For a quarter here Tuesday night, it appeared the Winfield boys were going to erase the stench of the 75-38 stinker they suffered on their home court to McPherson High last month.
Will Adler buried eight quick points as the Vikings trailed only 16-13 after eight minutes and thoughts of the first game being an aberration appeared very real.
But the Bullpups then turned the clock back to January, as a 20-4 second-quarter blitz was the springboard to a 65-42 rout as they are now 6-0 in AVCTL Division III and 13-1 overall.
"It started on the defensive end by getting steals and making easy plays," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said.
Adler, a pure scorer, did finish with 16 points, but some of those came after the outcome had been decided.
"Drew's (Pyle) second half, I started him on Adler because I wasn't very happy with how he guarded in the first half," Kinnamon said. "I thought he did a really good job on Adler. By far Avery Gabel's best defensive game. (Offensively) we did a good job of sharing it. Ky (Kinnamon) was passing up open shots, but finding guys. We've got to remember, if you'll run up the floor, you're going to get easy shots."
The Bullpups' second quarter was a thing of beauty as they dissected the Viking defense for easy looks and the lead mushroomed quickly to 36-17. Nathan Nutter's off-balance 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer improved the lead to 54-28. Kinnamon was able to employ his bench extensively, knowing his team has back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday, the Thursday matchup a titanic classic with Andale, perhaps the team to beat in Class 4A Division II.
Pyle and Nutter, the two new additions to the starting lineup this season, led MHS with 12 points apiece. Kinnamon scored nine and dished off for eight assists. Peter Horton also scored nine and played only 13 minutes to save him for the rest of the week.
The highlight of the night, though, was senior Keshawn Sewell getting the start. He is out while recovering from a broken leg and started the game on the court near the MHS bench. It was worked out so MHS could foul immediately and Sewell then left to a standing ovation from the appreciative crowd that realized what he has been through.
The MHS JVs more than doubled the Vikings, 56-27. Ten Bullpups scored, led by Kolby Reed's 12 points.
In the ninth-grade game, the Bullpups rode an early hot hand by Jack Reifschneider to a 49-30 victory. Reifschneider went on to finish with 18 points, while Brock Malm chipped in with nine.
McPherson (65) — Reed 1-1, 1-2, 3; Smith 1-1, 0-0, 2; Loecker 1-2, 0-2, 2; Pyle 5-8, 0-0, 12; Kinnamon 2-5, 3-4, 9; R. Horton 1-3, 2-4, 4; P. Horton 3-4, 3-3, 9; Wine 3-3, 2-2, 8; Nutter 5-8, 0-1, 12; Gabel 2-6, 0-0, 4. Totals — 24-41, 11-18, 65. 3-pointers — Pyle 2, Kinnamon 2, Nutter 2.
Winfield (42) — Hoffman 1-1, 0-0, 2; Mays 2-13, 6-6, 10; Woods 2-2, 0-0, 5; Adler 6-12, 2-2, 16; Truitt 1-3, 1-2, 3; Wilson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bertholf 0-2, 0-0, 0; Dennett 3-7, 0-0, 6. Totals — 15-41, 9-10, 42. 3-pointers — Adler 2, Woods 1.
MHS JV (56) — McDaniel 8, Reed 12, Smith 2, Loecker 8, Malm 1, Hoover 2, Gerbrandt 2, Wine 9, Gabel 4, Spaich 8.
MHS 9th (49) — Reifschneider 18, Kirchner 2, Malm 10, Hoover 4, Gerbrandt 6, Spaich 9.