MHS boys blow by Andover

By Steve Sell
December 08, 2015

ANDOVER — The Andover boys were coming off an 84-point explosion on Friday.

But they hadn't faced length on defense quite like what McPherson High offered up on Tuesday night.

The long-armed Bullpups suffocated the Trojans in the first half to lead 30-11 and while there were a few cracks in the second half, the result was a no-stress 69-45 victory, their second straight to open the season and 42nd straight overall.

"That's two halves in a row where we've held somebody to 11 in the first half," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "Remember, that's a team coming off a game where they scored 84 the other night. I thought defensively, first half especially, we were pretty good. Second half we needed to do a better job of guarding off the bounce. That was a good plan on their part to drive and kick. We were fortunate that they missed some shots. We did a good job of contesting."

Down 9-6 early, the Bullpups went on a 22-0 rampage and Andover went almost the first 6 minutes of the second quarter without scoring. The Bullpups were able to massage that lead the rest of the way of a foul-filled, rough-and-tumble contest.

The Pyle brothers, Drew and Ben, were a handful for the Trojans with 25 and 21 points, respectively. Ben's nine points in the third quarter came on just four shots. For the game, they combined to go 16 of 28 from the field and 11 of 12 at the line.

A player who caught Kinnamon's eye was bruising sophomore Wyatt Seidl, who was an enforcer on the inside, clearing out bodies to time and again grab rebounds. Kinnamon noted he was perhaps being penalized by calls because he was being so physical.

The MHS JVs came away with a 59-51 victory. Jacob Lackey's 13 points were tops, Caleb Spaich scored 12 and Jake Alexander added 11.

In the freshman game, the Bullpups had little trouble as the running clock came into effect in a 61-28 triumph after it was 42-14 at the half. Kyler Hoppes topped the Bullpups with 17 points, while Brandon Wilson furnished 16. Gabe Hoover also was in double figures with 11.

MHS finally is home on Friday with Winfield providing the opposition. The Wall of Fame ceremony and the last year's championship banner will be raised, so it promises to be a special night.

MHS (69) — McDaniel 3-6, 1-1, 7; Labertew 1-1, 0-0, 2; Brossard 2-3, 0-1, 4; Loecker 2-3, 0-1, 4; D. Pyle 9-18, 6-6, 25; Jake Alexander 1-1, 0-0, 2; Lackey 0-0, 1-2, 1; B. Pyle 7-10, 5-6, 21; Spaich 0-1, 0-2, 0; Seidl 0-0 3-6, 3. Totals — 25-43, 16-25, 69. 3-pointers — B. Pyle 2, D. Pyle 1.

Andover (45) — Short 1-5, 1-4, 4; Bell 0-4, 0-0, 0; Lewis 0-1, 1-2, 1; Oberg 3-12, 2-2, 8; Hammer 0-2, 0-0, 0; Wilson 4-9, 2-2, 13; Lenz 1-5, 5-7, 7; Kellerman 4-4, 2-2, 10; Herrs 0-6, 0-1, 0; Valentas 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 14-49, 13-20, 45. 3-pointers — Wilson 3, Short 1.

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MHS JV (59) — Labertew 2, Jake Alexander 11, Lackey 13, Malm 3, Spaich 12, Seidl 5, Williams 3, Jayse Alexander 2, Gerbrandt 2, Leaf 6.

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MHS 9th (61) — Strawn 2, Wiard 9, Wilson 16, Hoppes 17, Kinnamon 4, Hoover 11, Trost 2.


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