Unsung Nutter sparks MHS boys to victory

By Steve Sell
December 09, 2014
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To be honest, McPherson High's boys got much more out of their 65-48 win over Andover here Tuesday night than their 52-point season-opening pummeling of El Dorado.

The Bullpups found themselves pushed by a physical Class 5A school that punished them to the point that they shot 25 of 30 free throws to offset a forgettable 42-percent shooting night that at halftime was at 27 percent.

"A game like that is really good for us," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "We don't get any better when we don't have to play as hard as we have to. Defensively they exposed some things that we need to do better."

While Drew Pyle (21 points), Payton Stephens (20) and Kyler Kinnamon (13, all of them free throws) were candidates for player of the game, there was no doubt who it was in coach Kinnamon's mind.

"I thought Nate (Nathan Nutter) did a great job of leading by example, doing a fantastic job," said Kinnamon of his 6-1 senior forward, who scored eight points, came up with five steals, grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists. "Just so many intangible things. Just so many of what I would call 'toughness plays.' Played 29 minutes and just did a fantastic job. We list him at 6-1 and he's maybe 5-11. He does a great job of flying around and getting his hands on balls, being alert, being aware. Just couldn't be happier with him."

The Bullpups found themselves down 16-15 after a quarter before creeping to a 25-22 halftime lead. Their offense finally caught up with the defense in the second half with 40 points, while allowing only 26.

"Defensively we were pretty good," said Kinnamon, whose team forced a whopping 32 turnovers but didn't take advantage of many of them in the first half.

Pyle came up with five steals and Kinnamon four, while also dishing out six assists to offset his cold night from the field. But he was so quick on the offensive end he made a living at the foul line.

Three Trojans scored 10 points each — Chase Oberg, Austin Brown and Zach Seabrook.

The MHS JV boys struggled to just six points in the first quarter and never got it going in a 62-50 loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. Freshman Mason Alexander tallied 17 points to be the only Bullpup in double figures.

The ninth-grade boys put on a clinic in a 57-33 victory. Sam Brossard dominated in the paint for 21 points to lead the Bullpups, now 2-0.

MHS makes its first road trip of the year Friday when it goes to Winfield. The Vikes' Wes Adler scored 37 points in the Vikings' only game of the year. Winfield is always one of the most hostile places for the Bullpups to play.

MHS (65) — McDaniel 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 1-1, 0-0, 2; Pyle 7-15, 5-5, 21; Kinnamon 0-6, 13-14, 13; B. Pyle 0-2, 0-0, 0; Stephens 7-12, 6-9, 20; Nutter 4-8, 0-0, 8; Gabel 0-0, 1-2, 1. Totals — 19-45, 25-30, 65.

Andover (48) — Short 0-1, 0-0, 0; Renoux 2-7, 2-2, 6; Norlin 0-3, 0-0, 0; N. Hammar 1-1, 1-1, 3; Oberg 4-9, 0-0, 10; Wilson 1-3, 0-0, 3; A. Brown 4-8, 0-0, 10; Butler 3-5, 0-0, 6; Seabrook 4-4, 2-2, 10. Totals — 19-41, 5-5, 48. 3-pointers — Oberg 2, A.Brown 2, Wilson 1.


MHS JV (50) — McDaniel 5, Reed 6, Loecker 3, B. Pyle 9, Malm 4, Alexander 17, Spaich 6.


MHS 9th (57) — Labertew 5, Williams 5, Wills 4, Hunt 4, Armstrong 3, Diggs 9, Seidl 6, Brossard 21.