WINFIELD — There were some who thought that McPherson High’s boys might be entering the danger zone Friday night since the Winfield Vikings were regarded as the Bullpups’ top challenger in the AVCTL Division III race.
The Bullpups, however, turned Ollie Thomas Gymnasium into a no-danger zone.
In their most thorough performance of the year, the undefeated and No. 1-ranked Bullpups dismantled Winfield 75-38 and a running clock would have been employed if the rule existed in the AVCTL like it does in some other leagues.
It was the Bullpups’ third win in the last four days and pushed their record to 6-0. MHS basically hasn’t been tested in three games of D-III play, though El Dorado, which has been ranked this season, still looms within the next week.
MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon could find little fault with his team, which followed its recent modus operandi by jumping all over the Vikings early. It was 16-3 after a quarter and 37-20 by half, even though the Vikings did shoot 50 percent. Trouble was, it was turning it over about every other possession.
Kyler Kinnamon did not score in the first quarter, but heated up in a hurry by scoring 14 points in the second period on his way to 24 for the game, not to mention several did-he-really-do-that assists.
“Well, he sets a pretty high standard,” Kurt Kinnamon said. “The best thing about him is that he’s probably his most harshest critic and I appreciate that out of him.”
But the MHS coach quickly added it was a complete team effort. Nathan Nutter continues to emerge as a solid player by scoring a career-high 14 points, while 10 Bullpups in all scored during the laugher.
“We had several compliments how we played last night and how we shared the ball and how it was pretty basketball,” Kinnamon said. “And I think it was pretty basketball again tonight. Very unselfish basketball.”
Will Adler, who entered the week as D-III’s top scorer, led the Vikings with 14 points, but was scoreless in the first quarter when the shape of the game was being determined. Jacob Dennett added 11, including seven of the Vikings’ first nine points.
The Bullpups are back home Tuesday to play Rose Hill before going to El Dorado on Friday to complete the first go-around in league play.
“Honestly, we’re better right now than I thought we would be,” said Kinnamon, who has only two seniors and two juniors who play key minutes, while it’s all sophomores after that. “I think this team has got a chance to be pretty good. I’m pretty excited about ‘em.”
MHS (75) — Kinnamon 24, Nutter 14, Pyle 7, R. Horton 6, P. Horton 6, Wine 6, Barrett 5, Gabel 4, Loecker 2, Reed 1.
Winfield (38) — Adler 14, Dennett 11, Mays 6, Harper 3, Haney 2, Bertholf 2.