MHS boys stifle Winfield, 59-32

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2020

Winfield’s boys couldn’t see the forest through McPherson High’s trees.

The enormous length advantage of the Bullpups was evident at both ends of the floor on Friday as MHS celebrated Homecoming with a 59-32 victory over the Vikings to move its AVCTL Division III record to 7-0 and overall mark to 11-6 as it tries to move up the Class 5A West ladder.

“I thought we played confidently,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said after the team’s second blowout win of the week after two tough losses. “The thing I was the most pleased with was we communicated pretty well defensively. I was really happy with that. When you can hear guys talking defensively, that pleases me. I thought we were really good. I thought Coop (Cooper Courtney) really sparked us tonight defensively.”

With starting point guard Jayton Alexander out with sickness, Kinnamon elected to go with his “big lineup,” with 6-5 Cody Stufflebean, the 6-4 Courtney and 6-4 Sam Pyle, while the Vikings had the look of Lilliputians as that trio had extended length, while Bullpup guards Seth Madron and Hayes Schmid play taller than their listed height.

“We had a tremendous size advantage,” Kinnamon said. “It makes sense that we would get it to the goal. And we did a nice job with that.”

It was Dunkapalooza in the first half as Pyle threw down a pair of hammerjacks and Madron put the cap on a 36-19 half with a pogo-stick slam. An added bonus was the Bullpups going 5 of 10 from 3-point, led by Schmid and Eli Pyle, who knocked down a couple apiece.

The Bullpups then turned to their defense in the second half, giving up just 3 points in the third quarter and 13 for the half.

Balance was a key as Madron led the way with 11 (with two dunks) and Schmid added 10, while Courtney and Sam Pyle scored 9 apiece.

MHS finished the game 20 of 37 from the field and didn’t take a 3-pointer in the second half.

MHS, which clinched a 37th  straight winning season, has a major test coming up on Tuesday at it travels to arch-rival Buhler, which upset Augusta on Friday to give the Bullpups a two-game lead in D-III with three left to play.

The JV boys made a big rally as they trailed 45-37 going into the fourth quarter, but came back for a 49-48 victory behind 17 points by Jayden Dukes and 11 by Darriene Gibbs, who made 7 of 8 free throws.

In the ninth-grade game, the Bullpups have gotten on a roll as their 69-57 victory was their fifth straight. Layne Graves and Mason Miller tallied 14 points apiece, while Joe Brawner furnished 11 and Dawson Feil chipped in with 10.

MHS (59) – Stufflebean 2-4, 0-0, 4; Schmid 2-5, 4-4, 10; Madron 4-7, 3-6, 11; Courtney 4-7, 1-2, 9; S. Pyle 2-3, 5-8, 9; Elliott 2-3, 0-0, 5; E. Pyle 2-4, 0-0, 6; Dukes 1-1, 0-0, 2; Ediger 0-0, 1-2, 1; Keane 0-0, 0-0, 0; Gibbs 1-3, 0-1, 2. Totals – 20-37, 14-23, 59. 3-pointers – Schmid 2, E. Pyle 2, Elliott 1.

Winfield (32) – George 1-7, 0-0, 3; Crandall 1-1, 0-1, 3; Foust 0-1, 0-0, 0; Harper 4-9, 3-5, 11; Towles 2-4, 3-5, 7; Yingling 0-1, 0-0, 0; Venable 1-4, 0-0, 3; Bousher 0-1, 0-0, 0; Beckwith 1-3, 1-2, 3; McCauley 0-1, 0-0, 0; Kaufman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Acosta 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hall 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals – 11-37, 7-13, 32. 3-pointers – George 1, Crandall 1, Venable 1.

MHS JV (49) – Elliott 6, Feil 7, Dukes 17, Ediger 5, N. Brawner 3, Gibbs 11.

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MHS 9th   (69) -- Myers 7, Graves 14, Feil 10, J. Brawner 11, Gottwald 9, N. Brawner 4, Miller 14.


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