The old saying “bowling ball shoe ugly” could have been applied to the McPherson boys' 55-36 win over Rose Hill Tuesday night, as the Bullpups struggled in the first half against the Rockets
The old saying “bowling ball shoe ugly” could have been applied to the McPherson boys' 55-36 win over Rose Hill Tuesday night, as the Bullpups struggled in the first half against the Rockets.
Rose Hill (2-6) scored first, but McPherson responded with a 6-0 run, but a series of mental errors allowed the Rockets to hang around, as the Pups led 13-8 after one quarter.
Gabe Nickel was big for Rose Hill in the second as MHS' struggles continued, knocking down a pair of three-pointers that pulled the Rockets to within three, but the Pups managed to extend the lead to seven, leading 28-21 at the half.
“We've got to get tougher,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said after the win. “We've got to get tougher getting to the ball. They did a good job of pushing us around; they had some physical guys that gave us some problems around the glass.”
McPherson made some adjustments heading into the third quarter, as the Bullpups showed a bit of fire both offensively and defensively, holding the Rockets to only seven points in the period while pouring on 16 in the period.
“Anytime you hold someone to 36 points, you've done a good job defensively,” Kinnamon said. “But a game like that, to only score 55 points, we've got to get better.”
Keaton Sorenson scored 15 for McPherson, while Alex Bahr added 10, the only two Pups in double digits. Rose Hill's Bret Waddell led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Nickel with 11.
The Rockets mustered eight in the final quarter.
The Pups (7-1) will have an opportunity to get better Friday, as they will face an El Dorado team that defeated Winfield 60-54 Tuesday night.
Tipoff from the Roundhouse will come at approximately 7:30 p.m. and the first 300 kids middle school age and younger will receive a free poster.
In the JV contest, the Bullpups held the Rockets to only 27 points in a 53-27 victory. Individual scoring was unavailable.
McPherson —Houghton 6, Stos 1, Sorenson 15, Bahr 10, Pyle 2, Kinnamon 9, Horton, R. 4, Horton, P. 8.
Rose Hill — Waddell, B. 16, Nickel 11, Waddell, A. 5, Slade 4.