MHS boys floor Vikings

By Steve Sell
January 05, 2016
File-Kendall Shaw

WINFIELD — Welcome back, Spenser Wine.

The McPherson High senior, for the second year in a row, missed the December portion of the basketball schedule recovering from shoulder surgery.

On Tuesday, he made his debut by scoring five points at the outset against Winfield and finished with 10 as the Bullpups crushed the Vikings for the second time this year, 81-31.

"It was nice to have Spenser back," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "He looked a little bit rusty, but you can tell he's been through the wars."

 Behind 14 first-quarter points by Drew Pyle and a long-armed defense that arrested the Vikings' offensive scheme, MHS was up 24-8 and then really turned up the heat with 28 second-quarter points to lead 52-16 at the half. The Bullpups, shooting mostly layups, were a staggering 21 of 26 in the first half and "cooled" in the second half to finish 33 of 45.

The reserves played out the fourth quarter as 10 subs took to the court in two waves.

"I thought we had a really good start, in particular, I thought Jacob Loecker had his best defensive game, I thought Marcus (McDaniel) had his best defensive game," Kinnamon said.  "Obviously our length did bother them. We had a ton of assists tonight, Ben (Pyle) had a ton of assists. I thought we played pretty well from top to bottom tonight."

Drew Pyle finished with 27 points in three quarters, while Ben Pyle added 13, though it was his passing that caused Kinnamon to light up. Time and again, he was able to see over the Viking defense to deliver pinpoint passes and didn't miss a shot from the floor.

Wine and McDaniel scored 10 points apiece. Winfield spent most of the game turning it over against the MHS trap, getting only 28 shots off.

MHS, now 5-1, goes to Augusta on Friday.

The MHS JVs slogged to a 56-51 victory behind 12 points by Jake Alexander and 10 by Paxton Leaf. The freshmen had nice balance in a 65-37 rout, as Gabe Hoover scored 19, Brandon Wilson and Jace Kinnamon furnished 11 apiece and Kyler Hoppes supplied 10.

MHS (81) — McDaniel 4-7, 2-2, 10; Brossard 1-1, 0-0, 2; Loecker 2-3, 1-2, 5; D. Pyle 12-17, 2-2, 27; Jake Alexander 2-2, 0-0, 5; B. Pyle 5-5, 2-3, 13; Malm 1-1, 0-0, 2; Wine 3-4, 4-7, 10; Jayse Alexander 1-2, 0-0, 2; Labertew 2-3, 1-3, 5. Totals — 33-45, 12-19, 81. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 1, Jake Alexander 1, B. Pyle 1.

Winfield (31) — Phetvixay 0-2, 0-0, 0; Weathers 2-7, 0-0, 6; Hoffman 5-9, 2-4, 13; Mays 1-4, 2-2, 4; Moyer 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hopkins 0-0, 1-2, 1; M. Everett 1-1, 2-2, 4; A. Everett 1-3, 1-2, 3. Totals — 10-28, 8-12, 31. 3-pointers — Weathers 2, Hoffman 1.

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MHS JV (56) — Labertew 2, Brossard 6, Jake Alexander 12, Lackey 6, Hoppes 5, Spaich 6, Leaf 10, Seidl 2, Jayse Alexander 3, Gerbrandt 4.

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MHS 9th (65) — Brossard 2, Wilson 11, Hoppes 10, Hoover 19, Kinnamon 11, Avila 9, Trost 3.


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