The McPherson High School boys basketball team won its third straight game Friday night in the Roundhouse over winless Dodge City, 82-41.
The Bullpups jumped on the Red Demons early. Jayton Alexander, Hayes Schmid, and Eli Pyle all knocked down an early triple as the Bullpups led 22-10 at the end of the first quarter.
McPherson did not slow down in the second quarter. Adam Elliot came off the bench and knocked down a 3, and a Pyle buzzer beater gave the Bullpups a 48-14 lead heading into halftime.
Seth Madron recorded three assists in the first minute of the second half as the Bullpups were determined to not let Dodge City back in the game. The Bullpups entered the fourth quarter leading by 42, which triggered a running clock for the rest of the fourth.
With a long road trip at No. 1 Kansas City Piper (4A) looming less than 24 hours later, head coach Kurt Kinnamon was able to give his starters an extended rest ahead of time.
““We face a completely different animal tomorrow,” Kinnamon said, “but it was good that we were able to get our guys rest. Right now we’re seven guys deep, so we need to keep those guys fresh.”
The Bullpups had five players finish in double figures, led by Pyle’s 18. Surprisingly, Cody Stufflebean was held scoreless, although the 6-4 senior did finish with a team-high 10 rebounds.
“If you would have told me Cody is not going to score, and we were going to win by 40, I would have said you’re crazy,” Kinnamon said. “He went after every rebound.”
Cooper Courtney scored 13 points, Alexander had 12, and Schmid and Madron each had 10.
Alexander had a game-high six steals on defense.
As a team, the Bullpups shot 56 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the arc. McPherson had 22 assists on the night, including 12 in the first half.
“We did a really good job taking care of the ball,” Kinnamon said. “We did a good job of sharing the ball and moving the ball against pressure.”
McPherson must put Friday’s win behind them as they immediately prepare for top-ranked Piper. The Pirates boast one of the best players in the state in Tamar Bates, who has offers from Kansas State and Wichita State among many others.
Kinnamon believes Piper is the best team his Bullpups will have faced up to this point in the season.
“We will need a disruptive game out of Jayton, we’ll need Hayes to knock down some shots. We’ll just need guys to step up and make plays,” Kinnamon said.
Game time at Piper is scheduled for 8 p.m.