MHS boys dissect Circle, 80-44

By Steve Sell
January 05, 2018

TOWANDA — The Big 3 added a fourth member on Friday.

McPherson High's vaunted trio of Mason Alexander (19 points), Ben Pyle (18) and Jake Alexander (16) reunited after an off night on Tuesday against Buhler and they were joined by super sub Jayse Alexander, who added 10 points to the cause as the Bullpups scuttled Circle 80-44 on Friday to set up a showdown with undefeated Augusta on Tuesday at the Roundhouse.

MHS improved to 7-1 while Augusta will bring a 6-0 record to town in the final game of the first round of AVCTL Division III play.

The Bullpups did about anything they wanted against the overmatched T-Birds, who were down 24-10 after just a quarter and 44-24 at the half.

"I just thought everybody played very well," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "I told the guys a reasonable goal tonight was to get 20 assists and I would think we were fairly close to that 20-assist mark."

Kinnamon commended the defensive work of Jake Alexander on Jude Warren as the T-Birds' top scorer, who came into the game averaging almost 24 points, scored only 14. "I thought Jake did an admirable job," Kinnamon said.

Also, the Bullpups stayed within the framework of the offense as they didn't get out of control.

"Sometimes in a game like that it's easy for guys to kind of hunt their own," Kinnamon said, noting the Bullpups didn't get caught up in padding their stats.

The MHS JVs smoked the T-Birds 61-34 behind 16 points by Cooper Courtney, while Hayes Schmid just missed doubles with 9.

In the ninth-grade game, the Bullpups were involved in another close affair, but made enough free throws to secure a 57-52 victory. The Bullpups had a three-pronged attack with Jayton Alexander leading the way with 18, while Eli Pyle and Adam Elliott chipped in with 14 points apiece.

MHS (80)— Labertew 1-2, 0-0, 2; Stufflebean 0-1, 2-2, 2; M. Alexander 8-14, 0-0, 19; Jk. Alexander 6-9, 2-2, 16; Hoppes 1-2, 0-0, 3; Hoover 1-1, 0-0, 3; Diggs 1-1, 1-2, 3; Kinnamon 0-2, 0-0, 0; B. Pyle 5-12, 5-6, 18; Trost 1-2, 0-1, 2; Jy. Alexander 4-6, 2-3, 10; Courtney 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 29-53, 12-16, 80. 3-pointers — M. Alexander 3, B. Pyle 3, Jk. Alexander 2, Hoppes 1, Hoover 1.

Circle (44) — Coulter 1-3, 2-2, 4; Heaterington 0-1, 1-2, 1; Jacobson 1-3, 0-0, 2; Acker 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hollinger 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hanneman 0-1, 0-1, 0; Chaplin 1-1 0-0, 2; Meier 3-5, 3-4, 11; Warren 5-13, 3-4, 14; Allison 1-2, 0-0, 2; Hutson 3-7, 1-2, 8. Totals — 15-38, 10-15, 44. 3-pointers — Meier 2, Warren 1, Hutson 1.

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MHS JV (61) — Mx. Alexander 8, Stufflebean 8, Schmid 9, Hoppes 3, Koehn 4, Kinnamon 5, Courtney 16, Trost 8.

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MHS 9th (57) — Jayton Alexander 18, Pyle 14, Powell 7, Elliott 14, Gerbrandt 4.


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