GREAT BEND — A two week layoff appeared to mess with the offensive rhythm of the McPherson High School boys basketball team. It had no impact on the defense.
McPherson suffocated Great Bend on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to five, defeating the Panthers 57-30. McPherson never trailed as they scored the first six points and never looked back.
Despite the 27 point win, McPherson High head coach Kurt Kinnamon knows his team was capable of more.
“If we make free throws and layups it’s an 80-30 game,” Kinnamon said. “Overall, after that long layoff, I thought we played with pretty good focus. We just ca’t turn the ball over carelessly. We’ve got to do a better job than that.”
McPherson set the tone early with a 13-2 run to start the game. After a quick bucket by Great Bend to start the second quarter, McPherson went on an 18-3 run to close the half for a 33-11 halftime lead.
The bench was able to play a lot of the fourth quarter, but that doesn’t mean there was a drop-off on the offensive or defensive ends, despite Great Bend keeping their starters in until very late in the fourth.
Jake Alexander and Ben Pyle did a solid job on Great Bend’s leading scorer, Cody Crosby, holding him to 12 points. Crosby eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark with a layup in the second quarter.
Jake Alexander led all scorers with 17 points while Ben Pyle and Mason Alexander chipped in with 13 and 12 respectively.
“I thought we had several nice passes, and a lot of our set plays worked,” Kinnamon said. “Defensively we were alert.”
The Bullpups are showing no signs of slowing down since their McPherson Invitational run nearly three weeks ago, and return to league play on Friday at El Dorado. The Bullpups opened the season with a 56-28 win over El Dorado on Dec. 2.
“[El Dorado] is going to be better, but so are we,” Kinnamon said.
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