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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups comeback to beat Red Demons 53-42

  • Much like Tuesday night's overtime win against Andale, the McPherson High boys found themselves in a dogfight with Dodge City during homecoming Friday night at the Roundhouse.
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  • Much like Tuesday night's overtime win against Andale, the McPherson High boys found themselves in a dogfight with Dodge City during homecoming Friday night at the Roundhouse.
    There would be no overtime period this time, however, as McPherson found the spark they were looking for heading into the fourth quarter and raced out to a 53-42 win.
    "Dodge City presents a variety of challenges," MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said of his team's battle with the Red Demons. "Their always changing defenses and pretty much just daring you to take shots."
    The Pups did dare to take shots in the first half but, unfortunately, had troubles making them fall. Dodge City had a small run early in the first quarter to claim the advantage, thanks in part to Austin Weiser, who had the first nine Red Demon points.
    McPherson would fight back, however, and close the gap to 18-14 at the end of the first quarter. Dodge City would extend their lead, however, to six points again in the second quarter before McPherson would force a couple of key turnovers and battle back to within two with 90 seconds left. Dodge City's Jace Larson started a 5-0 run, though, in the final minute of play with a three-pointer to give the Red Demons a 27-22 lead at the half.
    The second half started with MHS fighting back to tie the game up several times, only for Dodge City to score one more bucket to break the gridlock before the Bullpups could surge ahead.
    McPherson grabbed it's first lead since the first quarter at the 7:45 mark in the fourth quarter thanks to Kyler Kinnamon, though it was short lived, as Dodge City immediately responded with a Larson jumper to give the Red Demons back the lead.
    Ryan Horton fired up back-to-back three-pointers right after, however, to give McPherson the lead with 6:29 left in the fourth. The Bullpups then went on an 11-1 run to put the win to bed.
    After the game, Kurt Kinnamon praised the team effort in the comeback win.
    "Ryan really played a fantastic second half, as far as scoring the ball," Kinnamon said. "Keaton (Sorenson) kind of carried us in the first half, doing a really good job on the boards. And Kyler had 10 assists. It was just a good, overall team effort."
    Ryan Horton had 13 second half points to lead the Bullpups in scoring. Sorenson and Kinnamon picked up double-doubles for McPherson, as Sorenson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Kinnamon had 11 points and 10 assists. Marcus Houghton, who left the game briefly with an injured ankle in the third quarter, scored 11 points.
    The MHS JV boys fell 37-30 to Dodge City. Drew Pyle led the way with 13 points.
    The freshmen won their contest 46-39. Marcus McDaniel had 11 points, while Gallagher Martin-Chavez had 10.
    Page 2 of 2 - McPherson is off until Friday night, where they travel to El Dorado for an AVCTL Division III showdown.
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