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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups fall to Circle 45-44 in shocking upset

  • The Circle boys, coming off a long weekend at the Bluestem Classic in which they went 0-3 finishing 8th overall and falling to 1-12 on the season, were a different team Tuesday night at home as they hosted the No. 3 KBCA ranked team in McPherson and came away with a 45-44 upset victory.
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  • The Circle boys, coming off a long weekend at the Bluestem Classic in which they went 0-3 finishing 8th overall and falling to 1-12 on the season, were a different team Tuesday night at home as they hosted the No. 3 KBCA ranked team in McPherson and came away with a 45-44 upset victory.
    "It is probably one that no one saw coming,” said Circle head coach Jason Stucky. “We were struggling especially last week, and the guys they have been down with how the season has progressed, and tonight they came out with an energy of forgetting the past and the came out and played some hard basketball."
    Circle came out hard early but McPherson regained the lead in the waining moments of the first quarter and led 10-9 after 8 minutes of play.
    The Thunderbirds were strong on the boards winning second and third chances on the offensive end and limiting the Bullpups chances on their defensive board.
    Circle took a lead 25-19 with outscoring the Bullpups 16-9 in the second quarter, limiting a high-powered McPherson offense to just 19 points in the first half.
    McPherson was down but not out, and starting the third quarter to the final horn the Bullpups pressed the Thunderbirds, creating turnovers and harassing Circle into their front court.
    The consistent pressure worked as the Bullpups outscored Circle 17-10 in the third to regain the lead at 36-35 heading into the fourth quarter.
    "I told our kids that McPherson would go on a run in the second half and I thought the key was not giving McPherson the run-outs that they normally have," said Stucky.
    Both squads battled back and forth possession for possession without either team being able to pull away.  
    McPherson lost two of their big men in Keaton Sorenson and Peter Horton who fouled out with minutes remaining in the contest.
    After missing the second free throw, McPherson rebounded and took the ball down for the final shot of the game. A three point attempt by Kyler Kinnamon for the win bounced off the front of the rim, and after a scramble for the rebound, the Bullpups regained possession with one second remaining on the clock.
    On the inbound, McPherson's Marcus Houghton tried an alley-oop pass for a lay in but the pass was tipped and the shot never got off for the Bullpups.
    "We have been close all year, we have just come up short and it was our time to get one," said Dennison.
    McPherson was led offensively by Kyler Kinnamon with 15 point and Marcus Houghton with 11 points.
     Ryan Horton and Keaton Sorenson had 5 points each.
    The Thunderbirds (2-12) were led by Stewart Dennison with 10 points, Garrett Cannon with 8 points and Kaden Kirkpatrick with 7 points.
    Page 2 of 2 - McPherson (11-2) is off now until Jan. 29, when they host Andale at 7:30 p.m. at the Roundhouse.
    McPherson — Kinnamon 15; Houghton 11; Sorenson 5; Horton, R. 5; Horton, P. 4; Stos 2, Bahr 1; Wine 1.
    Circle— Dennison 10; Cannon 8; Kirkpatrick 7; Smith 6; Lara 5; Blaha 4; Wallace 3; Richard 2.

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