Bullpup boys tie school record with 34th in a row

By Steve Sell
February 24, 2015
Kendall Shaw

AUGUSTA — After McPherson High's boys routed Augusta last month, it came to the Bullpups' attention through some postgame chatter that the Orioles weren't all that impressed with Class 4A Division I's No. 1-ranked team.

They probably weren't impressed with the Bullpups' defense in the first quarter here Tuesday, either.

But once MHS tightened the screws, they had to impress the Orioles the rest of the way for a 72-44 domination, which was its school-record-tying 34th win in a row.

MHS can break the record, complete a perfect 20-0 regular season and 10-0 mark in AVCTL play with a triumph Friday night over Buhler at the Roundhouse. MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon can achieve a milestone with his 400th career win as Bullpup coach, covering 20 seasons — that averages 20 wins a year, which is quite remarkable since there are only 20 regular-season games.

The teams traded haymakers in the first quarter, with the Bullpups clinging to a 22-18 lead as the Orioles had it going from 3-point. But they managed only five points in the second quarter as the Bullpups were in lockdown mode to lead 37-23.

"You compare this team to a lot of teams… Wichita State is a comparison from a standpoint that all of a sudden you look up and what was a four-point game is now all of a sudden a 15-point game," Kinnamon said. "Really happy with the runs we made. We held them to not that many field goals (13), but looking at this book, my goodness we sent them to the line a lot (20 times)."

But the foul trouble didn't matter once MHS hunkered down. Offensively, Drew Pyle scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, while forwards Spenser Wine and Nathan Nutter stepped up with 18 and 12 points, respectively. Wine was 6 of 9 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line in an efficient performance. Nutter was 6 of 8 from the field as the Bullpups showed again they can spread the wealth.

Connor Hurst scored 18 points for Augusta, but Kyler Kinnamon flummoxed normally productive Dustyn McEachern, holding him to six points as he missed all but one of his floor shots.

The MHS JVs punished the Orioles 76-36 as freshmen Mason Alexander and Ben Pyle scored 21 and 18 points, respectively, even though their quarters were limited. 

There was no letup for the MHS ninth-graders. Less than 24 hours after winning the Hutchinson Invitational, the Bullpups were given somewhat of a push by the Orioles before pulling away for a 62-44 victory.

Sam Brossard was unstoppable with 22 points, while Thomas Diggs scored 17 and Wyatt Seidl added 10.

MHS (72) — McDaniel 0-1, 0-0, 0; Smith 0-1, 0-0, 0; Loecker 1-1, 0-0, 2; D. Pyle 8-13, 0-0, 21; B. Pyle 0-3, 0-0, 0; Kinnamon 4-11, 0-0, 9; Stephens 2-3, 0-0, 4; M. Alexander 1-2, 3-4, 5; Wine 6-9, 6-6, 18; Nutter 6-8, 0-0, 12; Gabel 0-1, 1-4, 1. Totals — 28-53, 10-14, 72. 3-pointers – Pyle 5, Kinnamon 1.

Augusta (44) — Carter 2-2, 1-3, 5; McEachern 1-9, 2-3, 5; Westbrooks 2-2, 2-2, 6; Hurst 4-11, 7-8, 18; Weakley 2-6, 0-0, 4; Howerton 1-3, 1-2, 3; Clausing 1-2, 1-2, 3. Totals — 13-35, 14-20, 44. 3-pointers — Hurst 3, McEachern 1.

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MHS JV (76) — Lackey 2, McDaniel 6, Reed 2, Smith 2, Loecker 12, B. Pyle 18, Alexander 21, Malm 3, Spaich 6, Leaf 2, Gerbrandt 2.

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MHS 9th (62) — Labertew 6, Williams 3, Armstrong 2, J. Alexander 2, Diggs 17, Seidl 10, Brossard 22.


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