Mac to entertain KCAC leader Tabor

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2016

The KCAC’s basketball gold standard is in town today.

Tabor College, with both its men and women 15-0 in KCAC play, invades the Sport Center to take on McPherson College.

The women start at 5 p.m., the men at 7.

Mac’s women are 8-8 in the KCAC, the men are 3-13.

Both games will be carried on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Chris Swick on the play-by-play call.

Agonizing loss for Central men

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2016

Central Christian College’s men seem to lose nothing but heartbreakers when matched up against College of the Ozarks.

Friday was no different as the Bobcats prevailed 74-72 in the Tigers’ most gut-wrenching loss of the season at Alexander Arena.

Down 74-72, CCC star Alonzo Stafford was fouled with less than a second remaining on a 3-point attempt to win the game. Stafford missed the first two free throws and then tried to miss the last one on purpose hoping for a Tiger tip-in. But he didn’t draw rim as Central fell to 15-6 on the season while Ozarks is 17-5.

The game, however, may have been lost in the first half. The Tigers came out red-hot, up as many as 11. But C of O roared back within one at the break, 39-38.

Central led by as many as five late, but the Bobcats again rallied to put another dagger in the Tigers’ heart.

“The effort was there, the talk was there," CCC coach Tony Romero said. "We had a lot of opportunities to push out at moments and just couldn't convert. They are too good of a team to give them that many chances to stick around. We did a lot things well that put us in position to get the win, we just came up short. We could have done a better on the glass, we didn't go after the ball very hard.  We have to keep our heads and bounce back."

Stafford and Michael Gholston led CCC with 15 points apiece and Ernest Burton added 10 off the bench. Central made only 5 of 18 from 3, normally one of its strengths. Stafford did pluck 10 rebounds to complete a double-double.

Central is hosting Haskell today at 5:00 at Alexander Arena.

CCC (72) — Stafford 15, Warren 2, Nwosuh 6, Gholston 15, Clayborn 8, Jackson 7, Burton 10, Adams 9.

C of O (74) — Frazier 3, Stardbird 12, Paschke 17, Young 6, Murray 12, Carmichael 7, Smith 12, Burland 6.

• COLLEGE OF OZARKS WOMEN 79, CENTRAL 51 — The Lady Bobcats, the No. 4 team in the country, struggled early with Central before assuming command.

A huge second quarter pushed the halftime lead to 41-24.

The loss spoiled a terrific game by MacKenzie Woods, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds. No other Tiger hit for double figures.

“Overall, I wasn't too happy with tonight's game,” CCC coach Chris Honeck said. “There were stretches where we did things pretty well. Our defense wasn't too bad when we followed the game plan and scouting report, and offensively, when we ran our stuff the way we're supposed to, we were pretty good. The problem we had, though, was when C of O stepped up their game at the defensive end of the court, we only had three or four kids who got tough and continued to try to do things the way we need to. Unfortunately, we need to have all five kids doing it right all the time to be successful, especially against a team as good as College of the Ozarks, and we're not getting that against the level of competition we've played lately."

Nationally ranked Haskell is here today for a 3 p.m. game at Alexander Arena.

Central (51) — Woods 18, Crittenden 6, Brooks 8, Costello 2, Banks 5, Young 2, Grimaldo 8, Stackhouse 2.

C of O (79) — Uchtman 8, McMenamy 6, Simmerman 10, Roberts 6, Wisdom 9, Brethower 5, Cleeton 8, Johnson 9, Underdown 4, Bovard 14.

MHS boys barely get out of Dodge alive

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2016

DODGE CITY — Maybe since McPherson High's boys traveled so far West on Friday for their matchup with Dodge City, they were on Mountain Standard Time.

Whatever the reason, the Bullpups' alarm clock didn't sound until the fourth quarter. Down 11 points at the beginning of the period, MHS unleashed a furious rally to get the game tied and eventually triumphed over the 5-9 Red Demons 75-69 in double-overtime.

MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said the only good to come out of the night was that his team won the game.

"They did a really good job of mixing up their defense, it's hard to play against a defense like that," said Kinnamon, whose 13-1 team went up against a variety of zones and junk defenses that included a box-and-1 and triangle-and-2. "We're fortunate to get of here with a win."

What irked Kinnamon most was that his team was pounded on the glass as Dodge City ripped down 37 rebounds to just 23 for the Bullpups, who seemed a step behind all night until they realized their No. 1 ranking was in jeopardy.

"We're lucky to win, there's no other way to say it," Kinnamon said. "The team that played the best tonight didn't win. You get pounded on the glass 37-23? Most nights you're going to lose. That's a recipe on the road to lose."

MHS trailed 23-20 at the half and Dodge finished the third quarter strong to go up 43-32. But the Bullpups then turned up the heat on defense, received some help with an ill-advised technical foul on a Dodge player, while Ben and Drew Pyle both buried late 3s to get the game into overtime. MHS had a 64-62 lead in the first OT, but Dodge's Matt Karns scored with 4 seconds left to force another extra session. There, MHS simply imposed its will to lead by as many as nine.

Drew Pyle scored 27 points, brother Ben added 17, while Jacob Loecker and Spenser Wine tallied 12 apiece. Dayton McGroarty time and again got to the basket unbated to lead Dodge City 20 points.

The MHS JVs won a slow-paced game, 36-29. Kyler Hoppes' eight points led the way.

 Hoppes also was on fire in the freshman game, pouring in 27 points in just three quarters to spark the Bullpups to a 70-42 victory. Aren Trost provided the inside play with 12 points.

The Bullpups are back home Tuesday to take on Great Bend.

MHS (75) — McDaniel 2-12, 0-2, 4; Labertew 1-1, 0-0, 3; Loecker 4-5, 4-4, 12; D. Pyle 10-19, 3-4, 27; B. Pyle 4-8, 7-10, 17; Wine 3-5, 6-8, 12; Seidl 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 24-51, 20-30, 75. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 4, B. Pyle 2, Labertew 1.

Dodge (69) — McGroarty 8-14, 3-3, 20; Unruh 5-8, 0-1, 12; Reid 3-8, 0-0, 9; Walters 3-7, 1-2, 8; Karns 3-5, 2-3, 8; Williams 5-9, 2-5, 12. Totals — 27-51, 8-14, 69. 3-pointers — Reid 3, Unruh 2, McGroarty 1, Walters 1.

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MHS JV (36) — Gerbrandt 3, Js. Alexander 6, Seidl 5, Spaich 4, Hoppes 8, Malm 2, Labertew 4, Jk. Alexander 4.

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MHS 9th (70) — L. Brossard 2, Wiard 7, Hoppes 27, Hoover 9, Burns 2, Kinnamon 7, Avila 4, Trost 12.

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