8th boys split with South

By Steve Sell
January 10, 2017

SALINA — Salina South’s eighth-grade A-boys were solid on Monday in a 47-32 victory over McPherson, dropping the Bullpups to 4-4 on the season.

Eli Pyle’s 11 points topped MMS.

“For whatever reason it seems like when a team plays with extreme intensity and energy that it is difficult to repeat it in that same manner in back-to-back games,” MMS coach Tyler Brown said. “We just were flat and didn't seem to have that same bounce in our step that we had when we played Lakewood. Salina South played more zone than I expected, which I felt bothered us. Salina South is one of the best teams in our division and it showed tonight. They were big athletic and can shoot the ball. The matchups against them were extremely difficult for us. If it wasn't for Eli Pyle shooting the ball well it could of been a lot worse than a 15-point loss.  When we do play against the zone we have to be able to pass the ball much better. We had an unbelievable amount of turnovers. We have to treasure the ball and possession at much higher level.”

The B-team is now 7-1 after a 33-22 victory behind 19 points by Adam Elliott.

“The B-team bounced back after its first loss last week,” Brown said. “Adam Elliott played outstanding. In not even two full quarters he lit it up for 19 points. Aaron Powell probably had 4-6 assists to Adam in that timeframe along with scoring 6 of his own points.  Those two continue to spark the B-team in the second half and continue to erase deficits to regain leads and to put us out in comfortable leads. If a few others step up this team is tough to beat.”

The Bullpups host Newton on Thursday.

MMS A (32) — Pyle 11, M. Alexander 8, Powell 5, J. Alexander 5, Hein 3.

MMS B (33) — Elliott 19, Powell 6, Ediger 3, Butler 2, Bauer 2, Gipson 1.