BSHS falls three times in tough week
In its second game in as many days Bonner Springs fell to a more experienced Perry-Lecompton, 61-43, on Tuesday evening in Perry.
Perry controlled much of the game and forced a tempo much slower than what Bonner Springs prefers to play. The run-and-gun Braves’ offense struggled to make the adjustment.
“We had a bad shooting night,” Bonner Springs coach Ryan Hull said. “We played hard but could not match their toughness and intensity. We really have to learn how to fight through tough shooting nights.”
Perry dominated on the glass and outrebounded BSHS by a large amount. The Braves had trouble matching the intensity in the visiting gym partly because it was their second game in as many nights.
In the fourth quarter the Braves hit a long 3-point basket to cut the deficit to 10, then got a stop and fired up another 3-point attempt that did not fall.
“You know, if we hit that basket it could have been an entirely different ending to that game,” Hull said.
Instead, Perry calmly stretched its advantage over the next few possessions to secure the victory.
Juan Pichardo and Kyle Day scored 11 points apiece to lead the Braves.
Bonner Springs now is 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Kaw Valley League.
Bonner plays host to rival Basehor-Linwood on Friday.
“I expect a very loud gym,” Hull said. “Basehor has similar position strengths that Perry has, so I hope that we can apply tonight as a learning experience going into Friday night.”
PIPER 66, BONNER 63
The Braves took perennial Kaw Valley League power Piper to the limit Monday night at the Bonner Springs YMCA, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Pirates escaped with a 66-63 victory.
Bonner led at halftime, but struggled in the third quarter to maintain control of the game. Unfortunately for BSHS, bad third periods have been the norm to this point in the season.
Bonner trailed by a point, 64-63, with 4.9 seconds remaining in the game and was forced to foul Piper. The Pirates sunk two free throws and stretched the lead to 66-63.
BSHS inbounded the ball in an attempt to set up a game-tying 3-point try, but the Braves turned it over.
“This was an incredibly fun game to be involved in,” Hull said. “Piper is a lot bigger and we were able to take them to the wire by playing physical.”
Two freshmen and two sophomores combined for 53 of the 63 points scored on the night for the Braves. Brett Stewart led all scorers with 21 points and earned high praise from his coach.
“He was great all night,” Hull said. “He really used his defensive hustle to create turnovers by Piper, then he capitalized on those turnovers by turning them into points.”
Pichardo scored 14, Day added 11 and J.J. Jackson scored 8.
“Not many negatives to take away from this game,” Hull said. “We lost the game based on experience. In the future we should be able to win a game like this.”
The game was originally slated for Dec. 16 but was postponed when a snowstorm rolled through the area.
MILL VALLEY 72, BONNER 59
After a first-half slugfest, the Mill Valley boys basketball team finally pulled away from a scrappy Bonner Springs squad for a 72-59 victory Friday night at MVHS.
BSHS sank four 3-pointers in the first quarter and trailed just 20-19 after the first eight minutes.
The Braves trailed 39-35 at halftime before Mill Valley pulled away.