After a somewhat shaky win against Washburn Rural Friday night, the McPherson High boys basketball team was out to prove something Tuesday against Mulvane as they opened AVCTL District III play.
And boy did they.
The game was close for the first quarter, but Ryan Horton got hot from outside the arc in the second, as the Bullpups barrelled over the Wildcats 78-52.
Horton had a trio of three pointers in the second quarter, giving the Pups a 32-22 advantage at the break.
The wheels completely fell off the wagon for Mulvane in the third, though, as Horton drained three more from distance, sparking an incredible 30-7 run for McPherson in the period that effectively ended any hopes of a Wildcat comeback, as Mulvane trailed 62-29 at the end of the period.
Coach Kurt Kinnamon kept his starters in only a few more minutes in the fourth quarter, as the Bullpup lead at one point grew to 40 points, though Mulvane did keep fighting to knock the score down to 78-52 at the final buzzer.
“Defensively, we did a pretty good job,” Kinnamon said. “There was about a four minute stretch at the start of the second half where the lead went from 10 to 40 points. I think that’s as good as we’ve played yet.”
Ryan Horton led all scorers with 18 points, including going 5-of-6 from behind the three point arc.
He was one of four Bullpups that finished in double figures, as Keaton Sorenson added 16 points, Kyler Kinnamon had 15 and Peter Horton picked up a double double with 14 points and 11 boards.
“The key tonight was that we had different guys step up and take the scoring load in at least three different quarters,” Kinnamon said.
MHS is now off to a 3-0 start and is 1-0 in AVCTL play. Mulvane falls to 3-2, 0-1 in league play.
MHS is off now until Saturday, when they play in the Hy-Vee Shootout in Kansas City, Mo., against Liberty North, Mo. Game time is tentatively set for 6 p.m.
McPherson — Horton, R. 18; Kinnamon 15; Sorenson 16; Horton, P. 14; Houghton 6; Bahr 4; Wine 2, Gabel 3.