Pyle in a zone with 35 as MHS boys roll

By Steve Sell
February 21, 2017

TOWANDA — Give the Circle Thunderbird boys credit, they were certainly a stubborn bunch.

The T-Birds stayed in a zone defense and basically never got out of it and the Bullpups countered by getting the basketball in the middle to Ben Pyle and letting him go to work.

And the 6-7 junior had the full arsenal working on Tuesday, as his craftiness around the basket playing the angles and using his finger rolls led to a 35-point outburst to key a 77-54 Bullpup victory as they are now 9-0 in AVCTL Division III and 15-4 overall after their ninth straight win.

MHS closes out the regular season with Senior Night on Friday against Augusta, which will be no Senior Night at all since it doesn't have any.

Pyle scored 17 points in the first half as MHS led only 37-32, but he really went to town in the third quarter by making 6 of 6 shots and scoring 12 points as the Bullpups went up 15 and the lead only mushroomed from there.

"It was the best job we've done all year getting the ball inside against the zone," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "Did a really good job with that. If you're able to get Ben wide open inside in a zone, it's pretty good. Mason (Alexander) made some shots early to spread that out, then Jake (Alexander) came on and played better."

Mason Alexander buried three 3s in the first quarter, but ran into foul trouble just when he was getting revved up. But he still finished with 16 points and Jake Alexander added 13.

Kinnamon also lauded the play of Drew Labertew and Thomas Diggs, while adding that Jayse Alexander and Wyatt Seidl had some good moments.

"I thought our top seven were pretty good," he said.

Circle sniper Cal Hartley scored 23 points, which was just under his average. But he didn't get a lot of support.

The MHS JVs lost in overtime 76-68 despite having five players in double figures, led by Gabe Hoover with 15. Aron Trost and Brandon Wilson scored 12 apiece, and Kyler Hoppes and Jace Kinnamon added 10 apiece.

The MHS freshmen, playing their sixth game in nine days because of the Hutchinson Invitational, were outlasted 68-62 despite nice balance. Kaleb Hoppes, Kvon Richardson and Cooper Courtney all scored 11 points, while Hayes Schmid and Thatcher Lopez just missed double figures with 9 points apiece.

MHS (77) — Labertew 2-2, 0-0, 5; Hoover 0-1, 0-0, 0; M. Alexander 4-9, 5-6, 16; Jk. Alexander 4-10, 3-4, 13; Diggs 1-2, 0-0, 3; Kinnamon 0-1, 1-2, 1; Pyle 13-23, 7-8, 35; Seidl 1-2, 0-0, 2; Jy. Alexander 1-4, 0-0, 2. Totals — 26-46, 16-21, 77. 3-pointers — M. Alexander 3, Jk. Alexander 2, Pyle 2, Labertew 1, Diggs 1.

Circle (54)  — Hartley 9-20, 1-2, 23; Meier 1-2, 6-6, 9; Warren 1-7, 0-0, 2; Straw 3-10, 4-4, 10; Coulter 1-3, 1-2, 3; Erikson 1-1, 2-2 4; Jernigan 1-2, 0-0, 2; Heatherington 0-1, 1-2, 1. Totals — 17-46, 15-18, 54. 3-pointers — Hartley 4, Meier 1.

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MHS JV (68) — Stufflebean 2, Hoover 15, Myers 3, Kinnamon 10, Ky. Hoppes 10, Wilson 12, Trost 12.

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MHS 9th (62) — Ka. Hoppes 11, Richardson 11, Schmid 9, Lopez 9, Koehn 1, Pyle 8, Stockham 2, Courtney 11.


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