The question coming into Friday night’s AVCTL Division III showdown between McPherson and El Dorado boiled down to, ‘Who is the best in the league?’
The question coming into Friday night’s AVCTL Division III showdown between McPherson and El Dorado boiled down to, ‘Who is the best in the league?’ The Bullpups answered by dismantling the Wildcats 76-41. “Somewhere along the line, I keep waiting for the hammer to drop of us not being ready to go from the start,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “But, really, as I look back, I don’t know what [the Bullpups] are doing in their warm-up, but they have themselves ready to play and they’re focused. I really like that.” Kyler Kinnamon was kept relatively quiet Friday night, instead focusing more on shutting down Wildcat guard Travis House defensively. That allowed Drew Pyle and Nathan Nutter to take the spotlight, however, as both lit up the El Dorado defense in the first quarter. Pyle scored 13 points in the opening eight minutes on his way to a season-high 22 points, while Nutter finished the night with 12. In fact, Pyle was so in-tune during the first quarter, he went 6-for-6 from the field. “It’s good to see Drew shoot the ball,” Kurt Kinnamon said. “We never lost confidence in the fact that he can shoot it, because we see it everyday in practice.” For Nutter, who has really come out of his shell since the Christmas break for McPherson and played solid basketball on both sides of the ball, Kinnamon attributed the new confidence to Nutter’s adaptation to the coach’s sometimes vocal coaching style. “That used to just bother Nathan,” Kinnamon said. “And he’s past that and he understands that’s just how I teach on the basketball floor. And he has really played well.” Senior Ryan Horton rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Pups (8-0, 5-0 AVCTL Div. III) with 13 points. McPherson played with an unbelievable intensity from the opening tip off, as they scored 17 of the games first 19 points and led 29-8 at the half, leaving a shell-shocked El Dorado crowd in their wake. Jared Haury was the lone bright spot for the Wildcats, really, as he finished the game with 17 points. House, the Wildcats’ leading scorer this season, was limited to one field goal and eight points. “It feels good,” Kinnamon said. “It feels good to play that way. Kyler did a good job on House. It was just a great team effort for the guys.” It was a Bullpup sweep for MHS, as the JV squad won 64-42, while the freshmen won 59-50. Scoring was unavailable at press time.