After being out 10 days, the McPherson High School boys basketball team were at a disadvantage going against a tall and lengthy Wichita Collegiate High School team, but it did not stop the Bullpups' speed and high energy, and after a strong second half, the Bullpups put the Spartans away, 68-41.
"I thought we did a lot of pretty good things tonight, so I'm very happy with that."Bullpups' Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "This was a team, after watching them on film, where I didn't know which team was going to show up. The one that beat Andale or the one that lost to El Dorado. I think we got their best shot, and I'm really happy on how we played."
Wichita Collegiate provided size presents with their big men being as tall as 6-foot-9. They would also try to be physical and manhandle the Bullpups inside. Both teams went back-and-forth, exchanging buckets. Max Alexander and Seth Madron set the tone early, and put on the strong finish afterwards as both reached double-figures in the first half.
The Bullpups led as high as nine points, but let it slip away in the final minute of the second quarter. McPherson still led by one, 30-29, at halftime.
The Bullpups kept pounding the basket as they went on 7-0 run after both teams were exchanging buckets. Jake Alexander started to find his rhythm after only scoring two points in the first half as he made six-straight baskets for the Bullpups.
The Spartans remained dominant inside as they tried to keep it a tight ballgame, using their size advantage. For the Bullpups, led by the Orchestration of Max Alexander, they relied on their speed and scoring in transition. Jace Kinnamon made a three-pointer, and then a jumper at the buzzer to end the quarter, 52-39. Jace Kinnamon put on a strong second half and recorded a career-high of 12 points.
"We knew from watching them on film that they surrounded the outlet in the back court, and we knew if we could get an outlet and pitch it ahead, we were going to have a lot of finishing opportunities," Kinnamon said.
The Spartans couldn't keep up with the pace, and the Bullpups dominated with their speed for the rest of the game. Four players finished in double-figures. Max Alexander led with 21 points.Jace Kinnamon and Madron tied for 14 points apiece, and Jake Alexander put up 10 points. Cody Stufflebean was a monster in the paint as he produced a season-high 19 rebounds.
"I thought we took care of the ball pretty decently against the style that they played. That was the one I was most happy with," Kurt Kinnamon said."It's hard to single anyone out really for the job they did. They played so well.
The Bullpups improved to 9-4 of the season. The Bullpups will their two-game road trip, starting at Andale High School on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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