MHS boys slog past Ulysses

By Steve Sell
March 04, 2016

ULYSSES — McPherson High boys basketball coach Kurt Kinnamon asked his team following Friday’s 57-26 sub-state victory over Ulysses whether its effort against the Tigers would have been good enough against Hays.

Not one Bullpup raised their hand.

Granted, the win over Ulysses were a mere formality as the two-time defending Class 4A Division I state champions entered the game 19-1 and the Tigers were 6-14. But that’s almost how the Bullpups treated it as they weren’t all that sharp despite having running clock throughout the fourth quarter.

“To say that I was disappointed with the start was an understatement,” said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, who nearly played his entire roster in the first quarter trying to find a spark as the Bullpups led only 11-8. “I was just looking for a body who wanted to play hard to start with. We went through 11 of ‘em. Obviously we’re going to have to be better tomorrow night. Hays had a tremendously impressive start and blew a 21-point lead and it was something else. They looked very much invincible early and then took so many bad shots that you’re never out of it against them. We hope to play better tomorrow night.”

Drew Pyle carried the MHS load offensively with 20 points, which included five 3-pointers. Spenser Wine chipped with 10. The Bullpups were an uncharacteristic 6 of 14 at the foul line as all night they were just off their game.

Tonight’s game has a scheduled 7:30 start, though it probably will be closer to 7:45 since the MHS girls play their championship game at 6 p.m. against Buhler. All the MHS action can be heard on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Chris Swick on the call.

MHS (57) — D. Pyle 7 1-2 20; Loecker 2 2-4, 6; McDaniel 2 0-0 4; Wine 4 1-2, 10; Alexander 3 0-1 6; Seidl 1 0-0 2; B. Pyle 3 1-2 8; Labertew 0 1-2, 1; Lackey 0 0-1 0. Totals — 22 6-14, 57. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 5, B. Pyle 1, Wine 1.

Ulysses (26) — Ballesteros 2 0-2 4, Zerr 3 1-2 9; Pauda 1 1-2 3; DeLeon 1 1-2 3; Siefuentes 0 0-2 0; Garcia 1 1-2 3; Paul 1 0-2 2; Romero 1 0-0 2. Totals — 10 4-14 26. 3-pointers — Zerr 2.


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