Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
It was nothing but a tune-up game for the McPherson High School boys basketball team. The Bullpups steamrolled Dodge City High School, 82-41, extending their winning streak to three and improve to 4-2 on the season. Dodge City’s first win has to wait.
Five Bullpups reached double figures. It was a big night for McPherson’s reserves after dropping 37 bench points while the starters saw some limited minutes, knowing that they play the next day. Eli Pyle was lights out from behind the arc as he went 4 for 9 and earned a career-high 18 points. Sam Pyle and Trey Buckbee added 12 points combine. Adam Elliott added five.
After a 22-10 lead in the first, the Bullpups locked down Dodge City defensively as they only scored four points in the second quarter. A Couple of things that stood out most for Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon was the Bullpups avoiding turnovers and their ball movements.
“We had three turnovers in the first half. We did a good job of taking care of the ball,” Kinnamon said. ” (The) 12 assists in the first half I remembered and we ended up with 22 assists. That’s really good, and we did a good job sharing the ball, moving the ball against pressure.”
The Bullpups also dominated in the steals category as they had a total of 16 steals. Jayton Alexander and Seth Madron had 10 alone. Alexander, McPherson’s vocal leader, finished with 12 points, six steals and three assists.
“He’s the engine that makes up go as far as talking,” Kinnamon said. “He’s our best talker and communicator and I think he did a good job.”
Madron had three assists in the first half, but added three more in less than two minutes in the third quarter. Madron ended up with 10 points and nine assists. Only one assist shy of a double-double.
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Shockingly, McPherson’s big man Cody Stufflebean went scoreless in Friday’s win. However, he made it up with 10 board. Kinnamon was a bit stunned but not too concerned.
“I mean if you tell me that Cody is not going to score and we’re going to win by 40, I would say you’re crazy,” Kinnamon said. “Every rebound he went after it, but he’s going to have to get 10 rebounds tomorrow night he’s going to more like 20 points.”
The Bullpups will now focus on Piper High School. Piper is coming off an overtime thriller with St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The Pirates were victorious, 68-64. Kinnamon remains confident that his boys will get it done. Madron is likely to guard Piper’s top player Tamar Bates.
“There are just so big and physical and talented,” Kinnamon said. “We have to go in there and play one of our better games than here tomorrow night. “