MHS boys race past Winfield, 79-47

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2017
Kendall Shaw

This was probably one of the best Winfield boys teams the Vikings have brought into the Roundhouse in recent years.

But it didn't matter. McPherson High is playing at such a high level that it is running over everything in its path.

The Bullpups rolled to a 44-25 halftime lead here Friday and went on for a 79-47 victory to boost their record to 4-1, 2-0 in AVCTL Division III.

MHS knocked down 55 percent of its shots in the first half, 17 of 31, and completed the night making 31 of 58, including a sizzling 10 of 22 from 3-point.

Ben Pyle and Mason Alexander spurred the Bullpups to their big lead with 19 and 12 points in the first half, respectively, not to mention Alexander had 5 assists in the half and Pyle had 4. Pyle went on to finish with 29 points and Alexander added 22. Jake Alexander had his fifth straight game in double figures with 10.

Winfield showed some grit in the third quarter by outscoring a somewhat flat Bullpup team 13-11, but MHS was re-energized at the start of the fourth quarter, ripping off a 17-2 sizz in just over 3 minutes to get the game into running clock.

"We were a little grumpy about how we finished the first half and then we came out and didn't finish the third quarter as well as we would have liked," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "Then we got out (in the fourth) and did a better job."

Jordan Mays led Winfield with 21 points and Caleb Weathers tallied 11.

"I thought defensively we played pretty hard all night," Kinnamon said. "We forced them into 20 turnovers. I would have liked to have seen us hold Mays down a little better. For him to get 21 is a little disappointing because I think we're better defenders than that. Overall, it was kind of what you would expect. But I told them in the locker room that won't be good enough Tuesday night (against Andover)."

But Kinnamon did give a tip of the cap to Winfield.

"I told coach (Connor) Bechard that your kids are playing harder than they have in the past," he said. "And I give credit to a coach when you come in and get your kids to play hard."

The MHS JVs rolled to a 65-24 triumph. Kyler Hoppes led a balanced attack with 11 points, while Max Alexander and Aren Trost chipped in with 10 apiece.

In the freshman game, Jayton Alexander and Aaron Powell combined for 41 points to lead the Bullpups to a 63-51 victory. Alexander tossed in 23 points and Powell furnished 18.

MHS (79) — Labertew 1-2, 0-0, 3; Mas. Alexander 9-15, 0-0, 22; Jk. Alexander 4-9, 1-2, 10; Diggs 2-2, 0-1, 4; B. Pyle 10-18, 5-6, 29; Stufflebean 1-4, 0-0, 2; Hoppes 1-2, 0-0, 2; Hoover 1-1, 0-0, 2; Kinnamon 0-1, 1-2, 1; Courtney 1-1, 0-0, 2; Trost 1-2, 0-0, 2; Jay. Alexander 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 31-58, 7-12, 79. 3-pointers — M. Alexander 4, B. Pyle 4, Labertew 1, Jk. Alexander 1.

Winfield (47) — Mays 6-17, 6-6, 21; Weathers 4-9, 1-2, 11; Chism 0-3, 0-0, 0; Crandall 0-2, 0-0, 0; Weber 1-1, 2-2, 4; Everett 2-6, 0-0, 5; Peroo 1-1, 0-0, 2; Foust 2-3, 0-0, 4. Totals — 16-42, 9-10, 47. 3-pointers — Mays 3, Weathers 2, Everett 1.

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MHS JVs (65) — M. Alexander 10, Stufflebean 6, Hoppes 11, Koehn 7, Hoover 2, Kinnamon 4, Courtney 9, Trost 10, S. Pyle 6.

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MHS 9th (63) — Alexander 23, E. Pyle 8, Powell 18, Gerbrandt 4, Hardman 2, Labertew 8.


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