MHS boys hit century mark in 102-47 rout

By Steve Sell
February 13, 2015
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High's boys picked up where their girls left off.

And then some.

The undefeated and No. 1-ranked Bullpups exploded for 29 first-quarter points and continued the onslaught the rest of the way for a 102-47 victory over Rose Hill Friday before a large-and-appreciative Roundhouse Homecoming Night crowd.

MHS ripped it up for 26 more points in the second quarter for a 55-27 lead, and then threw up 25 in the third and 22 in the fourth, even with the subs in for most of the period. 

Marcus McDaniel had the honor of pushing the score to triple digits when he buried a 3-pointer with 3:04 left in the game as the Bullpups actually slowed down after that with just one basket the rest of the way and they basically didn't try to score the final minute.

It was the 31st consecutive victory for the Bullpups, now just three shy of the school record set during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. It also was their first 100-point game since Jan. 11, 2008, when they scored 102 against Winfield. They are 16-0 on the season, 7-0 in AVCTL Division III play.

Bullpup coach Kurt Kinnamon said his team was in amazement of what Taylor Robertson accomplished in the girls' game and it put an extra bounce in its step.

"It did," he said, noting it was a stunning performance by the freshman. "And anytime you come out and get 29 in the first quarter that's a good start and then you back it up with 26… you know the thing that I was pleased with tonight was when we went to the bench, we didn't have a huge dropoff. So that was really nice."

Five Bullpups hit for double figures, led by Payton Stephens with 18. Drew Pyle and Kyler Kinnamon scored 15 apiece, Jacob Loecker added 11 and Spenser Wine scored 10.

MHS burned it up for 33 of 54 from the field (61 percent), hit half of its 10 3-point attempts and buried 31 of 39 from the line as the physical Rockets kept fouling to keep the parade line moving.

Parker Austin, son of PGA golfer Woody Austin, led the Rockets with 13.

"We have seven goals that we always try to get and we got six because they had two guys in double figures in scoring," Kinnamon said. "It's just kind of a treat to watch the kids pass the basketball."

MHS had 20 assists, with Kinnamon leading with six, followed by Stephens and Nathan Nutter with four.

The Bullpups will spend next week on the road as they play Tuesday at El Dorado and Friday at Hutchinson.

The JV boys rolled to a 68-43 rout behind 16 points by Mason Alexander, 13 apiece by Ben Pyle and Jacob Lackey and 10 by Loecker.

MHS’ ninth-grade boys stayed perfect with a 62-10 clubbing. Drew Labertew had a hot hand with 20 points, while Connor Williams supplied 10.

MHS (102) — McDaniel 2-4, 2-2, 7; Reed 0-0, 2-2, 2; Smith 0-0, 2-2, 2; Loecker 5-7, 1-2, 11; D. Pyle 5-11, 3-3, 15; B. Pyle 1-2, 0-0, 2; Kinnamon 3-7, 8-8, 15; Stephens 6-8, 6-6, 18; Alexander 2-2, 1-2, 5; Spaich 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wine 4-5, 2-4, 10; Nutter 3-5, 1-4, 8; Gabel 2-2, 3-4, 7. Totals — 33-54, 31-39, 102. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 2, McDaniel 1, Kinnamon 1, Nutter 1.

Rose Hill (47) — Austin 5-7, 2-2, 13; Nolan 0-0, 1-3, 1; Pfaff 0-0, 1-2, 1; Eilert 0-0 0-2, 0; Milby 0-2, 2-2, 2; Bonar 0-0, 3-4, 3; L. Santo 2-6, 0-0, 6; A. Santo 2-7, 5-8, 10; Henry 0-1, 0-0, 0; Ma 4-11, 1-2, 9; Jehle 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals — 14-36, 15-26, 47. 3-pointers — L. Santo 2, Austin 1, A. Santo 1.

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MHS JV (68) — Lackey 13, McDaniel 7, Reed 2, Loecker 10, B. Pyle 13, Alexander 16, Spaich 7.

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MHS 9th (62) — Labertew 20, Williams 10, Wills 4, Armstrong 4, J. Alexander 5, Diggs 4, Seidl 9, Brossard 6.


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