MHS boys breeze by Panthers

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2018

McPherson High's boys were like sleek thoroughbreds here Tuesday waiting to explode out of the starting gates.

Having been off for 2 weeks, the Bullpups had a lot of pent-up energy waiting to be unleashed.

They exploded in the first quarter against Great Bend, racing to a 25-9 lead and used that as a springboard to a 68-38 victory, their 12th in a row to move their overall record to 14-1.

The Bullpups played team basketball in the first half as 12 of their 16 baskets came off assists, with Mason Alexander dealing 7 dimes to go along with his 11 points. Ben Pyle had 3 assists and 3 steals in the half to augment his 15 points.

Pyle went on to finish with an amazing stat line with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Mason Alexander had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists, while Jake Alexander tallied 15. "I thought Jake looked a little more like himself tonight as far as movement," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said as the 6-4 junior is still nagged by an ankle injury.

MHS finished with 20 assists among its 27 baskets.

"That's a really good stat. I like that stat a lot," Kinnamon said. "We always look at the stats at half and saw we had a high number of assists, which is good. Shot the ball well, 27 of 48 and 11 of 22 from 3-point. That's a lot of 3s. But overall I thought we were pretty good."

No Panther scored in double figures as Alex Schremmer led the scoring with 8 points, well off his 17.8 average. Great Bend was 14 of 43 from the field, just 5 of 19 in the second half.

"I was not very pleased in the first half, we gave up 24 and then the second half we gave up 14," Kinnamon said. "That's a much better job defensively."

The MHS JVs were a 66-45 winner behind a balanced offense that featured Jace Kinnamon (14), Cody Stufflebean (11) and Aren Trost (10).

Adam Elliott was on fire in the freshman game, burning the nets for 26 points to help MHS to a 68-46 victory. Eli Pyle and Jayton Alexander provided double-digit complements with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

The Bullpups host El Dorado on Friday.

MHS (68) — Labertew 1-1, 0-0, 2; M. Alexander 5-10, 1-1, 13; Jk. Alexander 6-10, 0-0, 15; Diggs 1-3, 0-0, 3; B. Pyle 9-15, 2-2, 22; Stufflebean 1-1, 0-0, 2; Schmid 1-1, 0-0, 3; Hoppes 1-1, 0-0, 2; Kinnamon 0-1, 0-2, 0; Trost 0-1, 0-0, 0; Jys. Alexander 2-3, 0-0, 6. Totals — 27-48, 3-5, 68. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 3, M. Alexander 2, Pyle 2, Jys. Alexander 2, Diggs 1, Schmid 1.

Great Bend (38) — Esfeld 1-4, 2-2, 4; Ryan 3-7, 0-0, 7; Blessing 1-1, 0-0, 2; Miller 1-7, 1-1, 3; Schremmer 3-12, 0-0, 8; Wondra 1-2, 1-1, 3; Duvel 1-2, 0-0, 3; Kuhlman 1-1, 0-0, 2; Stueder 2-4, 2-2, 6; Brown 0-1, 0-0, 0; Penka 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schmeidler 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 14-43, 6-6, 38. 3-pointers — Schremmer 2, Duvel 1, Ryan 1.

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MHS JV (66) — Stufflebean 11, Schmid 2, Hoppes 4, Koehn 6, Hoover 3, Kinnamon 14, Richardson 1, Courtney 9, Trost 10, S. Pyle 6.

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MHS 9th (68) — Jayt. Alexander 14, E. Pyle 16, Powell 7, Elliott 26, Hardman 3, Labertew 2.


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