Bullpups lock down Adler, Vikings

By Steve Sell
December 12, 2014
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WINFIELD — McPherson High’s Drew Pyle and Kyler Kinnamon were determined not to let Winfield’s Will Adler come close to the 37 points he scored in the Vikings’ season opener.

With dogged determination, the Bullpup duo took turns pursuing the Viking sharpshooter on Friday. Not only did Adler not approach his sensational first-game form, he didn’t even hit for double figures.

With Adler scoring only six points on 2-of-10 shooting, the Vikings were overwhelmed by what was as close to a basketball clinic as you’ll ever see in a 68-31 victory.

The Bullpups have now allowed just over 34 points a game as while their offense draws raves for its unselfish execution, it all starts at the defensive end.

Pyle, whose defense as a sophomore was somewhat suspect at times, has turned into a lockdown specialist. He drew the initial assignment and then Kinnamon took over despite giving away half-a-foot.

“They wanted that challenge,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “Anytime a guy scores 37, you must be doing something right. Drew was able to bother him a little bit with his length and Kyler was able to bother him a little with his quickness.”

With Adler in misfire mode, the Vikings didn’t have the complementary players to overcome MHS’ balance. Payton Stephens rumbled to 13 points, Pyle and Kinnamon scored 12 and the hustling Nathan Nutter added 11. 

The Bullpups took all the suspense out of the game by leading 22-10 after a quarter and 36-16 at the half. MHS was 15 of 21 from the field in the first half as it pounded the paint despite giving away some size. It wound up finishing the game 26 of 44.

“The thing I was most pleased with was —  how many great passes did we have that led to baskets? Kinnamon said. “That was a fantastic job.”

It was a night of Bullpup blasts. The JVs were a 63-37 winner behind 19 points by Mason Alexander and 12 by Caleb Spaich. The freshmen cruised 66-36 as big Sam Brossard again had his way inside with 15 points, Drew Labertew scored 14 and Wyatt Seidl tallied 12. 

The Bullpups now have a huge undertaking on Tuesday when they host Abilene, which is still smarting from losing to MHS last year in the sub-state finals.

“Abilene is a different animal,” Kinnamon said, as his team always relishes the challenge of playing a team considered on its level. “This will be best game of the year in the Roundhouse thus far as far as competition goes.”

MHS (68) — McDaniel 1-2, 2-2, 4; D. Pyle 5-8, 1-1, 12; B. Pyle 3-5, 0-0, 7; Kinnamon 5-5, 2-2, 12; Stephens 5-7, 3-4, 13;  M. Alexander 0-3, 0-0, 0; Spaich 1-2, 0-0, 2; Nutter 4-8, 3-3, 11; Gabel 2-3, 3-3, 7. Totals — 26-49, 14-15, 68. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 1, B. Pyle 1.

Winfield (31) — Harper 1-2, 0-1, 2; Byerley, 0-3, 0-0, 0; Hoffman 1-2, 1-2, 3; Osen 0-1, 2-2, 2; Boline 3-7, 0-1, 7; Woods 2-6, 0-2, 5; W. Adler 2-10, 2-5, 6; Vilayphone 0-1, 0-0, 0; Sawyer 2-3, 0-0, 4; B. Adler 1-1, 0-1, 2. Totals — 12-36, 5-14, 31. 3-pointers — Boline 1, Woods 1.

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MHS JV (63) — Lackey 8, McDaniel 2, Smith 6, Loecker 8, B. Pyle 4, M. Alexander 19, Spaich 12, Gerbrandt 4.

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MHS 9th (66) — Labertew 14, Wills 4, Armstrong 8, J. Alexander 4, Diggs 9, Seidl 12, Brosssard 15.


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