Miege boys race past Bullpups

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2016
Kendall Shaw

Let the comparisons begin.

There were some McPherson old-timers after Friday night's Bullpup boys' 87-54 loss to Bishop Miege that believe the Stags could very well have stared the legendary 1977 Wichita Heights Falcons right in the eye, the team regarded by almost every expert as the greatest in Kansas history.

Playing at a dizzying pace and markedly better than last year's state championship team even without 6-11 Bol Bol, Miege went by the Bullpups like a blur.

"That's a different basketball team, without a doubt," said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team shot 50 percent in the first half and had only 4 turnovers, only to trail 49-32. 

Ezekiel Lopes, a seldom-used player last year, roasted the nets for 6 3-pointers in the first half and scored 20 of his 22 points as the Stags were 19 of 28 from the field in the first 16 minutes. 

For the game the Stags were 32 of 49 and throwing down dunks left and right. They showed remarkable composure and cohesiveness, as they turned it over only 7 times on the night.

MHS received 24 points from Mason Alexander in his season debut and 22 from Ben Pyle, but the other Bullpups managed only 8. 

In addition to Lopes, bullet-quick point guard Semaj Ray scored 15 points, Francesco Badocchi added 13, and Jeremiah Robinsion Earl and Jeremiah Garrett added 10 apiece. Joseph Gleason, who scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in last year's 10-point championship win over the Bullpups, played only sparingly because of the wealth of talent ahead of him.

"First time in my career we come out in a stinking zone. Boy was that effective," Kinnamon quipped. "We probably didn't get out of it quick enough. We kept thinking they couldn't keep shooting it like that. But they did. They did a great job of shooting it. When you combine size with that type of shooting, that's a pretty tough combination."

The Miege boys won a thrilling JV game 54-48 that went into overtime. MHS was up 41-33 after three quarters, but the Stags charged back.

Kyler Hoppes and Brandon Wilson scored 12 points apiece for the Bullpups and Cody Stufflebean furnished 11.

Miege’s ninth-grade boys used a towering size advantage to come away with a 50-38 victory. 

Cooper Courtney was the leading MHS scorer with 16 points.

MHS, now 1-2 for the first time in 20 years, has no bargain here Tuesday as a strong Abilene team comes to town.

MHS (54) — Labertew 1-2, 1-2, 3; M. Alexander 10-14, 1-2, 24; Jk. Alexander 0-9, 1-2, 1; Diggs 0-2, 0-0, 0; B. Pyle 8-15, 4-8, 24; Hoover 0-1, 0-0, 0; Myers 1-1, 0-0, 2; Ky. Hoppes 1-1, 0-0, 0; Seidl 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 21-46, 7-14 54. 3-pointers — M. Alexander 3, B. Pyle 2.

Miege (87) — Ray 5-8, 5-5, 15; Lopes 7-12, 2-2, 22; Robinson-Earl 3-5, 4-7, 10; Weber 3-4, 0-0, 6; Badocchi 5-6, 3-4, 13; Gleason 2-3, 0-0, 4; Garrett 4-5, 1-2, 10; Early 3-5, 1-1, 7; Jeffries 0-1, 0-0, 0. Pedrotti 0-0, 0-2, 0. Totals — 32-49, 16-23, 87. 3-pointers — Lopez 6, Garrett 1.

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MHS JV (48) — Stufflebean 11, Hoover 2, Kinnamon 9, Ky. Hoppes 12, Avila 2, Wilson 12.

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MHS 9th (38) — Kal. Hoppes 4, Richardson 2, Schmid 9, Stockham 1, Courtney 16, Pyle 6.


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