Friday, October 31, 2014

OHS boys have no answer for Bobcats' big run

By GREG MAST/Herald Sports Editor | 1/27/2014

BASEHOR — The Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball team played like a state championship-caliber team Saturday in championship game of the Bobcat Classic in Basehor.

Ottawa had no answers for the Bobcat flurry in the first half. Basehor-Linwood ran out to a 49-20 halftime lead on the Cyclones.

BASEHOR — The Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball team played like a state championship-caliber team Saturday in championship game of the Bobcat Classic in Basehor.

Ottawa had no answers for the Bobcat flurry in the first half. Basehor-Linwood ran out to a 49-20 halftime lead on the Cyclones.

Ottawa showed pride and its talent in the second half, but ended up falling, 74-57.

“They have so many kids that can score,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “They did to us what we do to a lot of teams. They came hot. They lit us up and we had no answer for it.

“It tough to defend teams that have four or five guys that can score. They are a [state championship] contender. We want these kids to play against teams like that. They need to understand what it is like to play at the top level. This is where we need to go.

“We can play. We have to do it for four quarters. We have to find ways when teams go on crazy runs to stop it. We are not there yet. They hit us with all barrels. They were riding a ton of emotion. The crowd ... the atmosphere. The championship game. This is a tough place to play. They defend their house well.”

Basehor-Linwood, which has five seniors, gave Ottawa a look at a tough-minded squad.

“We need to know we have to play this game at a different level” McCullough said. “Intensity ... aggressive. We need to have a different attitude towards basketball games. We need to have a little more nasty streak. We need to have a chip on our shoulder. A little swagger. All the great teams do.”

Ottawa (7-3) showed some of that in the second half.

“We were down 20 points and diving on the floor after balls,” McCullough said. “That’s how we have to play this game the whole time.”

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