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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups pluck Salt Hawks 64-50

  • McPherson High boys coach Kurt Kinnamon was very vocal during the first half of Thursday’s game with Hutchinson, but the Bullpups settled into a rhythm in the second half on their way to a 64-50 win.
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  • McPherson High boys coach Kurt Kinnamon was very vocal during the first half of Thursday’s game with Hutchinson, but the Bullpups settled into a rhythm in the second half on their way to a 64-50 win.
    The Pups struggled early in the first quarter, as the Salt Hawks opened up with a 5-0 run, but McPherson went ahead 9-7 on a Marcus Houghton layup with three minutes left in the period, though he missed the follow-up foul shot.
    McPherson would hold the lead at 14-10 entering the second quarter, but Hutchinson senior Reggie Slaton put up a three ball that pulled the Salt Hawks to within three.
    MHS would respond with a 6-2 run that gave them a slight lead, but mistakes and a lack of diversity on the offensive side of the ball allowed Hutchinson to come back to take a 27-22 lead at the half.
    Keaton Sorenson and Peter Horton were the lone bright spots offensively in the first half for the Bullpups, as they each had nine points. Kyler Kinnamon had a lone free throw in the half.
    The Bullpups came out in the third period more aggressively than they ended the second, with both Ryan and Peter Horton making big three pointers to pull McPherson to within two points, then Marcus Houghton fought his way to the basket to tie up the ball game.
    Peter Horton caught fire in the period, as he drained three long-balls and sparked an 8-0 run by the Bullpups to end the period up 45-37.
    The fourth quarter saw MHS just out-pace the Salt Hawks, with the Pups just chipping away at the Salt Hawks’ confidence on their way to the victory.
    Peter Horton ended the game with 21 points, followed by Sorenson’s 16. Kyler Kinnamon added 12 and Houghton 11 in the victory.
    Turner was the only Salt Hawk to reach double digits, scoring 20 points.
    After the game, Kurt Kinnamon was pleased his team was able to stand toe-to-toe with a strong team like Hutchinson.
    “We didn’t look that worn down,” Kinnamon said. “It’s hard to play when you’ve got someone there all the time, when you’ve got somebody grabbing you.”
    Kinnamon credited his team with staying calm in the third quarter, despite finding themselves down eight points, and putting together that 8-0 run.
    “Bob Knight used to just kind of sit back and say, ‘You guys figure it out,’” he said. “I think (the Bullpups) did a pretty good job of figuring it out.”
    McPherson (5-1) is now off until Jan. 4, when they return home to the McPherson High Roundhouse for only the second time this season to host Winfield. Tip off will be about 7:30 p.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - The JV squad lost their game to Hutchinson Thursday night 56-51. Avery Gabel led the way with 16 points for the Bullpups, followed by Spenser Wine’s 10. Dylan Stos added eight, Drew Pyle had seven and Nathan Nutter chipped in for six points in the loss.
    McPherson — Houghton 5 1-5 11; Sorenson 5 6-10 16; Kinnamon 2 8-11 12; Horton, R. 1 1-2 4; Horton, P. 8 1-2 21.
    Hutchinson — Higgins 2 0-0 5; Arnold 0 2-3 2; Parra 1 0-0 2; Wells 1 0-0 3; Turner, C. 0 1-2 1; Flores 1 1-1 3; Turner. T, 8 3-5 20; Dower 1 2-3 4; Ackley 1 1-2 3.

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