McPherson’s eighth-grade boys suffered their first loss of the basketball season here Monday, losing 37-23 to Derby North as the Bullpups had won four straight games to start the season.
Jayden Dukes topped the Bullpups with 11 points.
MMS coach Tyler Brown expressed disappointment with the outcome, noting Derby North took his team out of its game by slowing the tempo. He added the team struggled from 3-point, while not making a free throw.
There was no B-game. MMS goes on the road Thursday to play Hutchinson.
MMS (23) — Dukes 11, Madron 8, Ruddle 2, Buckbee 2.