MHS boys strafe El Dorado in opener

By Steve Sell
December 04, 2015

EL DORADO — Thirty-point games don't come along very often at McPherson High since balance is a school trademark.

But after Taylor Robertson scored 30 points against El Dorado in the girls' game on Friday, Drew Pyle matched that effort in the boys' game as the Bullpups opened their season with a 56-22 victory.

Running clock shortened the game in the fourth quarter, much to the disdain of Bullpup coach Kurt Kinnamon, who clearly doesn't like the rule adopted this year by the AVCTL.

Even when the clock wasn't running full-time, though, the Bullpups' defense was stringent while Pyle was about the lone Bullpup with a warm hand on the other end.

After missing four shots in the first quarter, the 6-3 senior made 8 of his final 9 shots and finished the game 13 of 18 from the field. Ben Pyle added nine points, but no other Bullpup scored more than five.

"We were choppy," Kinnamon said of the offense. "It's not going to be long before we see junk defenses on Ben and Drew. We need a third and fourth and a fifth scorer to emerge. I think we have those guys there, it's just a matter of stepping up and doing it."

While the offense came and went, the defense was a constant. El Dorado was a miserable 7 of 29 from the field as it was bothered by the Bullpups' length.

"Those guys are hard to pass around and I thought we did a pretty good job of rotating and not giving up anything easy and getting into the passing lanes," Kinnamon said. "I was pleased with that."

MHS led 16-4 after a quarter and 35-10 at the half. Since MHS was up 49-18 after three quarters, the final 8 minutes went by virtually uninterrupted.

"That's a bad rule because you don't get kids as much playing time," Kinnamon said. "It goes all the way down to the sub-varsity so the kids are getting whacked twice. They are having running clock in the JV and varsity. I don't like the rule, I just don't like it."

The Bullpup JVs were a 53-25 winner behind 11 points by Paxton Leaf and 10 more by Jake Alexander. 

The freshmen were a 58-38 victor as Brandon Wilson dominated on the inside with 18 points and Kyler Hoppes tallied 15.

MHS goes on the road again Tuesday to take on Andover.

MHS (56) — McDaniel 1-3, 0-0, 3; Labertew 0-2, 0-0, 0; Brossard 2-3, 1-2, 5; Loecker 2-3, 0-0, 4; D. Pyle 13-18, 3-4, 30; B. Pyle 2-9, 4-4 9; Spaich 1-1, 1-1, 3; Seidl 1-2, 0-0, 2; Leaf 0-1, 0-2, 0. Totals — 22-42, 9-13, 56. 3-pointers — McDaniel 1, D. Pyle 1, B. Pyle 1.

El Dorado (22) — Kimble 2-7, 0-0, 4; Michaelis 1-2, 3-4, 5; McCarthy 1-3, 1-1, 3; Johnson 0-2, 1-2, 1; Thomas 0-3, 1-2, 1; Arnold 0-2, 0-0, 0; Kohler 1-1, 0-0, 2; Burnett 2-6, 0-0, 6. Totals — 7-29, 6-8, 22. 3-pointers — Burnett 2.

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MHS JV (53) — Labertew 4, Jake Alexander 10, Lackey 8, Malm 2, Leaf 11, Seidl 1, Williams 2, Jayse Alexander 7, Gerbrandt 8.

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MHS 9th (58) — L. Brossard 2, Strawn 3, Wiard 6, Wilson 18, Hoppes 15, Hoover 7, Burns 1, Kinnamon 2, Avila 2, Trost 2.


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