Cold-shooting MHS boys lose to Andale

By Steve Sell
January 13, 2017
Kendall Shaw

This wasn't the way McPherson High's boys were wanting to go into next week's McPherson Invitational.

After playing arguably their best game of the year on Tuesday in a rout of Augusta, the Bullpups were the polar opposite here Friday as they were behind all night against once-beaten Andale, including the end as the Indians came away with a 53-43 victory.

After shooting lights-out from 3-point on Tuesday by making 12 of 21, MHS did little damage from beyond the arc by making 4 of 21 while the Indians were 9 of 17.

"We're certainly disappointed with the outcome," said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team had its three-game winning streak snapped. "We talked about it a little bit on Tuesday about how it (shooting) comes and goes and how defensively you're going to have to make stops. I thought to Andale's credit, they did a great job of screening. There's really three reasons you get caught on a screen — No. 1 you're not aware enough, No. 2 you don't communicate well enough and No. 3 you're not tough enough. And I thought all three of those things happened tonight."

The loss dropped the Bullpups to 6-4 and not since 2006 have they entered Invitational play with that many defeats, though that year ended up with the team taking third in the state. They have a difficult challenge on Thursday as they take on Shawnee Mission East, a solid Class 6A team.

Amazingly, the Bullpups led only once and that was 1-0 at the start. MHS managed only 6 first-quarter points as the Indians doubled it, but a Ben Pyle 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer cut it to 26-24 at the half. However, Andale came out strong in the third quarter and while it led by only four going into the final period, MHS never put together that one run that would allow it to overtake the Indians.

Jake Alexander led MHS with 16 points and Pyle scored 15. The Bullpups were just 18 of 47 from the field.

Freshman Easton Hunter and backcourt mate Brody Jobbins lit MHS up for 17 and 16 points, respectively, combining for 9 of 14 from 3-point.

"Whereas they shot open 3s, we're shooting contested 3s off no action (screening)," Kinnamon said. "That makes a difference."

The MHS JVs won a low-scoring game 44-28 behind 12 points by Kyler Hoppes.

In the ninth-grade game, the Bullpups had terrific balance as four players hit for double figures in a 60-46 victory. Sam Pyle’s 16 points led the way, while Cooper Courtney and Hayes Schmid tallied 12 and Kaleb Hoppes furnished 10.

MHS (43)— Labertew 0-1, 0-0, 0; M. Alexander 2-9, 1-2, 5; Jk. Alexander 7-16, 0-0, 16; Diggs 2-2, 0-0, 4; B. Pyle 6-18, 2-4, 15; Jay. Alexander 1-1, 0-0, 3. Totals — 18-47, 3-6, 43. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 2, B. Pyle 1, Jay. Alexander 1.

Andale (53) — Jobbins 6-11, 0-0, 16; Hunter 6-0, 0-2, 17; Bruce 2-3, 0-1, 4; G. Fairchild 1-3, 1-2, 3; M. Fairchild 3-4, 0-2, 6; Urbanek 0-2, 0-0, 0; Albers 1-1, 0-0, 2; Carney 1-5, 3-6, 5. Totals — 20-38, 4-13, 53. 3-pointers — Hunter 5, Jobbins 4.


MHS JV (44) — Hoover 2, Myers 4, Kinnamon 8, Ky. Hoppes 12, Wilson 5, Trost 6, Seidl 7.


MHS (60) — Hoppes 10, Richardson 7, Schmid 12, Lopez 1, Koehn 2, Courtney 12, S. Pyle 16.