MHS boys gut out 44th straight win

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2015
Cindy Kinnamon-Contributed Photo

ABILENE — On a night the boys basketball state-record winning streak came to an end, another winning streak was extended that has become rather lengthy.

McPherson High’s boys pushed their winning streak to 44 games on Tuesday with a state-tournament-like 63-50 victory over Abilene in a battle of state-ranked powers.

For MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, though, the night wasn’t a complete personal success as his brother Clint’s team, St. John, saw its Kansas record of 63 straight wins ended by Central Plains. The Tigers had just eclipsed Wichita Heights’ mark of 62 this past weekend.

At halftime against the Cowboys, it was Pyle 26 and Abilene 26. MHS’ brother duo of Drew and Ben Pyle had scored all 26 points, with Drew scoring 14 and Ben adding 12.

When the other Bullpups finally got on board, the tide turned as MHS improved to 4-0 on the year despite a rugged effort by a very good Abilene team.

“We showed our youth at times tonight,” Kinnamon said. “Some of our younger guys kind of had that ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ look. They were not ready to compete at the level it took to play in this game. We’ve got to have them grow up quick. But it was a tough, gutsy performance and I’m proud of that and how we fought. Once we got some other scoring, that opened some things up for Ben and Drew.”

Drew finished with 25 points and Ben scored 22, and both knocked down four 3-pointers apiece. “Ben and Drew were tremendous tonight, obviously,” Kinnamon said.

The Bullpups fell behind only once in the second half, 34-33, but quickly rebounded to take a slim 39-35 lead into the final period.

There, MHS put up 21 points, including 12 of 13 at the foul line. Drew Pyle was 5 for 5 in the period and fellow senior Marcus McDaniel was 3 for 3.

Abilene stayed in the game behind 6-8 Eric Harms, who wore out the foul line by going 12 of 14, but scored just two field goals for 16 points. Ryan Wilson scored 13 and Andrew Schwarting added 11. Harley Hazlett scored only seven as MHS did a scotch-tape job on him.

MHS now prepares for a huge game with Blue Springs South in the Hy-Vee Classic on Friday in Kansas City. Blue Springs is the defending big-school champion from Missouri.

The MHS JVs suffered their first loss, 59-49. Jake Alexander, a freshman, led the Bullpups with 16 points. The freshmen prevailed 48-40 behind 19 points by Kyler Hoppes, and 10 apiece by Gabe Hoover and Noah Avila 10.

MHS (63) — McDaniel 2-5, 3-3, 7; Labertew 0-1, 0-0, 0; Brossard 1-3, 1-1, 3; Loecker 1-1, 0-0, 2; D. Pyle 8-18, 5-5, 25; B. Pyle 8-14, 2-2, 22; Spaich 0-1, 0-0 0; Seidl 1-2, 2-4, 4. Totals — 21-48, 13-15, 63. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 4, B. Pyle 4.

Abilene (50) — Schwarting 4-9, 1-3, 11; Wilson 4-11, 3-4, 13; Ford 1-6, 1-2, 3; Willey 0-5, 0-0, 0; Hazlett 3-6, 0-0, 7; Harms 2-2, 12-14, 16. Totals — 14-39, 17-23, 50. 3-pointers — Wilson 2, Swarting 2, Hazlett 1.

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MHS JV (49) – Labertew 3, Jk. Alexander 16, Lackey 2, Hoppes 6, Spaich 5, Seidl 4, Js. Alexander 9, Gerbrandt 4.

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MHS 9th (48) — Wilson 5, Hoppes 19, Avila 10, Kinnamon 4, Hoover 10.


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