As the McPherson Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams head into the final days of their 2018-19 seasons, they both continue to roll up victories as the ‘A’ teams for both scored decisive wins over Salina Lakewood at home on Thursday.

7th Grade Boys Now 12-1

The McPherson Middle School seventh grade boys basketball ‘A’ team scored a huge home win on Thursday with a 56-19 blowout victory over Salina Lakewood, a victory which boasts their season mark to 12-1 with one regular season game to go. The seventh grade boys did not play a ‘B’ game.

The seventh grade Junior Pups will close out the regular season schedule on Monday when they host Hays before finishing the season on Saturday, Feb. 2, with a tournament at Ft. Riley.

Dominating the game on both ends of the floor, the Junior Pups had 11 players put points in the scorebook toward the 37-point victory.

Cory Muehler led the offensive attack with 13 points, while Alex Robertson knocked down eight and six points each were posted by Owen Pyle, Kreighton Kanitz and Alex Wheat. Kyden Thompson and Javyn Alexander hit for five and four points while the quartet of Gavin Wedel, Jayce Schriner, Henry Boese and Teegan Haines each contributed two points apiece.

“We dominated this game by every definition of the word,” exclaimed seventh-grade Head Coach Eric Burghart in his post-game reflections. “We gave up a few offensive rebounds and we still struggle with our set plays which is frustrating, but Salina Lakewood didn’t look comfortable at any point tonight and that’s just how we like it. Too many names who did exactly what I asked them to do to single any one of them out. I love getting to coach these boys and appreciate all of the help that Assistant Coach Grant Barrett provides.”

8th Grade Boys Split with Salina Lakewood

While the McPherson Middle School eighth grade boys basketball ‘A’ team continued to roll with a decisive 47-31 win over Salina Lakewood at home on Thursday, the eighth grade boys ‘B’ team was not as fortunate and suffered a 50-23 loss in their matchup with Salina Lakewood.

With the win, the eighth-grade ‘A’ team now stands 11-2 for the season with one regular season game left to play on the road on Monday, Jan. 28 when they take a road trip to Hays.

In the 16-point, ‘A’ team victory, the Junior Pup offense was led by Hunter Alvord who had a huge game by dropping in 22 points, while Sam Becker also reach double-digits with 10. Only three other players put points on the board as Mason Miller hit for six, Dawson Feil scored five and Hadlee Backhus chipped in with four.

“The ‘A’ team came out ready to play tonight,” commented Head Coach Tyler Brown while reflecting on the game. “We had 31 points at the half by scoring 14 and 17 points in each of the first and second quarters. Hunter (Alvord) had another big game as he had 22 points, but he always amazes me that he is able to get one-third to one-half of those points off of getting steals and fast breaking for easy layups. Sam (Becker) also was big by pouring in double digits himself. I’m just amazed how physical he is and somehow never found the free throw line tonight. Let’s just say it wasn’t his fault he didn’t get there! He did an excellent job of playing through a lot of contact tonight, but that is just how the game was called.”Still looking to give credit to some of his players, Coach Brown concluded his ‘A’ team reflections by saying, “I feel that Mason (Miller) has been playing a high level the last several games as while it may not always show in the box score, blocking shots and cleaning the glass on both ends he has been a beast. With (Dawson) Feil locking down the other teams best offensive player to single digits and playing his role along with (Hadlee) Backhus, this team operates like clockwork. Ike Bauer also had some good ‘A’ team minutes tonight and I thought he did a fantastic job right along side these guys. I challenged Ike in the second half and he responded like a champion. It has been fun to see him back on the floor the past week.”While the eighth-grade ‘A’ teams kept rolling, the eighth-grade ‘B’ team lost it’s seventh game of the season in humbling fashion as Salina Lakewood tumbled them 50-23.

Despite the loss, Dawson Gottwald had a solid game and lead the team in offense with 10 points, while Joe Brawner added six, Layne Graves put down three, Zane Morris scored two and both Roman Mai and Jaret Myers put one point on the board.

“The ‘B’ team fought hard tonight,” noted Coach Brown. “Dawson (Gottwald) lead the way with double digits points, which was almost half of our total points for the game. With not a lot of scoring coming from this team and giving up 50 points, that is just a receipt for a loss. If this team can figure out that if they can stop teams defensively, they will be in every game. Right now, their focus needs to be getting stops instead of worrying about getting shots up. You would never have guessed this team played Lakewood at their place and went to double overtime. But looking through all our ‘B’ games from our first game to our game tonight, we just struggle with consistency and the scores of our ‘B’ games is just one measurement that provides it. They have their flashes of looking like a solid team but their inconsistency of playing like they did tonight, that is the struggle.”

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