Bonner Springs, which trailed 42-37 entering the fourth quarter, got the game tied at 46-46 with 2:14 left, but Basehor-Linwood then connected on five of eight free throws in the last 1:52 for the win. The Bobcats were 18 of 34 from the free throw line for the game.
Senior Amber Carver led the Bobcats with 13 points, and junior Madison McDowell added 12.
Junior Julianne Jackson led the Braves with 12 points and junior Kaleigh Taylor had 10.
The loss dropped Bonner Springs’ record to 10-5.