POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Survive and advance.
That’s just what Central Christian College’s men’s basketball team did on Friday, overcoming a 27-25 halftime deficit for a 64-52 victory over Fisher College, which came all the way from Massachusetts to play in the first round of the AII Tournament.
The Tigers, now 23-7, play Washington Adventist at 7 p.m. in the semifinals on Saturday. If they win, the play for the championship at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Central had a cold hand all night, making just 25 of 70 field goals, but turned to its defense for the win. Fisher made just 17 of 63 shots, more than half of its field goals from 3-point.
AII Newcomer of the Year Jubril Osagie had a big night for CCC with 15 rebounds to go along with his 11 points. Sam Clayborn led the Tigers with 17 points, while Michael Gholston scored 11 and Daniel Nwosuh chipped in with 10. Kendric Warren snatched away 11 rebounds.
Central (64) — Warren 3, Osagie 11, Clayborn 17, Nwosuh 10, Gholston 11, Kuminga 6, Burton 6.
Fisher (52) — Grady 8, Neal 8, Smith 2, Holmes 15, Wilson 17, Pennington 2.
McPherson High's boys and Augusta nearly traded point-for-point in the first quarter here Friday as both teams were 9 of 13 from the field with the Bullpups able to edge ahead 22-19.
But while the Bullpups continued their offensive onslaught, the Orioles couldn't keep up.
After leading 39-27 at the half, the Bullpups socked the Orioles with a devastating 23-5 sizz in the third period and the game had running clock the rest of the way in a 70-36 Bullpup victory.
MHS will take a 10-game winning streak and 16-4 record into next Thursday's sub-state opener at Buhler against Ulysses, while state-ranked teams Hays and Buhler will trade bombs in the other game.
"We made extra passes that led to easy baskets," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "I'm pleased with that. I certainly wasn't pleased with our defense in the first quarter… we got around (the post), didn't have good ball pressure and no help side and consequently (Jonny) Clausing got 12 in the first quarter. That's concerning because Buhler has that (6-7 Grant Owens) in their arsenal."
But the Bullpup defense adjusted and Clausing was relatively silent the rest of the way as he finished with 14.
The Bullpups had one of their best passing nights as time and again they passed up a good shot for a better one, making 28 of 46 shots and had 16 assists as a team.
Ben Pyle led the way with 24 points, while Jake Alexander (14) and Mason Alexander (13) also were in double figures. Pyle had 6 assists, one more than Mason Alexander. Jake Alexander had 3 blocks.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," Kinnamon said as his team had only 6 turnovers. "That's always been something for me, just don't turn the basketball over. Historically if you look at the banners around here, those teams that won were ones that turned the ball over less than 10 times a game."
The MHS JV was ice cold all night and suffered a 37-35 setback. Brandon Wilson led the Bullpups with 11 points. They finished the year 11-6.
The MHS freshmen bounced back from a pair of losses for a season-ending 57-42 victory behind 16 points by Cooper Courtney and 14 by Kvon Richardson. They finished the year with 14-6.
McPherson (70) — Labertew 3-3, 1-2, 8; M. Alexander 6-10, 0-0, 13; Jk. Alexander 6-8, 0-0, 14; Diggs 2-2, 0-0, 5; Pyle 8-14, 8-9, 24; Stufflebean 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hoover 0-1, 0-0, 0; Myers 1-1, 0-0, 2 Kinnamon 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hoppes 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jy. Alexander 1-4, 0-0, 2. Totals — 28-46, 9-11, 70. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 2, Labertew 1, M. Alexander 1, Diggs 1.
Augusta (36) — Whitehead 4-14, 1-2, 13; Burton 2-8, 0-0, 4; Rocheford 0-1, 0-0, 0; Westbrooks 1-4, 0-0, 3; Clausing 7-11, 0-3, 14; Sharp 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jackson 0-1, 2-2, 2; Reynolds 0-1, 0-0, 0; Altenhofen 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 14-42, 3-7, 36. 3-pointers — Whitehead 4, Westbrooks 1.
MHS JV (35) — Stufflebean 8, Hoover 2, Kinnamon 2, Ky. Hoppes 6, Wilson 11, Trost 4, Seidl 2.
MHS 9th (57) — Ka. Hoppes 9, Richardson 14, Wankum 3, Schmid 3, Lopez 4, Koehn 1, Stockham 3, Courtney 16, Pyle 4.
You can put in about any tape of the McPherson High girls this season and see a familiar theme that again played out here Friday.
The Bullpups jumped on Augusta for the game's first 11 points and it was a harbinger of things to come as they had the game into running clock at the start of the start of the fourth quarter before completing a 68-28 victory on Senior Night that featured Emma Yowell and Jordan Bruner.
"I thought we got off to a great start and played off of that," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "The focus overall in the second half was better than it has been. We turned the ball over only twice the whole second half and had only six for the game, so that's one thing I look at to tell me how mentally focused we are. Real proud of our effort and our mental energy tonight, too."
MHS' pressure defense made life miserable early as the Orioles turned it over 13 times in the first quarter and the offense was in the good hands of Taylor Robertson, who scored 13 straight points midway through the period and she had 17 in the first 8 minutes.
Robertson finished with 28 points, making 12 of 17 shots. Mandi Cooks had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Hannah Hageman had a nice night off the bench with 10 points.
The success gives MHS a final 17-3 regular-season record and it again finished 10-0 in AVCTL Division III, giving it an amazing 49-1 league record over the five years in the division. It will open sub-state play on Friday at Buhler against the host Crusaders in the third meeting of the year between the teams, the first two won handily by the Bullpups.
The MHS JVs finished a perfect season with a 58-17 triumph as they now have won 62 games in a row after a 15-0 season. Claire Yowell led a balanced attack with 12 points, while Lauren Hein and Andrea Sweat added 10.
The MHS C-team also wrapped up a perfect 17-0 season with a 40-28 success. Cassie Cooks topped the scoring with 12 points and Sweat furnished 10. Nine players in all scored.
MHS (68) — E. Yowell 3-7, 1-2, 9; Hett 2-3, 0-0, 6; Robertson 12-17, 1-1, 28; Bruner 0-2, 0-0, 0; M. Cooks 5-8, 0-0, 10; C. Yowell 1-2, 1-2, 3; Hageman 4-5, 1-2, 10; Schieferecke 1-1, 0-0, 2; Sweat 0-3, 0-0, 0; C. Cooks 0-1, 0-0, 0; Leaf 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 28-50, 4-7, 68. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, E. Yowell 2, Hett 2, Hageman 1.
Augusta (28) — Livingston 3-3, 2-3, 8; Wheeler 1-6, 0-0, 2; Hinnenkamp 2-5, 0-0, 6; Marlnee 4-10, 0-0, 8; Rhodes 1-3, 0-0, 2; Steinkamp 0-0, 1-4, 1; Rockers 0-1, 0-0, 0; McDaniel 0-2, 0-0, 0; Harman, 0-1, 0-0, 0; Guillams 0-0, 1-2, 1. Totals 11-31, 4-9, 28. 3-pointers — Hinnenkamp 2.
MHS JV (58) — C. Yowell 12, Burghart, 2, Beam 2, Hageman 7, Schieferecke 4, Hein 10, Sweat 10, C. Cooks 7, Eisenbarth 4.
MHS C (40) — Mayfield 3, Beam 5, Schieferecke 2, Stout 3, Strathman 1, Collins 2, Sweat 10, Jones 2, C. Cooks 12.
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