Pyles put on amazing shooting display

By Steve Sell
February 12, 2016
File -Kendall Shaw

ROSE HILL — Drew Pyle and not-so-little brother Ben turned McPherson High's game with Rose Hill on Friday into their own personal game of HORSE.

In one of the most phenomenal shooting exhibitions in MHS history, the brothers Pyle combined to make 14 of 16 first-half shots, with 9 of 11 from 3-point, as they combined for 39 points.

That was more than Rose Hill scored for the entire game.

The Bullpups went on to win 70-34 as the Pyles basically took the second half off. Drew didn't add to his 21 first-half points and Ben tacked on two free throws after the break to finish with 20.

As a team, MHS was 17 of 22 in the first half, 10 of 13 from 3-point.

"Ben hasn't been shooting it particularly well in practice," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "So I was watching him warm up and he couldn't hit anything."

That all changed when the bright lights came on.

"He (Ben) is a really good rhythm shooter and he hopped a catch and I'm sure the basket looked like a 50-gallon drum to him," Kinnamon said. "Drew the same way. If you shoot 17 of 22 and 10 of 13 from 3 there's a pretty good chance you're going to beat people."

Drew was 8 of 9 in the first half, 5 of 6 from 3. Ben was 6 of 7, 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Not only were they 3s, but they were from NBA range.

MHS led 48-17 at the half and got it to running clock for the fourth quarter. The Bullpups did cool off to finish 22 of 36 as there was simply no way they were going to continue the pace. They finished 12 of 20 from 3.

The highlight for Rose Hill was Parker Austin making a near 65-foot shot at the end of the third quarter, one of the longest ever made against the Bullpups.

The MHS JVs routed the Rockets 73-40 as 13 players scored, led by Jake Alexander with 14 points, and Jake Lackey and Paxton Leaf with 10 apiece.

In the freshman game, Kyler Hoppes went off for 27 points to spark the Bullpups to a 55-34 rout. Aren Trost was next with seven.

The Bullpups are back home on Tuesday to take on El Dorado.

MHS (70) — McDaniel 1-4, 0-0, 3; Labertew 2-2, 0-0, 5; Brossard 1-1, 0-0, 2; Loecker 1-2, 2-3, 4; D. Pyle 8-10, 0-0, 21; Jk. Alexander 1-3, 2-2, 5; Lackey 0-2, 0-0, 0; B. Pyle 6-7, 4-4, 20; Spaich 0-0, 1-2, 1; Wine 1-3, 5-6, 7; Seidl 1-2, 0-1, 2. Totals — 22-36, 14-18, 70. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 5, B. Pyle 4, McDaniel 1, Alexander 1, Labertew 1.

Rose Hill (34) — Nolan 0-0, 0-1, 0; Bonar 3-9, 0-0, 6; Austin 3-8, 1-2, 9; Cotton 2-4, 0-0, 5; G. Moore 1-5, 0-0, 2; Pfaff 0-3, 0-0, 0; A. Moore 1-1, 0-0, 2; Forsberg 2-2, 5-6, 9; Knight 0-0, 1-2, 1. Totals — 12-32, 7-11, 34. 3-pointers — Austin 2, Cotton 1.

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MHS JV (73) — Labertew 8, S. Brossard 4, Jk. Alexander 14, Lackey 10, Hoppes 5, Spaich 2, Leaf 10, Williams 2, Seidl 2, Js. Alexander 3, Gerbrandt 2, Wills 3, Kinnamon 2. 6 points unaccounted for.

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MHS 9th (55) — L. Brossard 1, Strawn 2, Wiard 6, Hoppes 27, Burns 2, Kinnamon 6, Avila 4, Trost 7.


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