MHS boys shuffle past Mulvane

By Steve Sell
February 18, 2014
Cindy Kinnamon-Contributed Photo

MULVANE — McPherson High’s boys survived helter-skelter.

That’s how Bullpup coach Kurt Kinnamon described Mulvane’s style of play Tuesday, which produced an uneven effort by both teams during MHS’ 65-46 victory.

The Bullpups are now 8-0 in AVCTL Division III as they have won 18 straight games without a loss since dropping down a rung. They are 16-1 overall with two games left to play.

All you need to know about this one is that the Bullpups started off with a 14-0 lead and then chopped their way through the rest of the somewhat uninspired game.

“Defensively tonight we were not as good as we need to be,” said Kinnamon, whose team was coming off three straight strafing defensive efforts against Winfield, Andale and El Dorado. “We just weren’t.”

MHS led 31-19 at the half and 51-31 after three quarters, as the game seemed to be a formality almost from the start.

Spenser Wine came off the bench to lead the Bullpups with 14 points.

“Spenser was very, very good offensively,” Kinnamon said of the rapidly improving sophomore.

But all in all, Kinnamon probably would have rated this one a “C.” Ryan Horton chipped in with 13 points for the only other Bullpup in double figures.

“It was one of those nights where we just didn’t shoot it as well as we normally do,” said Kinnamon, whose team was just 25 of 61. “It’s good for us to experience a night like that because you can’t depend on shooting 48 percent from 3 (point) all the time.”

Collin Dempsey led the Wildcats with 15 points.

The MHS JV strolled 64-33 behind 16 points by Marcus McDaniel, while also in double figures were Wine (11), Avery Gabel (11) and Caleb Spaich 10.

The freshmen routed the Wildcats 73-46 as Brock Malm scored 15 and Spaich added 13.

The Bullpups have an emotional game coming up on Friday when they renew their rivalry with Buhler on the Crusaders’ home court. MHS already has routed the Crusaders twice and the teams could wind up meeting four times since they’re in the same sub-state.

MHS (65) — McDaniel 0-2, 2-2, 2; Pyle 4-9, 0-0, 8; Kinnamon 2-9, 2-3, 8; R. Horton 4-10, 4-5, 13; P. Horton 2-3, 0-0, 6; Wine 7-12, 0-0, 14; Nutter 2-8, 2-4, 6; Gabel 4-8, 0-0, 8. Totals — 25-61, 10-14, 65. 3-pointers — Kinnamon 2, P. Horton 2, R. Horton 1.

Mulvane (46) — Brown 2-5, 0-0, 4; Dulaney 3-8, 0-0, 8; Lampe 2-5, 2-3, 7; Dempsey 5-13, 5-7, 15; Price 2-7, 2-2, 6; Barton 0-1, 2-2, 2; Dunlap 1-1, 0-0, 2; Doramus 0-2, 0-0, 0; Baker 1-3, 0-0, 2. Totals — 16-45, 11-14, 46. 3-pointers — Dulaney 2, Lampe 1.

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MHS JV (64) — McDaniel 16, Smith 2, Loecker 4, Barrett 4, Hoover 3, Gerbrandt 3, Wine 11, Gabel 11, Spaich 10

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MHS 9th (73) — Reifschneider 8, Kirchner 6, Leaf 6, Malm 15, Hoover 3, Arbuckle 4, Gerbrandt 8, Houghton 2, Spaich 13. Scoring was incomplete.


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