MHS boys stunningly blow out Buhler

By Steve Sell
February 26, 2016
Cindy Kinnamon-Contributed Photo

BUHLER — Very few of the some 2,000 fans who squeezed into Jim Baker Field House on Friday for the AVCTL Division III championship showdown probably ever imagined in the fourth quarter that the clock would be running continuously.

The game, which would determine whether McPherson High would win the title outright or Buhler would burst the Bullpups' bubble for a share, didn't deliver on the pre-game hype as MHS took it by the throat late in the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas for a stunning 67-38 victory.

MHS goes 10-0 in D-III play, Buhler 8-2 — with both losses to the Bullpups. The 'Pups also are the No. 1 seed for next week's sub-state at Ulysses, while Buhler and Hays are going to have a donnybrook in the other semi as three of the state's Top 10 teams have unfortunately been placed in the same sub-state.

The Bullpups were simply impeccable, knocking down 27 of 39 floor shots, led by an 11-of-13 effort by Drew Pyle as he carved out a 27-point night.

In Buhler's defense, star guard Noah Webster played about 10 minutes, basically none in the second half as he had been ill much of the week and simply wasn't himself, finishing with two free throws. 

But the way the Bullpups played in their showdown game, a healthy Webster probably wouldn't have changed the outcome.

MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said it all started with defense, which never allowed Webster and the athletically gifted Jace Williams to get untracked in the first half.

"It was really good," he said of the way his team guarded. "If they don't make some shots, some tough shots, it's even different. I'm happy just with how we played overall. What a great environment for a high school game."

An 11-2 run to close out the first quarter was followed by a 16-11 second quarter for a 39-21 halftime lead, with Pyle scoring 16 points. The third quarter perhaps typified the evening as Buhler managed just four points and the clock went unabated the final 4 minutes.

Ben Pyle finished with 15 points. Tanner Lackey led Buhler with 13 and Spenser Wine's defense on Williams held him to six. 

The MHS JVs lost 84-75, with Jake Alexander, Brock Malm and Caleb Spaich all scoring 14.The freshmen finished their season with a 53-42 victory behind 15 points by Kyler Hoppes and 11 by Jace Kinnamon.

MHS (67) — McDaniel 2-3, 2-4, 6; Labertew 2-2, 0-0, 5; Loecker 2-4, 0-0, 4; D. Pyle 11-13, 2-2, 27; Jk. Alexander 1-2, 0-0, 3; B. Pyle 6-9, 1-2, 15; Wine 1-3, 1-2, 3; Seidl 2-3, 0-2, 4. Totals — 27-39, 6-12, 67. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 3, B. Pyle 2, Labertew 1, Jk. Alexander 1.

Buhler (38) — Wedel 1-4, 0-0, 3; Lackey 3-5, 5-10, 13; Van Dyke 1-1, 0-0, 3; Joyce 1-3, 0-0, 3; Webster 0-6, 2-4, 2; Tipton 1-1, 0-0, 2; Dy. Brown 0-6, 2-2, 2; E. Brown 1-4, 1-2, 4; Williams 3-7, 0-0, 6; Dalt. Brown 0-2, 0-2, 0; Smyres 0-2, 0-0, 0. Totals — 11-41, 10-18, 38.  3-pointers — Lackey 2, Wedel 1, Van Dyke 1, Joyce 1, E. Brown 1.

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MHS JV (74) — Labertew 2, Jk. Alexander 14, Lackey 2, Hoppes 6, Malm 14, Spaich 14, Williams 4, Seidl 9, Js. Alexander 5, Gerbrandt 2.

MHS 9th (53) — Stegman 2, Wiard 9, Wilson 6, Hoppes 15, Hoover 4, Kinnamon 11, Avila 6.


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