TOWANDA— It is unknown when the last time the McPherson High School boys basketball team had an opposing individual player that dropped 50 points. However, June Warren made it all happen.
All things must come to an end, and for the McPherson High School boys' basketball team, they let one catch up to them, and the Bullpups suffered a stunning 81-65 loss to Circle High School on the road.
"We needed to do a better job of looking within ourselves. Whether it's our preparation before the game how we warm up," Bullpups head coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "I haven't done a good enough job of getting those guys to understand the importance of the little things. That's on me. The only thing to do that you need to be accountable with playing time, and I haven't done a good enough job on that."
The Bullpups started the quarter as they went on a 9-1 run five minutes in. The Thunderbirds caught up to the Bullpups, making back-to-back 3-pointers from Eli Jacobson and Matt Hromek.
Warren tied the game at 10 apiece, then captured the lead with back-to-back two-pointers. The Bullpups were able to tie the game for the second time, 14 apiece, to end the first quarter.
Circle regained the lead with a 3-pointer by Hromek.
The Bullpups struggled to make their shots and couldn't stop Warren. Cody Stufflebean and Seth Madron were the only two that kept the offense going.
Warren led the Thunderbirds with 21 at halftime, 36-31.
"I felt confident during the game that I was going to have a decent game," Warren said. "I was hitting some good shots and my teammates were getting me open by a lot, and setting good screens while I was open."
The Bullpups were playing catch-up basketball in the third quarter, but they still didn't have an answer for Warren. The Bullpups continued to struggle to make their free throws and not making their baskets, as they were down 51-40 with 2:29 left in the third.
"The easiest way to keep a scorer from scoring is don't let him catch the ball," Kinnamon said. "I think we didn't do a good job keep the ball out of his hands, and once he gave it up, you know, we have to keep it out of his hands."
Time was running out for the Bullpups, and nothing had been working for McPherson. The Bullpups couldn't get any stops and Circle led as high as 16 points.
Stufflebean led the Bullpups with 21 points
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