Kinnamon shines in KBCA All-Star Game

By Steve Sell
June 28, 2015
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SALINA — Considering McPherson High’s Kurt Kinnamon and St. John’s Clint Kinnamon are a combined 100-1 in the last two years, they weren’t about to sully their coaching records with a loss Saturday in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Kurt Kinnamon’s McPherson High teams have gone 48-1 in the last two years in winning back-to-back Class 4A Division I state titles. Clint Kinnamon is 52-0 the last two years in winning back-to-back Class 2A titles and actually is 77-1 over the last three when you add in winning the Class 1A title in 2013.

Kurt Kinnamon’s son, Kyler, was the point guard for the White team in the All-Star Game while Clint Kinnamon’s star, Mr. Kansas Basketball Dean Wade, was his post man, just like previous summers on their Mid-Kansas AAU traveling team.

With that familiarity, it’s no wonder the Whites strolled to a 118-91 victory at the Mabee Arena in a game not as close as the final score indicates as they led 67-39 at halftime.

The White team was up as many as 38 in the second half before the Blues finally were able to make a run for cosmetic purposes.

Kyler Kinnamon, heading to Fort Hays State, made 6 of 8 floor shots to finish with 14 points, while Wade — who is headed for Kansas State — scored 15 and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

The surprise player of the night was Maize South’s Kade Kordonowy, who led the Whites with 26 points.

Zach Jackson led the Blues with 15 points.

White (118) — Kinnamon (McPherson) 14, Turner (Independence) 7, Wade (St. John) 15, O’Neil (Scott City) 11, Meyer (Scott City) 4, Kordonowy (Maize South) 26, Scroggins (Shawnee Heights) 7, Bieberle (Central Plains) 5, Stewart (Labette County) 6, Soucie (Osawatomie) 10, Conley (Derby) 13.

Blue (91) — McAtee (Manhattan) 12, Pitko (Eureka) 4, Montes (Sharon Springs) 2, Jones (Wichita East) 8, Werth (Hays) 9; Jackson (Wichita East) 15, McNelly (Salina Central) 7, Dubbert (St. John’s Beloit) 2, Sleep (Holcomb) 12, Cherne (Kapaun) 9, Crist (Quinter) 2, Hervey (Wichita Heights) 8.

• White girls 63, Blue 58 — Hesston’s Caylee Richardson had an outstanding game in defeat for the Blues.

Richardson made 6 of 8 shots and scored a team-high 12 points and also yanked down eight rebounds as she sparked her team that was coached by her father, Matt.

Both teams struggled mightily from the field as the White team won despite making just 20 of 86 floor shots, but did sink 16 of 19 free throws.

Maize’s Daley Handy led the Whites with a game-high 16 points.

White (63) — Moala (Paola) 2, Ediger (Cimarron) 11, Doll (Ellinwood) 4, Handy (Maize) 16, Bachrodt (Kapaun) 2, Flach (Wabaunsee) 6, Dahlston (Holcomb) 7, Dooley (Garden Plain) 15.

Blue (58) — Richardson (Hesston) 12, Legette (Seaman) 11, Heim (Hoxie) 3, Page (Wamego) 7, Ballard (Manhattan) 6, Lopez (Carroll) 4, Makovec (Centre) 8, Broeckelman (Beloit) 2, Morton (Olathe South) 3, Meyer (Andale) 2.