McPherson’s seventh-grade boys did not permit a point to Goddard in the first half here Tuesday and cruised to a stress-free 61-7 basketball victory.
“I was very proud with how fast this team started,” Bullpup coach Eric Burghart said. “Our defense really created a lot of opportunities for us early in this one and it made for a more comfortable final 18 minutes. The final score is lopsided, but I wanted to make sure our struggles don't get lost in the score. Our on-ball defense and rebounding were poor at best and we missed some point-blank layups that in another game will be the difference. We came out sloppy in the second half with some dropped passes and a missed assignment, all things to work on moving forward. I was so impressed with how Jaret Myers got after it on the defensive side, and thought Hunter Alvord did a great job of driving downhill and putting pressure on Goddard's defense.”
Alvord led the Bullpups with 17 points and Jaytin Gumm tallied 14.
MMS was a 31-26 winner in the second game as it spread the wealth among nine players, led by Layne Graves with 9 points.
“Very proud of how our B-guys kept our composure in a very tight game throughout,” Burghart said. “It was messy as many first games are, but coach (Cody) Cape has been working hard with this group on our offensive and defensive shape and it will only continue to improve. I was very impressed with Layne Graves as he hit a couple of huge 3s to catch us up and put us ahead, he also did a fantastic job of running the offense and staying organized. Kendrick McCloud showed great effort on the boards and did a good job of just playing basketball and not getting too caught up in the moment.”
The Bullpups head to Maize South on Thursday for what should be a high competitive twinbill.
MMS A (61) — Alvord 17, Gumm 14, Becker 8, Gottwald 8, Feil 7, Miller 3, Backhus 2, Myers 2.
MMS B (31) — Graves 9, Gottwald 4, Bacon 4, McCloud 3, Bena 2, Bocox 2, Brawner 2, Shetler 2, Mai 2. One point unaccounted for.