MHS eases by Newton by 12

By Steve Sell
January 24, 2017

It had trap game written all over it.

But McPherson High's boys refused to get caught.

Gritty Newton certainly didn't play like a struggling team here Tuesday, pushing the Bullpups all night long before MHS came away with a 65-53 victory to improve to 10-4 as they now get 2 weeks off.

"They hung tough the whole game," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "They're really good. (Freshman Ty) Berry is as good as anybody we'll face. He's a really, really good player and they have pieces around him with some size. Give them credit, I'm not going to take anything away from them. They played very well."

The silky ninth-grader did his best to keep Newton in it with 21 points, but the Railers had no answer for MHS' Ben Pyle, who had it all going on by making 10 of 15 shots, 5 of 6 from 3-point and 4 of 5 at the line for 29 points, 23 in the second half.

"He shot it well from the perimeter," Kinnamon said. "Mason (Alexander) having 9 assists is also a great line."

Another Alexander, Jake, furnished 19 points and just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds. 

After shooting just 34 percent in the first half, MHS lit it up for 14 of 24 in the second half for 58 percent. The Bullpups had led only 24-21 at the half and it was still just 42-37 going into the final quarter before Pyle took over, scoring 11 points in the last 8 minutes.

Kinnamon said his team had to overcome some sickness and said, "Honestly, I'm just glad to get out of here with a win."

He added the 14 days until the Great Bend road game might be a blessing. "It's going to take us a week to recover from this (four games in the last six days)."

The MHS JVs and Newton played a defensive battle as a Kyler Hoppes layup broke a 31-all tie and Aron Trost made a free throw with 3.6 seconds left for a 34-31 victory. Jace Kinnamon led MHS with 8 points

Excellent balance enabled the McPherson ninth-graders to outlast the Railers, 50-47. Cooper Courtney’s 11 points led the way, one more than Sam Pyle and Hayes Schmid. Kvon Richardson just missed doubles with 9, one more point than Kaleb Hoppes.

MHS (65) — Labertew 0-1, 0-0, 0; M. Alexander 3-9, 2-4, 8; Jk. Alexander 7-15, 3-6, 19; Diggs 1-3, 0-0, 2; B. Pyle 10-15, 4-5, 29; Seidl 0-3, 0-0, 0; Jy. Alexander 2-4, 2-4, 7. Totals — 23-50, 11-18, 65. 3-pointers — B. Pyle 5, Jk. Alexander 2, Jy. Alexander 1.

Newton (53) — Kelley 1-2, 2-2, 4; Valdez 2-7, 2-4, 6; Ahrens 4-10, 0-0, 10; Berry 6-17, 6-7. 21; Peterson 4-8, 3-3, 11; Neufeld 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schroeder 0-2, 1-2, 1. Totals — 17-48, 14-18, 53. 3-pointers — Berry 3, Ahrens 2.

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MHS JV (34) — Trost 5, Stufflebean 5, Myers 2, Kinnamon 8, Ky. Hoppes 6, Seidl 4, Ka. Hoppes 2, Richardson 2.

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MHS 9th (50) — Hoppes 8, Richardson 9, Schmid 10, Courtney 11, Pyle 10, Koehn 2.


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