Scores: 1/18/201

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

The Bobcat Invitational tipped off its 2017 edition of the tournament with a very intriguing match up between Schlagle and Basehor-Linwood.  I got to speak to Coach McBride Monday afternoon who told me about the game and it was a no brainer that I would be there.  Schlagle whose stock has been rising after getting off to a quick start in the KCAL to face off against one of the top programs in the state in Basehor-Linwood.

Basehor-Linwood has been labeled as not being athletic but last night I don’t think we should describe them that way.  We have gotten used to having true Alpha Dogs on the Bobcats.  Colin Murphy, Chase Younger, Pat Muldoon and Jahron McPherson who were all among the areas elite.  What the Bobcats have this year is a collective group with flashes of dominance.  To call any team with Eric Scott on it anything but athletic seems silly.  The freshly committed to Illinois State commit glided to the rim over and over last night.  Jackson Sherley has seemingly come out of no where with solid ability to finish around the rim. 

Tyon Grant-Foster (Schlagle)
The atmosphere at the start of the game was subdued to say the least.  Schlagle’s crowd was sparse and during the introductions the best way I could describe the body language was flat.  I tweeted at the time that either Schlagle is laser focused or about to fall asleep.  The typical hand shakes and huddle that fire the kids up just didn’t happen last night.
The Stallions came out all business building a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter.  The Bobcats responded to the tune of 19-7 to close out the quarter.  The Bobcats established early that they were going to work around the Schlagle press and were able to finish at the rim consistently.  19-13 Basehor-Linwood after the first quarter.
The second quarter brought more of the same for Basehor-Linwood but they locked down defensively.  Schlagle scored 5 points in the quarter and Tyon Grant-Foster had a highlight dunk that usually fires up the Stallions.  The problem was that Eric Scott answered right back with one of his own to quiet things down.  The Bobcats enjoyed a dominating 36-18 lead after the first half.
The second half was more of the same at the start.  Basehor’s lead ballooned to 22 at one point before the Stallions appeared to wake up.  The Stallions went a full quarter and a half before breaking out of their funk.  Despite some near heroic effort from Tyon Grant-Foster to keep them in it.  The 20 point lead seemed to wake up the Stallions.  Eric Scott and Jackson Sherley led the parade of layups.  Basehor was also very selective with their 3 point attempts but effective when they did.
Despite the charge last in the third quarter the Stallions were still down 51-35 only taking 2 points off the half time lead.  I am not going to completely dismiss the track meet that broke out in the fourth quarter but it was entertaining watching Grant-Foster and Scott go back and forth.  I don’t have the score book but would guess that Grant-Foster had at least 30.  The final score of 74-62.  To say the defensive intensity let down in the final quarter would be an understatement.
Still a very fun game.
Notes:
Tyon Grant-Foster is the best all around player I have seen so far this year.  Granted I don’t get to make it to as many games and there are still teams I need to see but I have been following the area for 6 years now.  He is a rare talent and one that is still improving.  I may sound like a broken record but he was certainly the best individual on the floor last night.  Basehor-Linwood was the better team without question.
I have not given Coach McBride his due as a coach.  We had a nice long chat at a Bobcat football game earlier this school year and he mentioned that I always pick against him.  I didn’t publicly say anything last night but I thought the Stallions would contend with them and once again I was wrong.  Perhaps this is a disturbing trend or if you are a Bobcat fan a good one.  I keep picking against a program that has been a winner for the duration of my time at SHUKC and they keep winning.
I couldn’t help but think about the must watch basketball coming up.  Piper vs Basehor will be fun and I believe they share a district so possibly another trilogy between these schools.  The best thing you can hope for Basehor faithful is me picking Piper.
Basehor-Linwood will be hosting the powerlifting meet on January 28th and are expecting 800+ kids.  What is most disappointing is that I am not sure how many kids from district 500 are attending.  My guess would not be many based on recent years and this simply has to change.  I will plant a seed here but think the district needs to turn the focus to weight rooms at the schools.  I would be good as well with a district facility that can provide the kids a place to come and get stronger.  I am sure Basehor-Linwood would allow a tour of their facilities.
I want to send a shout out to Jamison Jackson of Bonner Springs whose injury last week turned out to be a serious one.  Injuries really hit home with me because of what my cousin went through.  What I know for sure is that with hard work you can come back stronger thanks to modern medicine.  Even with my own knee surgery you find yourself working on things you never thought of before and you come back stronger.  No heavy heads just full hearts.  Speedy recovery!
Other scores:
Harmon got the opening round win at the Baldwin Invitational defeating the host team 70-62. Braylan Johnson 20, Khamau Sayles 16, Gio Martinez 13, BJ Heard 13.  The Hawks are back to full strength now that Martinez is back.  I wonder how playing without him for a period of time will benefit the Hawks through this tournament.  Good start!
Tonganoxie falls to Wamego 49-42 Monday night.
Girls:
The Lady Stallions stayed unbeaten with a 88-53 win over Hogan Prep.
I got to watch most of the Basehor-Linwood girls game.  I don’t know any specific reason why but this team has just not been flush with basketball talent.  Maybe they all go to Piper but I admire how hard the young ladies play.  Little height to boot they were scrappy yesterday against Blue Valley losing 47-31.
Bonner Springs girls are in complete rebuild mode falling 55-16 to Jeff West. 

Tonganoxie falls 51-28 in their tournament to Desoto.

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