MHS boys roll; Pyle goes over 1,000

By Steve Sell
February 16, 2016
Kendall Shaw

A minute into Tuesday's game with El Dorado, McPherson High All-Stater Drew Pyle crumpled to the floor.

The rollicking Roundhouse immediately went from deafening to deafening silence.

"It wasn't good, obviously," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said of his thoughts when he saw his standout player on the court for more than a half-minute. "It's something he's had before, so it's not uncommon But he's stiff and a little sore."

Fortunately, it was just a knee bruise and Pyle was able to return. By the time the night was over he had joined the MHS 1,000-point club as he tallied 20 to move to 1,004 for his career. Most of them Tuesday came from beyond the arc as he again grooved it by making 6 of 9.

It was part of a running-clock 72-33 victory as MHS is now 16-1 on the year with former No. 1 arch-rival Hutchinson coming to town on Friday for homecoming.

Pyle, who made three 3-pointers in a row to start the second half, is now No. 10 on the all-time MHS scoring list, as he move ahead of Jamie Crist, who finished with 995.

"It is a great honor, a great accomplishment to score 1,000 points," Kinnamon said.

Also for the Bullpups, springy Ben Pyle scored 14 points, including three dunks. Marcus McDaniel had a nice stat line with 10 points, five assists and four steals as he was all over the court, as was Jacob Loecker as both showed total disregard for their own personal safety.

"I thought overall it was a really, really good effort," Kinnamon said. "Sometimes it's hard to have a great effort in a game like that. When you've got a 20-point lead and you've got McDaniel going head over heels diving on the floor to get a ball…  I thought we had a number of guys who did a really good job of hustle plays. Just a lot of things to be happy about."

MHS' JVs rolled to a 51-32 victory as 11 players scored, led by Wyatt Seidl with eight points, one more than Jayse Alexander and Jake Lackey.

The MHS freshmen showed no effects of playing their second game in 24 hours by clock-running the Wildcats, 55-25. Brandon Wilson had another big game with 21 points and Kyler Hoppes chipped in with 14.

MHS (72) — McDaniel 4-7, 0-0, 10; Loecker 2-2, 0-0, 4; D. Pyle 7-12, 0-1, 20; B. Pyle 6-11, 2-2, 14; Labertew 2-3, 0-0, 4; S. Brossard 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jk. Alexander 2-4, 0-0, 4; Spaich 1-1, 0-0, 2; Wine 2-3, 4-4, 8; Seidl 3-5, 0-0, 6. Totals — 29-49, 6-9, 72. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 6, McDaniel 2.

El Dorado (33) — Kimble 1-3, 0-0, 3; Fowler 2-7, 4-5, 9; Michaelis 2-5, 1-1, 5; Burnett 1-3, 0-0, 2; Johnson 2-3, 1-2, 7; J. Koehler 2-3, 0-0, 5; Duryea 0-1, 0-0, 0; Brown 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 11-26, 6-8, 33. 3-pointers — Johnson 2, Kimble 1, Fowler 1, J. Koehler 1.

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MHS JV (51) — Labertew 2, Jk. Alexander 5, Lackey 7, Hoppes 6, Malm 6, Spaich 3, Leaf 1, Seidl 8, Williams 2, Js. Alexander 7, Gerbrandt 4.

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MHS 9th (55) — L. Brossard 3, Strawn 4, Wilson 21, Hoppes 14, Hoover 8, Kinnamon 5.


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