Streaking MHS boys win 6th in a row

By Steve Sell
January 11, 2019

Remember when the sky was falling as McPherson High's boys were off to an 0-3 start and everybody thought the world was about to end as the sun never seemed to come up in the East?

After Friday's 64-38 victory over El Dorado on Homecoming, the Bullpups are now 6-3 and that unfathomable start only seems like a distant memory.

The Bullpups will take a wave of momentum into Thursday's McPherson Invitational opener when they take on Blue Valley West in Thursday's 8:15 feature game.

The Bullpups guarded the Wildcats the length of the court and harassed them into a miserable offensive night, including leading scorer Jarin Koehler, who was held to 7 points and made just 2 of 10 shots. Jake Alexander was inside his shirt much of the night as he was in lockdown mode.

MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon kept a revolving door of fresh players to keep the heat on.

"Anytime you pick up full court and you try to pressure, you just can't play 32 minutes for that long," said Kinnamon, who started on his second 500 wins after earning No. 500 on Tuesday against Augusta. "I saw guys who were more tired tonight than they have been. And I think we were more tired because our effort was better. I was really pleased with how we played defensively."

Max Alexander fueled the Bullpups to a 25-15 halftime lead with 10 points, but things grounded to a halt the final 4 minutes as both teams had trouble putting the ball in the basket. El Dorado made just 7 of 25 shots.

MHS finally picked up the offensive pace with a 19-point third quarter, capped by Jace Kinnamon's buzzer-beater to make it 44-28. The Bullpups finished the game strong with a 15-1 rip.

The Bullpups' defense was sensational as they held the Wildcats to 14 of 52, a numbing 1 of 18 from 3-point.

Jake Alexander finished with a flourish to score 21 points, one more than his cousin Max, who also had 5 assists and 5 rebounds. The only negative was that El Dorado had a 38-30 rebounding advantage, led by Cameron Clausing with 10 to go along with his team-high 15 points.

MHS, which made 11 3-pointers in its last home game, took only 5 against the Wildcats and made just 1.

Seth Madron was unstoppable in the JV game as he scored 23 points in a 78-33 victory. What made it more impressive is that he accomplished that in just two quarters.

Cooper Courtney added 11 points, and Hayes Schmidt and Jayton Alexander added 10.

The MHS ninth-graders fell short 54-50 despite 20 points and 9 more by Trey Buckbee and Braeden Ediger.

MHS (64) — Stufflebean 2-3, 2-7, 6; Mx. Alexander 9-15, 2-3, 20; Hoppes 2-3, 1-1, 5; Jk. Alexander 7-6, 6-9, 21; Kinnamon 1-2, 3-4, 5; Elliott 0-0, 0-0, 0; E. Pyle 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schmid 0-1, 1-2, 1; Courtney 0-2, 0-0, 0; Madron 0-1, 2-2, 2; Jy. Alexander 1-1, 0-0, 2; S. Pyle 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 23-45, 17-28, 64. 3-pointers — Jk. Alexander 1.

El Dorado (38) — Price 2-8 0-0, 5; Johnson 1-5, 0-0, 2; Wittenberg 2-4, 3-4, 7; Koehler 2-10, 3-6, 7; Clausing 7-18, 1-3, 15; Jensen 0-0, 1-2, 1; Fowler 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wittum 0-4, 0-0, 0; Meyer 0-2, 1-2, 1. Totals — 14-52, 9-17, 38. 3-pointers — Price 1.

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MHS JV (78) — Elliott 5, E. Pyle 6, Schmid 10, Courtney 11, Madron 23, Jay. Alexander 10, Gerbrandt 3, Forkell 2, S. Pyle 8.

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MHS 9th (50) — Dukes 20, Morgan 6, Buckbee 9, Ruddle 4, Ediger 9, Jones 2.


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