MHS boys rout El Dorado (repost, had been deleted)

By Steve Sell
February 17, 2014
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High's boys picked up where they left off.

Coming off Thursday's emotional road blowout of state-ranked Andale, MHS had to guard against a letdown here Friday against an El Dorado team thought to be its top league challenger prior to the season.

You can forget about a letdown. 

MHS shellshocked the Wildcats with a 22-2 first-quarter blitz and led 35-11 at the half before finishing off a 54-35 victory.

MHS is now 7-0 in AVCTL Division III and 15-1 overall. It closes out the season with three straight road games, starting with Tuesday's trip to Mulvane.

Drew Pyle's 11 first-quarter points fire-started the Bullpups, who finished the half making 6 of 12 3-pointers. The defense was again suffocating, allowing the Wildcats to make only 3 of 17 shots.

"They're a good-starting team," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said of his Bullpups. "We've played what, 15 games (actually 16 now), and probably had 13 good starts."

For the second straight night, MHS endured a bit of a funk in the third quarter and was outscored by eight in the fourth quarter as Kinnamon went to his younger bunch very early and El Dorado's veterans took advantage.

The MHS defense was incredible. El Dorado has some very good players, but was reduced to just 8 of 44 from the field, with star guard Travis House held to 2 of 13 and he scored just eight points while committing six turnovers. Kyler Kinnamon lived inside his jersey, sacrificing some of his offense, though he still led the Bullpups with 13 points. MHS was a white-hot 11 of 20 from 3-point, as Kinnamon, Pyle and Ryan Horton all made three 3-pointers.

"Sometimes shooting is what you call fool's gold," Kinnamon said. "There comes a time where you're going to have to score some baskets inside. We don't want to fall in love with that, but we have a team, collectively, as good a group of shooters as what I can remember."

Alec Hildreth led El Dorado with 11.

The MHS JVs were a 68-46 winner as Spenser Wine tallied 15 points and Caleb Spaich chipped in with 11. Ten Bullpups in all scored.

The Bullpup ninth-graders were a 73-32 winner as 10 players scored, led by Clayton  Gerbrandt with 15 points, Casen Hoover scored 14 and Spaich added 10.

MHS (54) — McDaniel 1-1, 0-0, 3; Reed 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 1-3, 0-0, 2; Pyle 4-7, 0-2, 11; Kinnamon 5-10, 0-0, 13; R. Horton 3-4, 0-0, 9; P. Horton 2-3, 0-0, 5; Wine 3-4, 0-0, 6; Nutter 0-1, 1-2, 1; Gabel 0-4, 4-4, 4. Totals — 19-38, 5-8, 54. 3-pointers — Kinnamon 3, R. Horton 3, Pyle 3, McDaniel 1, P. Horton 1.

El Dorado (35) — Haines 0-1, 2-2, 2; House 2-13, 3-4, 8; Howland 0-3, 2-2, 2; Ladson 0-1, 0-0, 0; A. Hildreth 3-9, 2-4, 11; D. Hildreth 0-0, 2-2, 2; Scott 1-5, 2-2, 4; Haury 2-9, 2-2, 6; Johnson 0-3, 0-0, 0. Totals — 8-44, 15-18, 35. 3-pointers — A. Hildreth 3, House 1.

MHS JV (68) — McDaniel 7, Reed 5, Smith 4, Loecker 4, Barrett 1, Reifschneider 2, Malm 3, Stiebens 7, Wine 15, Gabel 9, Spaich 11.

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MHS 9th vs. El Dorado (73) — Moreno 3, Reifschneider 7, Kirchner 4, Leaf 4, Malm 7, Hoover 14, Arbuckle 4, Gerbrandt 15, Polasek 5, Spaich 10.

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MHS 9th vs. Andale (54) — Reifschneider 9, Leaf 2, Malm 14, Hoover 4, Gerbrandt 6, Polasek 2, Spaich 17.


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