MHS boys crush Wildcats in opener

By Steve Sell
December 05, 2014
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High's boys raised their 2014 state championship banner prior to Friday's season-opening game against El Dorado.

They might want to save some space for another one next year.

The Bullpups still have a few rough edges to smooth out, but their 81-29 rout of the Wildcats should send a statement to the rest of Class 4A Division I that they're not going to give up their state title without a fight.

MHS led 41-15 at halftime and rattled off a 29-6 third-quarter sizz, which ended the night for the starters. 

"Defensively I thought we were really good," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "When you consider we gave up 11 in the first quarter and then hold them to 18 the rest of the game, that's a nice job."

El Dorado, which took fourth in Class 4A Division I last year, simply couldn't match the speed, skill and precision of the Bullpups, whose bench players could make up a pretty fair team themselves.

Newcomer Payton Stephens powered his way to 20 points while playing just over half the game. Drew Pyle stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Kyler Kinnamon added 11 points on a quiet night for him as he also played just over half the game.

The Bullpups were 28 of 52 from the field, 22 of 32 from inside the arc. Their 6-of-20 performance from 3-point was their only blemish, as they had a 35-26 rebounding advantage and turned it over only 10 times despite a multitude of combinations that took the floor.

The Bullpups will have to amp it up on Tuesday as Andover comes to town and is expected to be much more of a test.

The Bullpup JVs rolled to a 69-53 decision. Four Bullpups hit for double figures, led by Kyle Smith with 18. Others in doubles were Jacob Loecker (14), Ben Pyle (14) and Mason Alexander (10).

The MHS freshmen were impressive in their opener, 61-22. They held the Wildcats to 11  points in each half.

Drew Labertew topped the Bullpups with 20 points, while Connor Williams and Sam Brossard added 10 apiece.

MHS (81) — McDaniel 1-4, 0-0, 2; Reed 1-3, 0-0, 3; Smith 0-4, 0-0, 0; Loecker 4-4, 0-0, 8; D. Pyle 6-12, 5-6, 19; B. Pyle 2-4, 0-2, 5; Kinnamon 5-8, 1-1, 11; Stephens 5-7, 9-10, 20; Alexander 2-3, 2-4, 6; Nutter 0-1, 2-2, 2; Gabel 2-2, 0-0, 5. Totals — 28-52, 19-26, 81. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 2, Reed 1, B. Pyle 1, Stephens 1, Gabel 1.

El Dorado (29) — Ladson 2-2, 0-0, 6; Haines 1-6, 0-0, 3; Burnett 0-0, 2-2, 2; McCarthy 0-2, 0-3, 0; Howland 0-2, 2-2, 2; Fowler 1-6, 2-4, 4; A. Hildreth 2-7, 2-4, 6; White 0-2, 5-7, 5; Cuskelly 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ruff 0-2, 1-3, 1. Totals — 6-31, 14-25, 29. 3-pointers — Ladson 2, Haines 1.

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MHS JV (69) — Lackey 2, McDaniel 1, Smith 18, Loecker 14, B. Pyle 14, Malm 5, Alexander 10, Leaf 3, Gerbrandt 2.

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MHS 9th (61) — Labertew 20, Williams 10, Wills 1, Armstrong 6, Diggs 6, Milleson 2, Seidl 6, Brossard 10.


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