Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
WINFIELD—The McPherson High School boys basketball will enjoy the holiday break reaching above .500 after steamrolling Winfield High School 66-30. The Bullpups now improve to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the AVCTL Division III League.
Winfield lacked height and length compared to McPherson. For Head Coach Krut Kinnamon, he used that to their advantage from both sides of the field.
“That made a big difference,” Kinnamon said. “We had our tallest team available out there on the floor which is a good defense but sometimes offensively they basically ran the same offense that we run. We needed to run something different that we can do with the three bigs in there.”
The Bullpups developed themselves as a second-half team. Going into the third quarter, the Bullpups outscored the Vikings 28-5 after leading 30-18 at halftime. Seth Madron, who was off to a shaky start in the first half with four points, got into a groove into the second half and eventually became McPherson’s top scorer for the fifth-straight game with 16 points. Hayes Schmid also had a big night as he finished with 13 points. Cody Stufflebean muscled his way with 11 points, and Cooper Courtney dropped eight points. Eli and Sam Pyle also stepped up in the bench role as they both combined for 14 points. Eli Pyle knocked a couple of three-pointers when he was open while Sam Pyle continued to show more aggression in the paint.
“I was just happy with how hard we played in the second half,” Kinnamon said. “We just cranked it up a bit and turn them over some.”
The Bullpups had the edge on Winfield despite giving up early turnovers which gave McPherson a 12-5 lead. Winfield nailed a couple of 3s to erase the 7-point deficit and eventually was 16-14 game. Schmid answered with a three-pointer which started the 7-0 run.
In the third quarter, the Bullpups went on an 8-0 run, while Winfield went scoreless in the first five minutes. Winfield’s Jacob George, who Winfield’s top scorer with nine points, ended the streak with a corner three, but the Vikings were still trailing 38-21. While Winfield only put up five points in the third, the bullpups already had a 5-point lead, which led to a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Three Bullpups finished in double figures. Seth Madron led the Bullpups with 16 points. Schmid was second with 13, and Cody Stufflebean with 11 points.
The Bullpups are now on winter break and will return to court until Jan.3, where they host Dodge City high School at 7:30 p.m. at the Roundhouse.