MHS boys blow out Augusta

By Steve Sell
February 24, 2017

McPherson High's boys and Augusta nearly traded point-for-point in the first quarter here Friday as both teams were 9 of 13 from the field with the Bullpups able to edge ahead 22-19.

But while the Bullpups continued their offensive onslaught, the Orioles couldn't keep up.

After leading 39-27 at the half, the Bullpups socked the Orioles with a devastating 23-5 sizz in the third period and the game had running clock the rest of the way in a 70-36 Bullpup victory.

MHS will take a 10-game winning streak and 16-4 record into next Thursday's sub-state opener at Buhler against Ulysses, while state-ranked teams Hays and Buhler will trade bombs in the other game.

"We made extra passes that led to easy baskets," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "I'm pleased with that. I certainly wasn't pleased with our defense in the first quarter… we got around (the post), didn't have good ball pressure and no help side and consequently (Jonny) Clausing got 12 in the first quarter. That's concerning because Buhler has that (6-7 Grant Owens) in their arsenal."

But the Bullpup defense adjusted and Clausing was relatively silent the rest of the way as he finished with 14.

The Bullpups had one of their best passing nights as time and again they passed up a good shot for a better one, making 28 of 46 shots and had 16 assists as a team.

Ben Pyle led the way with 24 points, while Jake Alexander (14) and Mason Alexander (13) also were in double figures. Pyle had 6 assists, one more than Mason Alexander. Jake Alexander had 3 blocks.

"We did a lot of good things tonight," Kinnamon said as his team had only 6 turnovers. "That's always been something for me, just don't turn the basketball over. Historically if you look at the banners around here, those teams that won were ones that turned the ball over less than 10 times a game."

The MHS JV was ice cold all night and suffered a 37-35 setback. Brandon Wilson led the Bullpups with 11 points. They finished the year 11-6.

The MHS freshmen bounced back from a pair of losses for a season-ending 57-42 victory behind 16 points by Cooper Courtney and 14 by Kvon Richardson. They finished the year with 14-6.

McPherson (70) — Labertew 3-3, 1-2, 8; M. Alexander 6-10, 0-0, 13; Jk. Alexander 6-8, 0-0, 14; Diggs 2-2, 0-0, 5; Pyle 8-14, 8-9, 24; Stufflebean 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hoover 0-1, 0-0, 0; Myers 1-1, 0-0, 2 Kinnamon 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hoppes 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jy. Alexander 1-4, 0-0, 2. Totals — 28-46, 9-11, 70. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 2, Labertew 1, M. Alexander 1, Diggs 1.

Augusta (36) — Whitehead 4-14, 1-2, 13; Burton 2-8, 0-0, 4; Rocheford 0-1, 0-0, 0; Westbrooks 1-4, 0-0, 3; Clausing 7-11, 0-3, 14; Sharp 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jackson 0-1, 2-2, 2; Reynolds 0-1, 0-0, 0; Altenhofen 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 14-42, 3-7, 36. 3-pointers — Whitehead 4, Westbrooks 1.

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MHS JV (35) — Stufflebean 8, Hoover 2, Kinnamon 2, Ky. Hoppes 6, Wilson 11, Trost 4, Seidl 2.

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MHS 9th (57) — Ka. Hoppes 9, Richardson 14, Wankum 3, Schmid 3, Lopez 4, Koehn 1, Stockham 3, Courtney 16, Pyle 4.


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