McPherson High School is going into a much needed break on an impressive winning streak.
The Bullpups won their fourth straight game by holding off Newton, 65-53, Tuesday night.The Bullpups are now 10-4 and will not play again until a Feb. 7 game at Great Bend.
All four McPherson wins have come against Class 5A and 6A schools during this winning streak. It started last Thursday in the first round of the McPherson Invitational. And after the Bullpups won their third straight MIT, 23rd overall, they carried their newfound momentum and toughness into a game they could have very easily overlooked.
Newton came into the game with a 3-10 record and a freshman leading them in scoring. But anytime McPherson and Newton get together, both teams can brace for a physical game.
“Give [Newton] credit,” head coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “I’m not going to take anything away from them. They played very well.”
Neither team shot the ball well early, but 5 of 8 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half gave the Pups a moderate cushion early on. Newton had a better second quarter, cutting the McPherson lead to three at halftime.
Shots began to fall in the second half, particularly the ones attempted by Ben Pyle. The reining McPherson Invitational MVP scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half, including 11 in the fourth quarter. He helped turn a five point lead into a 12 point win with big shots down the stretch. Pyle finished the game shooting 10 of 15 and 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. He scored a game high 29 points to go along with his game high 13 rebounds.
Jake Alexander was also a vital piece of the puzzle, scoring 19 points and bringing down nine rebounds. Mason Alexander had a nice game with eight points and nine assists.
Newton was led by freshman phenom Ty Berry’s 21 points. Kinnamon said he’s as good a player as anyone they’ll face this season.
The Bullpups held a distinct rebounding advantage (38-25) including 12-6 on the offensive side of the glass.
McPherson can relax for now until Great Bend in two weeks.
The McPherson High junior varsity won in dramatic fashion, 34-31, thanks to late free throws and Jace Kinnamon’s eight points.
The freshman also snuck by Newton, as Cooper Courtney’s 11 points gave the Bullpups a 50-47 win. Sam Pyle and Hayes Schmidt scored 10.
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