3-ball propels MHS boys to 84-50 rout

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2017
Kendall Shaw

The 3-point shot hasn't really been a vital cog in the McPherson High boys' arsenal.

But MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon knew he had the shooters and if they got hot at the same time they could fill it up.

MHS drained 9 treys in the first half here Tuesday against Winfield and it went on for an 84-50 victory for its seventh straight win to move to 13-4 overall.

The Bullpups also kept on top in the AVCTL as they are now 7-0 and remain ahead of Hays and Buhler for the No. 1 seed for the sub-state.

MHS led 45-31 at half as inspired Winfield lit it up for 13 of 23, but wasn't any closer because of 12 turnovers. But a 14-0 'Pup sizz to start the second half took the suspense out of the game.

MHS didn't shoot as many 3s in the second half, but still unloaded for a 30-point third quarter to get the game into running clock. The Bullpups were 12 of 26 for one of their best games of the year from beyond the arc.

"You look at the stat sheet and they go 13 of 23 in the first half. That obviously was disappointing," Kinnamon said. "The thing I challenged them at halftime was, 'each one of you has to decide that my man isn't going to score.' And I thought we did a much better job of that in the second half. We gave up 19 in the second half and that was much better. We were able to come up with a ton of steals."

Ben Pyle was on his way to a special game early with 15 points in the first period, but once he picked up his second foul he slowed down a bit. He had 19 for the half, but then played much more at ease in the second half and finished with 31 points.

Mason Alexander had a fine line with 15 points, 7 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds, while Jake Alexander scored 13 and had 4 assists. The 19 assists total made Kinnamon extremely happy as his team shared the basketball much better than some previous games.

Matt Everett scored 16 to lead the Vikings.

MHS now has a huge challenge coming up on Friday when Buhler comes to town for a game with a myriad of ramifications.

The Bullpup JVs also had an easy time with a 63-32 thrashing, with Brandon Wilson scoring 14 points to lead the Bullpups while Cody Stufflebean added 10.

In the freshman game, the Bullpups swamped the Vikings 33-6 in the first half on their way to a 52-18 victory.

Kaleb Hoppes fired in 20 points to lead MHS and  Stufflebean chipped in with 10.

MHS (84) — Labertew 3-4, 0-0, 6; M. Alexander 6-13, 0-0, 15; Jk. Alexander 5-14, 2-2, 13; Diggs 2-5, 0-0, 4; Pyle 11-16, 4-4, 31; Kinnamon 1-1, 0-0, 2; Ky. Hoppes 2-3, 2-2, 7; Seidl 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jy. Alexander 2-5, 0-2, 6. Totals — 32-62, 8-10, 84. 3-pointers — Pyle 5, M. Alexander 3, Jy. Alexander 2, Jk. Alexander 1, Hoppes 1.

Winfield (50) — Hill 3-8, 0-0, 9; M. Everett 9-13, 1-1, 22; Mays 5-10, 0-2, 11; A. Everett 1-3, 0-0, 2; Phetvixay 0-1, 0-0, 0; Leggett 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hopkins 0-1, 0-0, 0; Burger 1-2, 0-0, 2; Weber 2-3, 0-0, 4; Irwin 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 21-43, 1-3, 50. 3-pointers — Hill 3, M. Everett 3, Mays 1.

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MHS JV (63) — Stufflebean 10, Hoover 4, Myers 7, Kinnamon 6, Ky. Hoppes 5, Wilson 14, Trost 7, Milleson 2, Seidl 8.

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MHS 9th (52) — Ka. Hoppes 20, Stufflebean 10, Lopez 7, Koehn 5, Courtney 6, Whitfield 2, Pyle 2.


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