MHS boys crush Cowboys

By Steve Sell
December 12, 2017

ABILENE — The Abilene boys were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

McPherson High, coming off a bitterly disappointing two-point loss to defending state champion Bishop Miege, took out its frustration on Abilene in the first half on Tuesday with near-perfect execution to lead 52-15 and then played out the string for a 73-31 rout to improve to 3-1 on the year.

The Bullpups came out flawlessly, making 18 of 30 shots in the first half, with Mason Alexander scoring 19 points, Jake Alexander tallying 12 and Ben Pyle chipping in with 12 more. The Bullpups took apart the Cowboys' 2-3 zone by knocking down 8 3-pointers in the 16 minutes.

"A lot of them (the baskets) were assisted," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said of his team's white-hot shooting as it finished the game 27 of 49 and 10 of 12 at line. "Mason got really hot. With Ben's college coach (from Western Illinois) coming in, he could have tried to do a lot on his own and I thought he did a great job and he had a lot of assists tonight. I thought he showed his overall game. I thought Jake was really good… it's hard to find anything wrong with the first half (from all players)."

The Bullpups' defense led to their huge bulge.

"A big emphasis was don't let them run their offense," Kinnamon said. "I think the first half they couldn't even call their offense, we did such a good job of getting out and denying. That's how we're going to have to play against really good teams. Really happy with that."

Mason Alexander went on to finish with 26 points, Pyle had 17 and Jake Alexander had 16 as the Big 3 again led the way.

"That's about as good of a first half as you'll see from an offensive and defensive standpoint," Kinnamon said. "Everybody contributed, which is what I like to see. I was little worried because yesterday we weren't great in practice. To come out and have pretty good focus after what was a really good disappointment, those guys showed good character and went back to work."

MHS is home on Friday to take on Winfield.

The MHS JVs were given a push throughout the night and hung on for a 43-41 victory. Max Alexander led a balanced attack with 11 points.

The ninth-graders rode a 24-point performance by Eli Pyle and 13 more by Jayton Alexander for a 54-42 victory.

MHS (73) — Labertew 2-3, 2-3, 6; Stufflebean 1-3, 0-0, 2; Mas. Alexander 10-15-1,1 26; Jk. Alexander 6-9, 2-2, 16; Diggs 0-2, 0-0, 0; Kinnamon 0-0, 1-2, 1; B. Pyle 6-11, 4-4, 17; Trost 0-3, 0-0, 0; Jay. Alexander 1-1, 0-0, 3; Courtney 1-1, 0-0, 2; Mx. Alexander 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 27-49, 10-12, 73. 3-pointers — Mas. Alexander 5, Jk. Alexander 2, Jay. Alexander 1, Pyle 1.

Abilene (31) — Hartman 0-2, 1-2, 1; Wildman 3-8, 3-8, 9; Barbieri 1-1, 2-2, 5; Beetch 2-5, 2-2, 6; Mayden 1-4, 0-1, 2; Robinson 2-3, 0-1, 4; Boyd 2-4, 0-1, 4. Totals — 11-27, 8-18, 31. 3-pointers — Barbieri 1.

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MHS JV (43) — M. Alexander 11, Stufflebean 3, Schmid 7, Hoover 6, Kinnamon 8, Courtney 4, Trost 4.

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MHS 9th (54) — Butler 3, M. Alexander 13, E. Pyle 24, Powell 5, Gerbrandt 5, Labertew 4.


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