Bullpup boys race past El Dorado

By Steve Sell
February 09, 2018

For the first 5 minutes on Friday at the Roundhouse, the McPherson High boys appeared to have their minds on homecoming activities and not on El Dorado.

Going up against a Wildcat team it flogged by 44 points in the first meeting, MHS found itself down 10-9 and looking lethargic.

But then the Bullpups' distinct advantage in talent differential took over as they took off on a 19-0 run and any thoughts the Wildcats had of an upset were scuttled.

To the Wildcats' credit, they played a much more competitive game than the first meeting, down only 35-20 at the half, before MHS stepped it up for a 71-32 victory, its 13th in a row.

"They do have the ability to score points in bunches," said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team is now 15-1. "I told the assistants it was 15 (point lead) and then I looked up and the next thing I know it's like 27."

The Bullpups were a ridiculous 12 of 13 from the field in the third quarter as they outscored the Wildcats 28-8 to put the game into running clock

The starters sat down after three quarters with Ben Pyle finishing with 21 points, Jake Alexander tallying 16 and Mason Alexander popping in 13. Kinnamon said there was no point leaving them in the game, fearing injury and the fact the margin was out of hand.

The bench got a lot of time as those players tried their best to impress their coach.

"I thought our bench was pretty good and our intensity was pretty good," Kinnamon said. 

Jarin Koehler, who burned the Bullpups in the first meeting, was held to 11 as Pyle turned up the defense.

"Down at their place Koehler got 23 and I think Ben took it as a challenge and held him to 11 tonight," Kinnamon. "I thought we did a good job (as a team) defensively."

The JV boys were a 62-44 winner behind 14 points by Kyler Hoppes. Ten Bullpups in all scored.

The ninth-graders had tremendous balance in an 82-41 rout. Adam Elliott had it dialed in for 26 points, while Aaron Powell (15), Bryce Labertew (12), Eli Pyle (12) and Jayton Alexander (10) all hit for double figures and Micah Hardman just missed with 9.

MHS heads to Winfield on Tuesday, the precursor to the big rematch on Friday at Buhler.

MHS (71) — Labertew 0-0, 0-2, 0; Ms. Alexander 5-8, 1-3, 13; Jk. Alexander 6-11, 0-0, 16; Diggs 2-4, 0-0, 4; Pyle 9-15, 2-3, 21; Stufflebean 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hoppes 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hoover 0-0, 0-2, 0; Kinnamon 1-3, 2-2, 4; Trost 2-4, 2-2, 6; Jys. Alexander 2-3, 0-0, 5. Totals — 28-50, 7-14, 71. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 4, Ms. Alexander 2, Pyle 1, Jyse. Alexander 1.

El Dorado (32) — Haines 3-7, 1-1, 8; Koehler 4-15, 2-3, 11; Hanks 0-2, 0-0, 0; Armijo 0-1, 1-2, 1; Clausing 4-5, 0-1, 10; Price 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wittum 0-0, 2-2, 2; Wittenberg, 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 11-32, 6-9, 32. 3-pointers — Clausing 2, Haines 1, Koehler 1.

MHS JV (62) — Stufflebean 9, Schmid 8, Hoppes 14, Hoover 3, Kinnamon 6, Courtney 6, Trost 4, S. Pyle 7, Jayt. Alexander 3, Powell 2.

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MHS 9th (82) — Jayt. Alexander 10, E. Pyle 12, Powell 15, Elliott 21, Gerbrandt 3, Hardman 9, Labertew 12.


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