Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
Out of the four games the McPherson High School boys basketball team played, Tuesday’s 64-47 win was as good as it gets. The Bullpups are now back in .500 with a 2-2 record and their first league win of the year.
The McPherson boys extend its winning streak to 28 over Buhler, marking back to 1997 reportedly. The atmosphere was intense from both McPherson and Buhler side, but the Bullpups had their minds on playing all four quarters of basketball offensively and defensively.
“I’m proud of them. They played hard. If there was a loose ball on the floor, I thought we got it,” Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “That talks to their determination and effort. It was a nice win and that was a good team. We did a good job.”
Once again, the Bullpups was led by the duo of Cody Stufflebean and Seth Madron. Stufflebean picked up a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The K-State commit was strong in the paint and set the tone early with eight points in the first quarter.
While Seth Madron was electrifying with his athleticism right from the start of the second quarter. Madron had 13 points in the first half.
“Seth was just tremendous,” Kinnamon said. “He is just so athletic that he is a hard guard for anybody. When you have a hard guard on the perimeter and you have a really hard guard inside then surround him with shooters and smart kids , it’s a tough matchup.”
Kinnamon also gave praise to Sam Pyle, scored a career-high seven points coming off the bench. Hayes Schmid who knocked a pair a three-pointer and finished with eight points and Eli Pyle, who knocked down a corner three. Schmid and Cooper Courtney tied for eight points.
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The game was competitive in the first quarter but the Bullpups had the upper hand when they led 17-11. Schmid ended the quarter with jumper at the buzzer. The defense was also able to keep Buhler’s big man Myles Thompson grounded from inside. After a corner three by Courtney, the Bullpups were up 27-18 with less than three minutes left in the second. The Bullpups outscored the Crusaders 18-9 in the second quarter as he led 35-20 at halftime.
McPherson continued to put pressure on the Crusaders defensively. Buhler, usually a three-point team that averaged 73.5 points a game, struggled to make their shots, only shooting 6 for 17 from behind the arc. Max Alexander, who made his return to the Roundhouse for the first time after transferring McPherson led the Crusaders with 18 points.Thompson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Kinnamon mentioned stopping one of Buhler’s top player, Drake Dick , who finished the night with seven points.
“This was one of those games where you could see in No. 4’s (Drake Dick) eyes, he wasn’t going to let us get away,” Kinnamon said. “We did a really good job of finding him inside early on when you can establish that, it opens up a lot of open looks from the perimeter, and we did a pretty good job knocking down some shots from the perimeter.”
Kinnamon was also pleased that his Bullpups took care of the ball, which was something he wanted them to improve after allowing 25 turnovers last week against derby. The Bullpups only had eight on Tuesday’s win, two only in the first half.
“I think we did a good job of keeping our composure, not turning the ball over down the stretch when they were bringing heavy pressure, so I was really proud of them for that,” Kinnamon said.
The Bullpups will be back on the road on Friday to take on Winfield High school on Friday at 7:30 p.m.