MHS teams play Tuesday at Great Bend

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2017
Kendall Shaw

You remember the McPherson High basketball teams, don’t you?

Bullpup fans will reacquaint themselves with the MHS teams on Tuesday when they travel to Great Bend for the final non-league game of the regular season. MHS wraps up the schedule with games against the five AVCTL Division III teams.

For the MHS boys, it will be the first game in two weeks, for the girls they haven’t played since the final night of the Mid America Classic.

The girls start the action at 6 p.m., with the boys to follow. Catch all the action on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Matt Cole on the call beginning at 5:55.

The girls’ game should be outstanding as Great Bend has a couple of quality players and its losses have been to tremendous competition.

“We are definitely looking forward to getting back on the floor tomorrow night in Great Bend,” said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team is 11-3 on the season. “They really try to put pressure on your defense with the dribble-drive offense and they run it as well as anyone we face. They do a great job of attacking and trying to get to the foul line.”

 Strathman said the 9-5 Panthers, who lead the Western Athletic Conference at 4-0, won’t be intimidated by the Bullpups.

“They have played a lot of very strong non-league teams as four of their losses have been to Manhattan, Leavenworth, Washburn Rural and Derby,” Strathman said. “They also lost to Hays in their preseason tournament, but bounced back to beat them by 15 points in league competition. We know we will really have to be ready to go in order to beat them at their place.”

The MHS boys will feel like they are starting over as they haven’t played since defeating Newton. Great Bend is only 3-11, but has played a lot of teams close.

“Great Bend is a team that is much better than their record indicates,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “Cody Crosby is a good scorer and they have good size with Brayden Smith, who is an Emporia baseball signee I think. They will play a variety of zones to try and keep teams off balance. They have not been beaten badly by anyone. Hopefully the rust will come off quickly. The key for us is going to be attacking the zone from inside out and scoring in transition before the defense is set.”