McPherson High’s boys are probably still receiving back slaps and handshakes for winning the McPherson Invitational on Saturday as they completed an outstanding three-day run with a 66-56 victory over Class 6A power Manhattan.
They are certainly well deserved, but now the Bullpups have to get back to work as Tuesday they host a struggling Newton team in a boys-only game at the Roundhouse.
Tip time is 7:30 p.m. after the freshmen and JV games are played. Catch all the varsity action on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Matt Cole on the call.
The Bullpups, now 9-4, are a prime candidate for a letdown, but MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon will hear none of that talk. He knows his team has to be focused and while Newton is just 3-9 after taking seventh place in the Dodge City Tournament, it will get up for the Bullpups as the teams renew their spirited series.
“Newton is a very capable team that has lost some close games,” Kinnamon said. “They have good size, but are very young. Their best player is Ty Berry, who is a freshman.”
Kinnamon said playing at home should be enough for his team to come out ready.
“This is another opportunity to play in front of the best fans in the state, so I would be disappointed with any sort of letdown,” he said.
All the Bullpups need to know is that in 2013, after knocking off state-ranked Shawnee Mission East to win the McPherson Invitational championship, the Bullpups traveled to Circle three days later to take on a one-win Thunderbird team and promptly dropped the biggest egg perhaps in MHS history. That night Kinnamon vowed that he would never have a team go into a game unprepared again.
Following Tuesday, the Bullpups have a long stretch to rest as they don’t play again until Feb. 7 at Great Bend.