Bullpup boys dismantle Abilene

By Steve Sell
December 16, 2014
Kendall Shaw

This was supposed to be the one, the game where McPherson High's boys were going to be pushed to the very end.

After all, it was No. 2 against No. 5 in Class 4A Division I, a game worthy of a Friday or Saturday night at Salina's Bicentennial Center in March.

But MHS dispelled all the gush and hype in a hurry.

The Bullpups continued to play like a team on a repeat mission here Tuesday night as they dismantled an Abilene team that could very well win the rest of its games, 82-56.

And it wasn't even that close. 

Bullpup coach Kurt Kinnamon called off the hounds with 6:14 left in the game, but had to temporarily put them back in after Abilene torched the MHS neophytes for 11 quick points in 2 minutes.

Other than that stretch, it was another MHS clinic.

"I thought we were really outstanding," said Kinnamon, whose team led 20-12 after a quarter, 38-20 at the half and 65-31 after three quarters. "We were outstanding, we were alert, we did a good job of making that extra pass. We shot the ball well, we defended. Usually I put three or four things up on the board that are going to be a key to the game and all I put tonight is that the toughest team is going to win. I don't think there was any question who was the toughest team. As a coach, those are the things that make me the most proud."

Drew Pyle scored 22 points and came up with eight steals, while Kyler Kinnamon scored 17 and dished off for 10 assists. Nathan Nutter was a perfect 5 of 5 from the field for 12 points and in all, 10 Bullpups entered the scorebook.

MHS, which was a lukewarm 11 of 28 in the first half, lit it up for 19 of 25 in the second half, 76 percent. Many of the baskets were on layups, as Kinnamon had eight of his 10 assists after intermission.

The Bullpups turned it over only eight times in the fast-paced game, while the flustered Cowboys mishandled 22 times.

Harley Hazlett came off the bench to lead Abilene with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The MHS JVs survived for a 60-58 victory behind 19 points by Mason Alexander, 13 by Ben Pyle and 12 by Marcus McDaniel.

The ninth-grade boys scored at least 20 points in three of the four quarters for a 76-30 rout. Thomas Diggs led the way with 18 points, followed by Connor Williams (12, all in the fourth quarter) and Wyatt Seidl (10).

The 4-0 Bullpups now head to Kansas City for a 5:30 p.m. game Friday against Archbishop O'Hara.

MHS (82) — McDaniel 2-5, 1-2, 5; Smith 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 1-2, 1-2, 3; D. Pyle 8-13, 2-2, 22; B. Pyle 1-2, 0-0, 3; Kinnamon 5-8, 7-11, 17; Stephens 4-9, 0-0, 8; Alexander 0-2, 3-4, 3; Spaich 1-1, 0-0, 2; Nutter 5-5, 0-0, 12; Gabel 3-5, 0-2, 7. Totals — 30-53, 14-23, 82. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 4, Nutter 2, Gabel 1, B. Pyle 1.

Abilene (56) — Johnson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schwarting 0-2, 0-0, 0; Wilson 5-13, 2-2, 13; Ford 0-1, 2-2, 2; Hoekman 2-4, 1-2, 5; Hazlett 7-10, 5-6, 19; Harms 1-2, 2-2, 4; Barbieri 5-8, 3-4, 13. Totals — 20-42, 15-18, 56. 3-pointers — Wilson 1.

MHS JV (60) — McDaniel 12, Smith 2, Loecker 6, B. Pyle 13, Malm 3, Alexander 19, Spaich 3, Gerbrandt 2.

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MHS 9th (76) — Nikkel 4, Labertew 6, Williams 12, Wills 1, Hunt 4, Armstrong 2, Diggs 18, Milleson 3, Seidl 10, Brossard 8, Alexander 8.


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