Bullpup boys pound Wildcats

By Steve Sell
February 17, 2015
File-Kendall Shaw

EL DORADO — McPherson High's Kyler Kinnamon can pass, shoot and defend like crazy.

Now he's a physician as well.

Kinnamon went up to his coach and father, Kurt Kinnamon, and told him at halftime Tuesday night that he didn't think MHS center Payton Stephens should go in the second half against El Dorado because of some knee soreness.

The Bullpups didn't need their farm-boy-strong center in the second half as they parlayed a 38-16 halftime lead into a 69-43 victory.

"We are a little concerned about Payton's knee," a worried-looking elder Kinnamon said. "It's sore right now. Honestly, Kyler came to me at halftime and said, 'I think Payton ought to shut'er down. I'm not sure Payton agreed, but hopefully we're going to get that checked out right away."

Stephens has been experiencing some discomfort in his knee. He suffered a torn ACL as a sophomore while at Manhattan and the Bullpup coach didn't want to take any chances against an overmatched opponent.

This was a no-contest from the start, as MHS rocketed to a 22-3 first-quarter lead and was really good through three quarters before a clumsy finish. El Dorado scored 19 fourth-quarter points as the Bullpups sent it to the line 22 times after just one — count it, one — free throw attempt in the first three periods.

"We were pretty good. It's a slick court and that negates our ability to go out and deny," Kinnamon said. "It looked like we were playing on ice skates all night long. Pretty good job overall, had a pretty nice first quarter that set the tone."

Kyler Kinnamon's 17 points led MHS, while Drew Pyle scored 13.

It was the Bullpups' 32nd consecutive victory, two shy of the school record. They are 8-0 in AVCTL Division III and 17-0 overall.

The MHS JVs pounced on El Dorado for 22 first-quarter points on their way to a 65-39 victory. Jacob Loecker took advantage of two quarters of playing time to score 13 points, one more than Mason Alexander.

In the ninth-grade game, the Bullpups showed no signs of weariness after competing Monday night in the Hutchinson Invitational.

Drew Labertew scored 17 points, Sam Brossard added 16 and Wyatt Seidl added 15 as MHS strolled to a 69-36 victory, its 13th in a row.

The Bullpups stay on the road Friday to play Hutchinson.

MHS (69) — McDaniel 1-3, 1-2, 4; Smith 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 2-3,3-4, 7; D. Pyle 5-8, 3-4, 13; B. Pyle 3-5, 1-1, 9; Kinnamon 6-11, 2-2, 17; Stephens 2-4, 1-1, 5; M. Alexander 1-4, 0-0, 2; Spaich 1-1, 0-0, 2; Wine 3-3, 0-0, 6; Nutter 2-3, 0-0, 4. Totals 26-46, 11-14, 69. 3-pointers — Kinnamon 3, B. Pyle 2, McDaniel 1.

El Dorado (43) — Ladson 3-5, 1-2, 9; Haines 2-6, 0-0, 4; Burnett 0-3, 3-4, 3; Howland 3-7, 1-3, 8; Fowler 0-3, 3-4, 3; A. Hildreth 4-7, 3-4, 11; D. Hildreth 1-2, 2-2, 4; Ruff 0-2, 0-0, 0; Thomas 0-1, 1-4, 1. Totals — 13-36, 14-23, 43. 3-pointers — Ladson 2, Howland 1.

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MHS JV (65) — Lackey 7, McDaniel 8, Reed 3, Smith 3, Loecker 13, B. Pyle 4, Malm 3, Alexander 12, Spaich 8, Leaf 4.

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MHS 9th (69) — Labertew 17, Myers 5, Williams 5, Armstrong 3, J. Alexander 5, Diggs 3, Seidl 16, Brossard 16.


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