No. 1 MHS takes down No. 4 Andale

By Steve Sell
January 26, 2016
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High’s boys were in a zone in their game with Andale here Tuesday.

And not the offensive kind.

The Bullpups abandoned their traditional man-to-man defense for a myriad of zones that keyed a 58-43 victory in a matchup of the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A Division I against the No. 4 team in the class.

“You’ve got practice something more than we do to play a good zone,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon chuckled, as he’s been a well-known opponent of playing that defense. “We made the adjustment because it became pretty apparent early on with the way the flow was going to be that we weren’t going to be able handle (6-6 Jeffrey) Ast without being in foul trouble. And so we thought that was the best way to go.”

The Bullpups totally frustrated the Andale big man, who did not make a field goal the entire night and scored his three points at the line.

It looked like a traditional MHS-Andale knockdown-dragout early on as it was 9-7 Indians before the Bullpups unleashed a 10-0 run to finish the quarter, keyed by 3-balls by Drew Pyle and Marcus McDaniel.

MHS was up as many as 15 in the half, 29-14, and still led 33-22 going into the break. It started the second half with an incredible 15-2 run before Andale eventually chipped away, but the deficit was too much.

Drew Pyle scored 13 points, Ben Pyle totaled 11 and Spenser Wine added 10. Jacob Loecker provided huge energy early with three baskets and helped on the defensive dragnet on Ast. The Bullpups again handled the ball like it was guarding the Hope Diamond with just six turnovers, four in the final period.

Clint Walstad scored 14 for Andale and Pete Carney added 11.

The Bullpups, 12-1, are now off until Feb. 5 when they travel to Dodge City.

“They’re tired and rightfully so,” Kinnamon said as his team has played four high-anxiety  games in the last six days. “They’re tired and I’m tired. We’re going to give them a couple of days off and then come back in and have a little running and shooting workout on Friday.”

The MHS JVs were a 59-37 winner behind 10 points by Jayse Alexander. The highlight of the game was a 45-foot shot at the first-quarter buzzer by Jake Alexander, who also threw down a dunk.

The sophomores lost for the first time this year, 41-40. Jace Kinnamon led the team with 12 points and Gabe Hoover tallied 10.

MHS (58) — Labertew 1-2, 0-0, 2; Loecker 3-4, 0-0, 6; D. Pyle 5-11, 0-1, 13; B. Pyle 4-8, 2-3, 11; Wine 3-8, 4-4, 10; McDaniel 3-5, 0-0, 8; Alexander 1-2, 1-2, 3; Leaf 0-0, 1-2, 1; Seidl 2-2, 0-0, 4; Gerbrandt 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 22-43, 8-12, 58. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 3, McDaniel 2, B. Pyle 1.

Andale (43) — Meyer 0-5, 0-0, 0; Carney 4-8, 0-0, 11; Walstad 6-11, 1-1, 14; Bruce 1-2, 0-0, 2; Ast 0-5, 3-6, 3; Dagenais 1-4, 0-0, 3; Urbanek 1-2, 0-0, 2; Cothran 2-2, 2-2, 7; M. Fairchild 0-0, 1-2, 1. Totals — 15-39, 7-11, 43. 3-pointers — Carney 3, Walstad 1, Dagenais 1, Cothran 1.

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MHS JV (59) — Jk. Alexander 9, Lackey 5, Hoppes 8, Malm 5, Spaich 4, Leaf 7, Seidl 5, Js. Alexander 10, Gerbrandt 6.

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MHS 9th (40) — Wiard 9, Hoppes 7, Hoover 10, Kinnamon 12, Trost 2.


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