MHS boys grind out 59-48 victory over Buhler

By Steve Sell
January 02, 2018
Kendall Shaw

After McPherson High's boys and Buhler lit up the scoreboard in the first half here Tuesday, the bulbs went cold in the third quarter.

There were just 7 points total in the period, but 6 of them belonged to the Bullpups as they doubled their five-point 37-32 halftime lead to 10.

MHS managed to massage the lead the rest of the way as it completed a hard-earned 59-48 victory to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Ben Pyle scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Bullpups, but it was the unsung players and the bench that came through with a monster performance.

Drew Labertew had a huge stretch in the third quarter where he scored 4 points and made two top defensive plays that propelled the Bullpups to a solid lead they would not give up.

"That stretch Drew had where all he did was study the scouting report, jumped the K-State play and went down and scored, then he took a charge (turned the tide)," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said."Jayse Alexander came up with a couple of big steals. Cody Stufflebean took some charges. Gabe Hoover had a nice steal, so it was our guys who don't get that attention who won the game tonight. Kyle Hoppes came in and hit an open 3 in the first half that was big. Our bench and Ben being just unbelievable in the first half — if he doesn't shoot lights-out in the first half, we're getting kicked."

The Bullpups couldn't score in the paint in the first half, making just 3 of 14, so they ventured outside to make 9 of 15 from beyond the arc, including 6 of 8 by Pyle.

The Bullpups held Buhler to just 19 of 41 from the field. Dylan Brown led the Crusaders with 17 points, while Dalton Smyres had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Grant Owen had 9 points and 9 rebounds, but slowed down in the second half after a good start.

The MHS JVs had little trouble in a 67-38 victory. Max Alexander led the way with 20 points and Stufflebean tossed in 14. Nine Bullpups in all scored.

In the ninth-grade game, Buhler’s Brenton Burns scored the game’s final 4 points on free throws as the Crusaders outlasted the Bullpups, 51-48. MHS had a shot at the buzzer to tie, but it rimmed off. Jayton Alexander tallied 21 points to lead the Bullpups and Eli Pyle furnished 12.

MHS, now 6-1, goes on the road Friday to play Circle in Towanda.

MHS (59) — Labertew 4-6, 1-1, 9; Mas. Alexander 0-7, 2-4, 2; Jk. Alexander 2-8, 2-2, 7; B. Pyle 8-16, 0-1, 22; Diggs 3-7, 1-2, 7; Stufflebean 0-1, 2-2, 2; Hoppes 1-2, 0-0, 3; Kinnamon 0-0, 0-1, 0; Trost 1-1, 0-0, 2; Jays. Alexander 2-3, 0-0, 5. Totals — 21-50, 8-13, 59. 3-pointers — B. Pyle 6, Jk. Alexander 1, Hoppes 1, Jays. Alexander 1.

Buhler (48) — Da. Brown 1-6, 4-6, 6; Schrag 0-4, 0-0, 0; Smyres 4-6, 1-2, 11; Dy. Brown 5-17, 5-7, 17; Owens 3-6, 3-5, 9; Dick 1-1, 0-0, 3; LeShore 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 15-41, 5-16, 49. 3-pointers — Smyres 2, Dy. Brown 2, Dick 1.

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MHS JV (67) — Mx. Alexander 20, Stufflebean 14, Schmid 7, Hoppes 4, Koehn 4, Kinnamon 4, Courtney 2, Trost 6, S. Pyle 6.

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MHS 9th (48) — Jayt. Alexander 21, E. Pyle 12, Powell 2, Elliott 7, Hardman 6.


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