Amazing 28-1 run sparks MHS boys

By Steve Sell
February 13, 2014
Cindy Kinnamon-Contributed Photo

ANDALE — Kurt Kinnamon had not seen a first half quite like this.

After his McPherson High boys fell behind Andale 7-2 early in a matchup Thursday of teams ranked No. 2 in Class 4A Division I and Class 4A Division II, respectively, the Bullpups reeled off perhaps the most impressive 12 minutes of Kinnamon’s storied 19-year tenure.

MHS outscored Andale 28-1 the rest of the half. That’s not a typo. 28-1. That’s 28 of 29 points for those keeping score at home.

MHS stunningly led 30-8 at the half, taking the normally vociferous home crowd out of the game.

Human nature being what it is, the Bullpups did wobble some in the third quarter, but gained their second wind to finish off a 53-32 beatdown that probably sent a message to other Class 4A contenders.

Kinnamon admitted he could find no fault with the first half, as Andale was just 3 of 16 from the field.

“Really good defensively,” he said. “Really good alertness. Did a good job getting around their bigs, had really good help on the back side. Were able to get some tip aways, if not  interceptions when they tried to throw it over the top, which is really what you have to do against that kind of size.”

MHS basically took the third quarter off offensively, being outscored 13-5, and Andale got as close as 35-24, but Kyler Kinnamon’s fourth trey of the game stopped the bleeding and the Bullpups then went on a 9-1 run to alleviate what few doubts had crept in.

The game pitted two of 4A’s best guards, Kinnamon and Hunter Knoblauch. Kinnamon finished with 17 points and held Knoblauch to 10.

"Kyler doesn’t play against a lot of guys who are stronger than he is,” Kinnamon said. “Knoblauch is stronger physically. So he got a little frustrated a little bit with the physical play. Knoblauch is stronger, but Kyler is quicker.”

Spenser Wine was immense off the bench with 12 points and Ryan Horton chipped in with 11.

“Spenser did a fantastic job, by far his best game he’s ever had,” Kinnamon said. “It was good to see Ryan knock in some 3s. Just a really good overall team effort.”

The MHS JVs prevailed in overtime 59-56 as Avery Gabel funneled in 25 points. The ninth-grade scorebook was not available.

MHS, now 14-1, hosts a potentially dangerous El Dorado team Friday night.

MHS (53) — Pyle 2-6, 2-2, 7; Kinnamon 5-8, 3-4, 17; R. Horton 4-5, 1-2, 11; P. Horton 1-2, 2-2, 4; Wine 4-4, 4-5, 12; Nutter 0-4, 0-0, 0; Gabel 0-0, 2-2, 2. Totals — 16-29, 14-17, 53. 3-pointers — Kinnamon 4, R. Horton 2, Pyle 1.

Andale (32) — Albert 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bruna 0-0, 1-3, 1; Knoblauch 3-8, 3-6, 10; Macari 1-5, 0-0, 2; Roe 0-0, 0-2, 0; Walstad 0-2, 0-0, 0; Anderson 2-4, 0-0, 6; Hermreck 2-8, 1-2, 6; Ast 1-4, 5-7, 7. Totals — 9-32, 10-20 32. 3-pointers — Anderson 2, Knoblauch 1, Hermreck 1.


MHS JV (59) — McDaniel 7, Reed 5, Loecker 4, Barrett 2, Wine 9, Gabel 25, Spaich 7.