MHS boys swamp Circle

By Steve Sell
January 28, 2014
Cindy Kinnamon-Contributed Photo

It was a war of attrition Tuesday night before the largest Roundhouse crowd of the year, as the McPherson High fans returned en masse and the emotional juice was restored to the grand old building.

MHS' boys were down two of their top reserves in Avery Gabel (flu) and Marcus McDaniel (ankle), not to mention that the Horton twins, Ryan and Peter, gutted it out despite ailing with flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, Circle was missing its two top players, the injured Dylan Driver and the ill Garrett Cannon, who represented the T-Birds' inside game.

So in the non-full-strength game, the Bullpups were able to run away and hide 66-32 to avenge last year's stunning loss at Towanda.

MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team is now 11-1, was somewhat disappointed that the Bullpups couldn't catch the T-Birds at full strength, but was proud of the effort anyway.

"I thought our kids came out and played pretty well and took care of business in the first half," Kinnamon said. "Considering we had a little adversity with some sickness and so forth. I'm pretty pleased with that."

MHS came out raining 3-pointers, knocking down 6 of 11 to key a 38-19 first-half doubling. Drew Pyle sizzled with 13 points, including three of the treys. He scored 11 points in the second quarter to really kick-start the rout as the Bullpups doubled the T-Birds in the period, 22-11. MHS had another terrific run in the third quarter, scoring the final 12 points, before Kinnamon emptied the bench.

Peter Horton finished with a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Pyle scored 17 and Kyler Kinnamon added 16, along with seven assists and six steals. Pyle came up with three steals as his defense seems to get better every game.

In an exciting JV game, the Bullpups held off a furious T-Bird rally for a 47-44 victory, clinched on a steal by Kolby Reed as time was running down. Spenser Wine's 14 points topped the Bullpups.

In the freshman game, MHS had two players in the 20-point club as Brock Malm scored 22 and Casen Hoover added 20 in a 69-50 Bullpup victory. Caleb Spaich tallied 12 points.

MHS has a big week coming up, going to Andale on Tuesday and Dodge City on Friday.

MHS (66) — Reed 0-1, 0-0, 0; Smith 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 1-2, 0-0, 2; Pyle 7-12, 0-0, 17; Kinnamon 6-9, 1-2, 16; R. Horton 3-7, 0-1, 6; P. Horton 8-13, 1-1, 18; Stiebens 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wine 1-3, 2-2, 4; Nutter 1-5, 1-1, 3. Totals — 27-54, 5-7, 66. 3-pointers — Pyle 3, Kinnamon 3, P. Horton 1.

Circle (32) — Kirkpatrick 1-3, 0-0, 3; Fowler 2-5, 0-0, 6; Hartley 3-7, 2-2 11; Horyna 0-2, 1-2, 1; Smith 2-6, 0-0, 4; Richard 2-5, 0-0, 4; Parr 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wallace 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wright 1-3, 1-3, 3. Totals — 11-33, 4-7, 32. 3-pointers — Hartley 3, Fowler 2, Kirkpatrick 1.

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MHS JV  (47) — Reed 7, Smith 8, Loecker 7, Malm 5, Stieben 1, Gerbrandt 5, Wine 14.

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MHS 9th (69) — Kirchner 5, Leaf 3, Malm 22, Hoover 20, Arbuckle 5, Gerbrandt 1, Polasek 1, Spaich 12.


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