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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bullpups steamroll Smoky Valley 73-36

  • The McPherson High boys made an emphatic statement to open up play in the Class 4A Abilene sub-state Tuesday night at the Roundhouse, blasting Smoky Valley 73-36.
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  • The McPherson High boys made an emphatic statement to open up play in the Class 4A Abilene sub-state Tuesday night at the Roundhouse, blasting Smoky Valley 73-36.
    The Bullpups started out a little shaky, making a few mental errors, but those were shaken off quickly as MHS rolled out on a 12-1 run, giving them a 24-12 lead going into the second quarter.
    Smoky Valley kept fighting, though, and kept McPherson from really putting the game away before the half, as the Bullpups were only able to outscore the Vikings 10-7 in the frame.
    “First round games are hard to play,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “Kyler (Kinnamon’s) first two fouls he got were because he wasn’t ready to play. He wasn’t alert, he wasn’t getting help-side. And he wasn’t the only one.”
    The Bullpups came back out in the third ready to go, however, and poured it on Smoky Valley with a 27-13 scoring performance that gave them a 30 point advantage going into the final quarter.
    Senior Keaton Sorenson, taking his final bow in the Roundhouse as a Bullpup, put the exclamation point on the game with a thunderous dunk at the 4:50 mark of the third that seemed to take all the fight out of the Vikings, who only managed four points in the final period.
    McPherson shot nearly 53 percent from the field on the game and hit a perfect 13-of-13 from the foul line. They only turned the ball over seven times to Smoky Valley’s 22.
    Sorenson led all scorers with 18 points, 10 of which coming in the second half. Peter Horton added 14, while both Alex Bahr, getting the start over the injured Ryan Horton, and Kyler Kinnamon both had 10.
    Kurt Kinnamon said the main concern coming out of this opening round game with everyone healthy, as a showdown with Abilene looms on Thursday.
    “I think, for the most part, we did that,” Kinnamon said. “Kyler did something to his achilles that scares me to death. I’m afraid he’s going to be sore tomorrow. I hope it’s nothing serious.”
    The Cowboys defeated Buhler Tuesday 67-41 to set up the semifinal showdown with the Bullpups. Kinnamon said senior Marcus Houghton, who held Smoky Valley’s Andy Osner to only six shot attempts, will have another tough challenge Thursday.
    “Marcus has become a good lock-down defender,” Kinnamon said. “He’s going to have to do that Thursday against Andy Wilson, who signed early with Washburn. He’s a very, very fine player.”
    Kinnamon said the matchup with Abilene concerns him a little.
    Page 2 of 2 - “In their place, especially, with their size and their shooting ability,” Kinnamon said, “we’re going to have to make sure that we do a really good job on the glass.”
    He also added the help-side defense was going to have to step up, as he was a little disappointed in the effort against Smoky Valley.
    “If we don’t have better help-side than that against Abilene, their 6-8 kid is going to get 50,” Kinnamon said.
    McPherson will be traveling to Abilene for the remainder of sub-state play. Thursday’s tipoff with Abilene will be at about 7:30 p.m.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at chris.swick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.
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