It was a strong defensive performance for the McPherson High School boys basketball team, and according to head coach Kurt Kinnamon, this was the best he has seen from his Bullpups all season in McPherson’s 64-38 win over El Dorado.
The Bullpups were in control throughout the whole game. McPherson was led by point guard Max Alexander. All night he orchestrated passes for his teammates, grabbing offensive boards and attacking the basket without any fear of El Dorado's bigs.
Alexander was the best player on the court as he finished the night with 20 points, five assists, five defensive rebounds, and five assists.
"I thought Max (Alexander) did a great job in the open floors in attacking and doing a good job of finding guys," Kinnamon said.
Jake Alexander also had a strong performance, especially in the second half where he put up 14 points after only scoring seven in the first. He was the Bullpups leading scorer with 21 points, five rebounds and four steals.
El Dorado kept fighting but couldn't handle Bullpups' man-to-man defense. Zach Whittenberg struggled to score against the Bullpups' defense as he tied with Jarin Koehler with seven points apiece. Cameron Clausing was the only player who scored in double figures for the Wildcats with 15 points.
What stood out the most for Kinnamon was the tiring effort McPherson had to make defensively.
"I saw guys that were more tired tonight then we've been, and I think we were more tired because their effort was better," Kinnamon said. "I was really pleased with how we played defensively. We missed a couple drop rotations from the backside and we have to get better at doing it, and we've been working on it. I thought defensively our effort in man-to-man was our best effort. Overall I thought that was our best win of the year."
El Dorado continued to fight despite trailing by as much as 12 points. Unfortunately for El Dorado, the Bullpups were too much handle, let alone Jake and Max Alexander were too much to handle.
The Bullpups improve to 6-3 of the season. Their season will be at a pause as they now prepare for the McPherson Invitational, which begins on Thursday, Jan.17. They will take on Blue Valley West in the first round at 8:15 p.m.