WINFIELD—Friday had upset written all over it for the McPherson High School boys basketball team. However, the Bullpups managed to avoid it being a trap game and escaped with a 55-42 win over Winfield High School.
Winfield played like they had nothing to lose while the Bullpups didn't play up to their standards in the first three quarters.
"They were pretty hard to guard off the dribble, and they did a good job of breaking us down off the bounce, and finally find the open guy," Bullpups' Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon said. "They had a couple of few shooters, and when you penetrating the kick, that's when you guard.
One of the positives in the first quarter was Jake Alexander finally joined the 1000 points club in less than two minutes. Cody Stufflebean, despite a strong quarter, got caught into foul trouble, which kept them out the majority of the second quarter. He would still managed to go 3-for-3 in the paint.
The Bullpups couldn't find their shooting rhythm as they went 0-for-9 from behind the arc in the first half. The Bullpups also struggled to contain Jack Mull as he reached double figures with 13 points for the Vikings. Somehow, the Bullpups still led 24-23 at halftime.
"I be stupid to not give them credit, because I though they played very hard ," Kinnamon's thoughts on Winfield. "I think we have to do a better job of playing like we can play rather then playing like we have to."
The Bullpups continued to search for their rhythm, but they had to do it on the losing end as they trailed as high as three points. Alexander gave the Bullpups the spark they needed after scoring seven points from the floor. The Bullpups started to wake up in the fourth quarter as they went on an 8-0 run after it was tied 35 apiece.
Fortunately for the Bullpups, Winfield reached over their limit, putting them in the free throw line, where they went 12-for-12 in the fourth quarter. Winfield struggled to get their offense going due the Bullpups defensive stops. The Vikings were outscored 20-7 in the fourth. The Bullpups got the 11-point lead and killed the clock for the rest of the game.
"When things are not going together, we got to do things like get to the free throw line, and drive the ball. We have to figure that out," Kinnamon said
Alexander led with 20 points, and the Bullpups improved to 12-4 of the year. McPherson will look to recuperate over the weekend before heading back to the Roundhouse to take on Buhler High School on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
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