It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was still a 32-point win.
During Friday night’s 79-47 win over Winfield, McPherson High School jumped out to a large lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
The Bullpups were a bit flat coming out of halftime and turned the ball over 13 times — nearly twice their season average. But all in all the game was never in doubt, as the Bullpups took care of business for their fourth win of the season.
“I thought defensively we played pretty hard all night,” head coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “We were a little grumpy about how we finished the first half, and then we came out and didn’t finish the third quarter as well as we’d like, but then in the fourth quarter our guys did a much better job.”
The Bullpups nailed back to back 3-pointers in the game’s opening minute to take a 6-0 lead. McPherson began the first quarter on a 13-5 run and finished the quarter on a 13-5 run for a 26-10 lead. After Winfield scored the first five points of the second quarter, McPherson responded with a 14-3 run.
However, Winfield would close the half on a 7-4 run, trimming the McPherson lead to 19.
The first four minutes of the third quarter were pretty even, with McPherson holding a 9-8 advantage. The final four minutes of the third quarter were lopsided, with Winfield closing on a 7-2 run.
But it did not take long for the Bullpups to really put the game away. The Pups held a 15-2 advantage in the fourth quarter’s first three minutes, which enabled a running clock the rest of the way.
Kinnamon was able to play all 13 players on his bench with 11 of them scoring. Ben Pyle led the team with 29 points and nine rebounds. Mason Alexander scored 22 points in 21 minutes, while leading the team with nine assists. Combined, Pyle and Alexander were 19 of 33 from the field including 8 of 15 from beyond the arc.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Kinnamon said. “We shot the ball really well; when Mason and Ben get that hot, it’s really hard to contain them.”
After the game, Kinnamon stressed to his team that they would need a better performance Tuesday night when the Bullpups host Andover. Last season, the Bullpups dropped an ugly 51-48 decision at Andover.
“If we don’t play better Tuesday night, Andover will come in here and be the first team that I can remember — other than Miege — to beat us twice in a row,” Kinnamon said.
The Bullpups are now 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in AVCTL DIII action. Game time against Andover is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in the Roundhouse.
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