MHS boys barely get out of Dodge alive

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2016
File Photo-Kendall Shaw

DODGE CITY — Maybe since McPherson High's boys traveled so far West on Friday for their matchup with Dodge City, they were on Mountain Standard Time.

Whatever the reason, the Bullpups' alarm clock didn't sound until the fourth quarter. Down 11 points at the beginning of the period, MHS unleashed a furious rally to get the game tied and eventually triumphed over the 5-9 Red Demons 75-69 in double-overtime.

MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said the only good to come out of the night was that his team won the game.

"They did a really good job of mixing up their defense, it's hard to play against a defense like that," said Kinnamon, whose 13-1 team went up against a variety of zones and junk defenses that included a box-and-1 and triangle-and-2. "We're fortunate to get of here with a win."

What irked Kinnamon most was that his team was pounded on the glass as Dodge City ripped down 37 rebounds to just 23 for the Bullpups, who seemed a step behind all night until they realized their No. 1 ranking was in jeopardy.

"We're lucky to win, there's no other way to say it," Kinnamon said. "The team that played the best tonight didn't win. You get pounded on the glass 37-23? Most nights you're going to lose. That's a recipe on the road to lose."

MHS trailed 23-20 at the half and Dodge finished the third quarter strong to go up 43-32. But the Bullpups then turned up the heat on defense, received some help with an ill-advised technical foul on a Dodge player, while Ben and Drew Pyle both buried late 3s to get the game into overtime. MHS had a 64-62 lead in the first OT, but Dodge's Matt Karns scored with 4 seconds left to force another extra session. There, MHS simply imposed its will to lead by as many as nine.

Drew Pyle scored 27 points, brother Ben added 17, while Jacob Loecker and Spenser Wine tallied 12 apiece. Dayton McGroarty time and again got to the basket unbated to lead Dodge City 20 points.

The MHS JVs won a slow-paced game, 36-29. Kyler Hoppes' eight points led the way.

 Hoppes also was on fire in the freshman game, pouring in 27 points in just three quarters to spark the Bullpups to a 70-42 victory. Aren Trost provided the inside play with 12 points.

The Bullpups are back home Tuesday to take on Great Bend.

MHS (75) — McDaniel 2-12, 0-2, 4; Labertew 1-1, 0-0, 3; Loecker 4-5, 4-4, 12; D. Pyle 10-19, 3-4, 27; B. Pyle 4-8, 7-10, 17; Wine 3-5, 6-8, 12; Seidl 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 24-51, 20-30, 75. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 4, B. Pyle 2, Labertew 1.

Dodge (69) — McGroarty 8-14, 3-3, 20; Unruh 5-8, 0-1, 12; Reid 3-8, 0-0, 9; Walters 3-7, 1-2, 8; Karns 3-5, 2-3, 8; Williams 5-9, 2-5, 12. Totals — 27-51, 8-14, 69. 3-pointers — Reid 3, Unruh 2, McGroarty 1, Walters 1.


MHS JV (36) — Gerbrandt 3, Js. Alexander 6, Seidl 5, Spaich 4, Hoppes 8, Malm 2, Labertew 4, Jk. Alexander 4.


MHS 9th (70) — L. Brossard 2, Wiard 7, Hoppes 27, Hoover 9, Burns 2, Kinnamon 7, Avila 4, Trost 12.