The McPherson High School boys basketball team has now avenged two of its three losses from last season.
And similar to the win against Derby back on Dec. 5, the Bullpups surprisingly won the game with ease.
The three-headed monster of Ben Pyle, Mason Alexander, and Jake Alexander carried the Bullpups to a 69-34 win over Andover Tuesday night at the Roundhouse. McPherson is now 5-1 on the season heading into the Christmas break.
At this time last season, the Bullpups were 2-3 and coming off a three-point loss to Andover. This season, however, head coach Kurt Kinnamon will go into the holiday season on a positive note.
“I feel so much better than I did a year ago,” Kinnamon said. “I walked out of that gym at Andover last year feeling pretty down about our team. Obviously we did right the ship, but Christmas is going to be much better this year as far as how I feel about our team.”
The desire to avenge last season’s loss was evident early on. The Bullpups began the game on a 9-0 run. Andover found the score column with 4:20 left in the first quarter, but Pyle responded with a 3-pointer the ensuing McPherson possession.
Mason Alexander drained a 3-pointer late in the quarter to give the Bullpups an 18-4 lead after one. The potent offense and stifling defense never let up in the second quarter, as a Cody Stufflebean put-back layup at the buzzer gave the Bullpups a 27-point lead at halftime.
The Bullpups won the third quarter 19-10 before the younger guys played the fourth quarter with a running clock.
Offensively, the Bullpups shot 53 percent from the field on 55 shots. Mason and Jake Alexander both had 19 points, while Pyle had 18.
“This team probably makes more what I would call marginal shots than any other team I’ve ever had,” Kinnamon said. “They make a lot of tougher shots, but we are excellent shooters, and I thought we had a lot of nice assists.”
However, the Bullpups shined just as bright on the defensive end of the floor Tuesday night.
“Defensively, we were the best we’ve been all year,” Kinnamon said. “We did a really nice job of keeping the ball in front of us. Defense is what I was most pleased with.”
The Bullpups will be in action for the first time in 2018 on Jan. 2 at home against Buhler.
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