MHS boys destroy Winfield

By Steve Sell
January 06, 2015
Kendall Shaw

The Winfield boys thought they had experienced a nightmare last month when they lost 68-31 to McPherson High.

But they hadn't seen anything yet.

The Vikings, who more than likely will make the Class 4A Division I State Tournament as they have a tissue-soft draw, unfortunately caught the Bullpups on a night when they played to near-perfection, as MHS scored at least 20 points in every quarter on its way to a 96-50 dissection Tuesday at the Roundhouse.

And, quite honestly, it could have been worse.

No Bullpup played more than 19 minutes as everything they touched turned to gold. MHS shot 38 of 60 from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3-point, and forced the shellshocked Vikings into a staggering 30 turnovers, which resulted in a stunning 49 points.

"I thought they were really ready to go and I was happy with that," said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team is now 6-0 and relentless in its pursuit of a state championship repeat. "I wasn't particularly worried about the rust because I've seen how well they've practiced over the break."

The Bullpups floored Winfield by scoring 16 points before the Vikings had even dented the scoreboard and it was 24-5 after eight minutes. It didn't matter what combination Kinnamon had on the floor, it was a clinic.

Drew Pyle and Payton Stephens scored 18 points apiece, Kyler Kinnamon added 11 and Nathan Nutter 10. Spenser Wine, in his first action of the year, furnished nine points off the bench, as did Marcus McDaniel. The MHS reserves accounted for 32 points.

MHS did another good defensive job on Winfield star Will Adler, who did score 13 points but needed 15 shots to do it. Taylor Woods added 11.

The Bullpups also committed just nine turnovers and outrebounded the Vikings, 29-19.

There were several highlight plays, including a powerful dunk by Stephens as well as a super-hustle play by Jacob Loecker that led to Ben Pyle's spectacular finish.

"Plays like that really make me proud," said Kinnamon, adding the Bullpups caused at least four or five 5-counts on in-bounds plays. "I'm just proud of the effort our guys expend."

The MHS JVs crushed the Vikings 78-28 as 12 players scored, led by Ben Pyle with 12 points and Paxton Leaf with 10, all in the fourth quarter.

All 12 players scored for the MHS freshmen, who doubled up the Vikings 74-37. Four players hit for double figures, led by Sam Brossard with 14 points. Thomas Diggs added 13, while Wyatt Seidel scored 12 and Drew Labertew added 11.

MHS stays at home on Friday to take on Augusta, which is new to AVCTL Division III this year.

MHS (96) — McDaniel 3-3, 2-2, 9; Smith 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 2-2, 2-2, 6; D. Pyle 7-11, 0-0, 18; B. Pyle 3-3, 0-1, 6; Kinnamon 5-7, 0-0, 11; Stephens 7-11, 4-6, 18; Alexander 1-2, 0-0, 2; Spaich 0-2, 0-0, 0; Wine 3-5, 3-3, 9; Nutter 4-6, 1-2, 10; Gabel 3-7, 1-3, 7. Totals — 38-60, 13-19, 96. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 4, McDaniel 1, Kinnamon 1, Nutter 1.

Winfield (50) — Hoffman 3-5, 1-1, 8; Osen 0-1, 0-0, 0; Boline 2-5, 0-0, 5; Woods 4-6, 0-0 11; Adler 5-15, 2-3, 13; Vilayphone 2-3, 0-0, 5; Sawyer 4-5, 0-2, 8. Totals — 20-40, 3-6, 50. 3-pointers — Woods 3, Hoffman 1, Boline 1, Adler 1, Vilayphone 1.

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MHS JV (78)  — Lackey 5, McDaniel 8, Reed 7, Smith 8, Loecker 6, B. Pyle 12, Malm 4, Alexander 6, Spaich 6, Leaf 10, Gerbrandt 4, Brossard 2.

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MHS 9th (74) — Nikkel 2, Labertew 11, Myers 2, Williams 4, Wills 2, Hunt 3, Armstrong 2, Alexander 7, Diggs 13, Milleson 2, Seidl 12, Brossard 14.


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