Lansing boys hold off Bonner Springs in 2OT
Lansing The Bonner Springs boys made sure their final basketball game of 2011 was unforgettable.
The Braves traveled to Lansing on Friday and took the Lions — pegged by many as the team to beat for the Class 5A state championship this season — to the limit before falling 62-60 in double-overtime at Johnsmeyer Gymnasium.
In the second overtime, Clay Young made a 3-point shot to give his team a 60-59 lead. The Braves then tied the game when Stevie Williams made one of two free throw attempts.
Later in overtime, Young went to the foul line and sank a pair of free throws that put the Lions back on top.
On the final possession, J.J. Jackson took a 3-point shot that missed as time expired.
“Yeah, this is a heartbreaker to lose this game, but it is also a good measuring stick for our team early in the season,” BSHS coach Andy Price said. “To see the kids show potential and play toe to toe with one of the best teams in 5A in their house is a good accomplishment.”
For a game that went to double-overtime, the first half was not close.
Bonner Springs jumped out to a fast start in the contest, leading 17-6 at the end of the first quarter.
Williams and Jackson each scored five points in the quarter.
The Lions took numerous free throws, but they were cold from the field. Lansing made just two field goals in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lions battled back by outscoring the Braves 13-7. Bonner Springs led 24-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Lansing went on a 12-2 run to take a 38-31 lead. The score was 38-33 LHS entering the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Bonner Springs started on a 10-3 run to take a 43-41 lead. The Braves later led 48-41, but could not put the Lions away. Down 53-50 late, Young drilled a 3-pointer to force overtime.
In the first overtime, neither team made a field goal. Young went 4-for-4 from the free throw line while the Braves went 4-for-6 from the stripe. The Braves led 57-53 early in the extra period, but they were unable to finish the job as Lansing battled back. Each squad had a shot to win the game during the final minute of the first overtime.
In the second overtime, Young made another 3-pointer to give the Lions a 60-59 lead. The Lions went on to win the game.
“Both teams should be proud of their effort,” Price said. “You hate to see either one lose.”
While Bonner Spring fell short, the Braves’ effort drew accolades from Lansing coach Rod Briggs.
“I have been telling everyone that this is a team that can fight for the league title,” Briggs said. “They have solid seniors and solid players throughout. It reminds me of us last year the way they are built. They could kind of come out of nowhere.”
Briggs’ “come out of nowhere” reference points to his team’s surprise run to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament when they pulled off a series of upsets.
The Braves had three players score in double figures. B.J. Watson led the way with 17 points, and Williams and Jordan Jackson added 10 apiece.
Cameron Decker led the Lions with 20 points, Young scored 16 and Izaiah Grice added eight.
With the loss, Bonner Springs enters winter break with a 2-2 record.