8th A-boys notch victory

By Steve Sell
January 13, 2017

After a slow start to their basketball season, McPherson’s eighth-grade A-boys are now past the .500 mark as they eased by Newton 39-32 on Thursday.

The Bullpups are now 5-4. Max Alexander’s 16 points led the way.

“The A-game was one of the most physical games I have ever coached,” MMS coach Tyler Brown said. “And we did not fold under pressure. I was happy to see we matched Newton, a bigger team in the physicality. After a step back at Salina South, I felt like we took another two steps forward in our progress as a team. We showed brilliance collapsing multiple players on their bigs and rebounded against a bigger team very well tonight.”

 The B-team lost for only the second time in nine games, 39-37. EJ Hein had the hot hand with 12 points.

“The B-team was able to close the gap in the fourth quarter led by EJ Hein,” Brown said. “The game came down to the final second and we just fell a bucket short. It was a balanced attack in the B-game though with everyone on the team scoring except one guy.”

MMS is home on Thursday to take on Derby.

MMS A (39) — M. Alexander 16, J. Alexander 7, Pyle 7, Elliott 5, Powell 3, Labertew 1.

MMS B (37) — Hein 12, Gerbrandt 5, Stower 4, Ediger 4, Butler 2, Bauer 2, Gipson 2, Labertew 2, Istas 2, Forkell 2.