Jaguars record first loss of the year
Mill Valley loses tough-fought battle with Basehor-Linwood
Trading blows like heavyweight fighters, both the Mill Valley and Basehor-Linwood varsity boys competed in a game that lived up to the hype.
In the end, missed opportunities by the Jaguars allowed the host Bobcats to come away with a 56-50 victory on Tuesday, handing Mill Valley their first defeat of the season.
"We couldn't get a good look at the basket and that's because (Basehor-Linwood) played good defense," said Mill Valley head coach Justin Bogart. "We ran into a couple of stretches where we let them do some things against us that we shouldn't have let them do."
The Jaguars shot a dismal 8-of-29 from the field in the second half, while clutch free-throw shooting by the Bobcats polished off the win.
Dominique Burgin paced the Jaguars with 10 points, while Cody Ptacek added nine points from the perimeter. Mike Horn led Basehor-Linwood with 17 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the line.
The contest featured 12 lead changes and four ties, all after Mill Valley jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter.
Perimeter shooting was the Jaguars' strength in the first half, hitting five three-pointers. Jaguar junior Cody Ptacek hit three treys, while seniors Dominique Burgin and Joey Fitzgerald hit one each.
Mill Valley maintained a 20-14 lead early in the second quarter, but the Bobcats quickly tied the game with a 6-0 run.
The Jaguars regained a three-point lead on a pair of field goals from Ptacek and senior Jason Andrews, but once again, Basehor made another run to take a 32-28 advantage.
Burgin hit a trey to pull within one, but Basehor's Jackie Kimlin hit an off-balanced basket inside the paint right before the halftime break, giving the Bobcats a three-point lead.
In the third quarter, Mill Valley grabbed the lead on three different occasions, but the Bobcats had an answer each time the Jaguars took the lead.
The Jaguars' last lead of the game occurred with 5:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Travis Chavez connected on a field goal, giving Mill Valley a 46-45 edge. The lead quickly vanished when Basehor-Linwood senior Brandon Fisher hit a three-point basket. Moments later, Fisher was fouled on a missed three-point attempt, but proceeded to miss all three foul shots.
"I really thought things were looking our way at that point," Bogart said. "We just couldn't get the ball in the hole."
The Jaguars missed a foul shot, then missed two baskets inside the paint, while Basehor-Linwood stretched the lead to 50-46.
Back-to-back field goals by sophomore Ryan Cooley and Chavez knotted the score back up at 50, but Horn made four straight free throws, then added a field goal with no time remaining.
Mill Valley (4-1) will travel to Tonganoxie Friday before returning to Basehor to participate in the Bobcat Invitational on Monday.
The Jaguars will open the first round of the tourney against St. Joseph Benton at 4:30 p.m..