Andover upsets MHS' boys

By Steve Sell
December 20, 2016
File, Kendall Shaw

ANDOVER — You have to go back a few years, 18 of them in fact, to find the last time McPherson High's boys were 3-3 after six games.

The Bullpups fell to that .500 mark on Tuesday as a shooting virus circulated through the team in a hard-to-swallow 51-48 loss to Andover, which had entered the game 1-3.

The Bullpups shot just 15 of 45 from the field against the spidery Trojans, whose length on defense never allowed MHS to get into an offensive rhythm.

The loss left McPherson coach Kurt Kinnamon hardly in the Christmas spirit.

"We just didn't finish plays," said Kinnamon, who saw his team miss shot after shot close to the rim down the stretch. "How many easy baskets did we miss? How many passes did we just drop?"

And MHS resorted to shooting the longball, as almost half of its attempts were from beyond the arc, finishing 8 of 22, which really isn't bad but it came in streaks.

The last miss was by Mason Alexander, as MHS still had a chance to tie the game, but the shot drifted left at the buzzer.

At no time did MHS look comfortable against the Trojans "havoc defense," as they borrowed a page from Derby's book by constantly doubling the ball. MHS used a 9-0 run to lead 19-15 after a quarter, but both teams slogged through the second quarter, which ended with MHS up 26-23.

Andover kept MHS' offense in the freezer in the third quarter and inched ahead by period's end for a 36-34 lead, then the Trojans unfurled a 7-0 lick to start the fourth quarter to stretch it out to a nine-point lead. MHS battled back and pulled within 49-48 on a Ben Pyle free throw with 12 seconds left. After two free throws by Nathan Hammar put Andover up 51-48, MHS didn't get a real good look at the tying 3 and Mason Alexander had to force up his shot.

"We've got defend better. How many loose balls did we get tonight?" Kinnamon said. "We've got to do little things to help you win."

Ben Pyle scored 16 and Mason Alexander added 11, while Chase Oberg led Andover with 13.

In the ninth-grade game, Sam Pyle’s layup with 4 seconds left gave McPherson a 54-53 victory. Kvon Richardson had the hot hand with 24 points and Hayes Schmid chipped in with 11.

The JV box was not available.

MHS is now off until Jan. 3 when it goes on the road to take on arch-rival Buhler.

MHS (48) — Labertew 1-2, 2-2, 5; M. Alexander 2-13, 6-6, 11; Jk. Alexander 3-9, 0-0, 8; Diggs 1-4, 0-0, 2; Pyle 6-13, 2-3, 16; Jay. Alexander 2-4, 0-0, 6; Seidl 0-0, 0-2, 0. Totals — 15-45, 10-13, 48. 3-pointers — Pyle 2, Jk. Alexander 2, Jay. Alexander 2, M. Alexander 1, Labertew 1.

Andover (51) — Lenz 1-4, 0-0, 2; Wilson 1-5, 1-2, 3; Hammar 2-5, 4-4, 9; N. Kellerman 5-6, 0-2, 10; Herrs 3-8, 0-0, 6; Wreath 4-4, 0-1, 8; Oberg 4-10, 1-3, 13. Totals — 20-42, 6-12, 51. 3-pointers — Oberg 4, Hammar 1.


MHS 9th (54) — Richardson 24, Hoppes 3, Schmidt 11, Lopez 2, Koehn 2, Stockham 3, Courtney 2, Pyle 7.