MHS boys methodically dissect Newton

By Steve Sell
January 23, 2018

NEWTON — It basically was the McPherson High boys against Newton's Ty Berry on Tuesday.

Berry tried mightily to keep the Railers in the game with a 28-point outburst on Tuesday, but as the old saying goes one player can't beat five as the Bullpups' balanced attack propelled them to a 71-52 victory over their one-time most-fiercest rival.

MHS improved to 13-1 and now goes on a two-week furlough as it doesn't play again until Feb. 6 when it hosts Great Bend as it has the rest of this week off and all of next week.

It certainly earned the vacation after four wins in six days.

"I thought we did a good job overall," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "I would have liked to have played more man-to-man defense. I think probably if Jake (Alexander) was a little healthier (he sprained an ankle last week), we could have done a little better job of guarding Berry."

The smooth 6-4 sophomore guard was 10 of 16 from the field and scored 15 points in the first half, 13 after the break. He has scored 51 points in two games against the Bullpups in his career.

But his individual performance was dwarfed by the precision of the Bullpups, who time and again shredded the Newton defense for easy layups.

The Bullpups had a triple-threat attack with Ben Pyle scoring 18 (14 in the second half), Jake Alexander 17 and Mason Alexander 15, while Thomas Diggs just missed double figures with 9 for one of his best games of the year.

"Overall that's about a 'C'. A 'C" is passing," said Kinnamon, who was a pretty tough grader. "Our goal was really, honestly, to get through tonight. It really was. With as much sickness and Jake's ankle and different little things — bangs and bruises and stuff — that was our goal and for the most part we did that."

The Bullpups never trailed in the game, but it took them a while to gain a comfortable advantage. Berry hit a 3 at the halftime buzzer to pull the Railers within 33-24, but MHS had a big third quarter as it outscored the Railers 21-11.

The MHS JVs pushed their game into running clock after three quarters as they blew out the Railers, 54-19. Cooper Courtney and Aren Trost topped the Bullpups with 10 points apiece.

MHS’ freshmen also had their game into running clock as they pulled away for a 61-29 victory. The Bullpups had quartet of double-figure scorers, led by Adam Elliott with 16. Also in doubles were Aaron Powell (13), Jayton Alexander (12), and Eli Pyle (11).

MHS (71) — Labertew 1-1, 1-2, 3; Stufflebean 0-2, 0-0, 0; Mas. Alexander 5-8, 2-2, 15; Jk. Alexander 7-12, 0-0, 17; Diggs 4-5, 0-0, 9; Kinnamon 0-1, 0-0, 0; Pyle 8-12, 2-2, 18; Trost 2-3, 0-0, 4; Jays. Alexander 0-2, 2-2, 2; Hoppes 1-2, 0-0, 3. Totals — 28-48, 7-8, 71. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 3, Mas. Alexander 3, Diggs 1, Hoppes 1.

Newton (52) — Presley 1-2, 0-0, 3; Valdez 1-5, 0-0, 2; Krogmeier 2-5, 1-2, 7, Jones 2-5, 0-0, 4; Berry 10-16, 4-4, 28; Peterson 3-7, 2-4, 8; Hampton 0-2, 0-0, 0. Totals — 19-42, 7-10, 52. 3-pointers — Berry 4, Krogmeier 2.

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MHS JV (54) — Mx. Alexander 4, Stufflebean 10, Schmid 2, Hoppes 5, Koehn 2, Kinnamon 5, Courtney 10, Trost 10, Pyle 6.

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MHS 9th (61) — Jayt. Alexander 12, Pyle 11, Powell 13, Elliott 16, Gerbrandt 3, Hardman 4, Labertew 2.


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