Fourteen 3-pointers in one game is an excellent shooting night. Fourteen 3-pointers in one half is absurd.

The McPherson High School boys basketball team went 14-of-20 from beyond the arc in the first half to amass a 54-18 lead at halftime. While the Bullpups cooled down in the second half, finishing 16-of-29 from 3-point land for the game, they sent five seniors off in style with an 80-46 win over Circle at the McPherson Roundhouse.

Friday night was Senior Night for Ben Pyle, Mason Alexander, Thomas Diggs, Drew Labertew, and Jayse Alexander, but with sub-state at home the five Bullpups are guaranteed at least one more home game.

Mason Alexander and Pyle each went 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, with Pyle scoring 29 and Alexander adding 22. Jake Alexander went 7-of-13 from the floor to finish with 17.

The Bullpups were a model of consistency in the first half, nailing 7-of-10 3-pointers in the first and second quarters. Circle did outscore McPherson by two points in the second half, but a 36-point halftime lead is too much for any team to overcome.

The Bullpups are now 59-0 over the past six years in AVCTL Division III. They finish the regular season with a 9-0 league record, an 18-1 overall record, and a 16-game winning streak.

With the regular season in the books, the Bullpups will look ahead to next Friday’s matchup against Ulysses in the first round of sub-state, hosted by McPherson High.

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