MHS boys overcome slow start to win easily

By Steve Sell
February 21, 2014
File-Kendall Shaw

BUHLER — The end result was the same, but the way it came about was different for once.

Buhler's boys came out inspired Friday night and landed a 10-2 haymaker to open their big rivalry game with McPherson High.

Once the Bullpups quit weezing and wobbling, it looked a lot like the first two meetings between the teams as MHS regrouped for a 61-45 victory to improve to 17-1. There's a chance the teams could meet a fourth time since they're in the same sub-state.

Buhler made its first four shots while the No. 1-ranked Bullpups were somewhat sloppy. But emotion could take the Crusaders only so far before MHS' precision and execution took over.

"You look back (at the season) and we've had unbelievable starts in at least 12 of them," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "This was not one of those unbelievable starts. They had a much better start than us. I thought once we got going it was fine."

The formula for victory was pretty much the same as the Bullpups' defense created their offense, turning steals into layups.

MHS was able to pull within 12-10 by quarter's end, then brought the heat in the second period for a 22-8 advantage to lead 32-20 at the half. For all intents and purposes, the game was over as MHS went on to lead 49-27 after three quarters.

Avery Gabel came off the bench for 14 points, tying Drew Pyle for team honors. Kyler Kinnamon chipped in with 11. Noah Webster scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and took game honors with 16 to lead Buhler.

MHS easily won the JV game 57-31 behind 14 points by Spenser Wine, all coming in the first quarter. Gabel chipped in with 13.

In the ninth-grade game, Brock Malm was lights-out as he unloaded a 30-point salvo and the Bullpups needed every one of those as they escaped with a 56-54 win.

MHS, which already had clinched the AVCTL D-III title, can finish off an 18-1 regular season Tuesday at Rose Hill. The Bullpups are only playing 19 games since their game in Kansas City in the Hyvee Shootout was cancelled because of weather.

MHS (61) — McDaniel 1-1, 0-0, 2; Reed 0-0, 0-1, 0; Loecker 1-2, 0-0, 2; Pyle 6-7, 0-0, 14; Kinnamon 5-10, 0-0, 11; R. Horton 1-6, 0-0, 2; P. Horton 3-4, 0-0, 7; Wine 1-4, 1-2, 3; Nutter 3-5, 0-2, 6; Gabel 5-10, 2-4, 14. Totals — 26-49, 3-9, 61. 3-pointers — Pyle 2, Gabel 2, Kinnamon 1, P. Horton 1.

Buhler (45) — Webster 8-13, 0-1, 16; White 0-1, 0-0, 0; Lackey 1-1, 2-2, 4; Henricks 3-4, 0-0, 7; Davis 2-4, 1-3, 5; Ricker 1-1, 0-0, 2; Wedel 1-6, 3-4, 5; Williams 3-6, 0-0, 6. Totals — 19-36, 6-10, 45. 3-pointers — Henricks 1.

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MHS JV (57) — McDaniel 10, Reed 1, Smith 6, Loecker 8, Wine 14, Gabel 13, Spaich 5.

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MHS 9th (56) — Reifschneider 5, Kirchner 7, Malm 30, Gerbrandt 9, Spaich 5.


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