McPherson boys defeat Newton for first win

Gallagher Martin
McPherson's Sam Elliott (23) shoots a three point basket past Newton's Dylan Petz (2) during their game Tuesday night. McPherson defeated Newton 75-61.

McPHERSON— Last Friday, the McPherson High School boys basketball team struggled to make their shots in a loss to top-ranked Andover High School.

On Tuesday night, the Bullpups made buckets and it led to a 75-63 win over Newton High School, improving to 1-1 on the season. The Railers, however, are still in search of their first win.

The Bullpups were lights out from behind the arc. Leading the way was their top-end shooter Eli Pyle, who dropped 21 points and was 5 for 9 in 3-pointers. Adam Elliott also had the hot hand, especially in the third quarter, as he dropped 12 points for McPherson.

"We did a nice job fighting some open shooters," MHS head coach Kurt Kinnamon said after the game. "We have two — what I would call — really, really good shooters and those guys made some 3s tonight."

As for the Railers, they were also aggressive in their 3-point shooting attempts, but unfortunately, it wasn't going in for them. The Railers shot 8 for 27 from behind the arc, while McPherson was 11 for 21.

Jaxson Brackeen led the way for Newton with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dylan Petz was the second-leading scorer with 17 points.

McPherson is still missing two of its big men in the frontcourt, but McPherson was able to discover new talent in Mason Miller.

Miller, a sophomore, came off the bench and put up 10 points, and was 4 for 5 from the field. Seth Madron was the second-leading scorer for the Bullpups with 16 points.

Jayden Dukes was one-point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

After a close first quarter at 17-14, the Bullpups got into an offensive rhythm in the second quarter.

After knocking three straight 3-pointers, the Bullpups had a 33-17 lead with less than five minutes left and led 35-25 at halftime.

The 3s kept flying for the Bullpups in the second half, led by Pyle's triple from the wing.

The Bullpups picked up their largest lead of the night by the end of the third at 62-49. Frustration started to take a toll on the Railers as time was running out for them. The Railers managed to take advantage of McPherson turnovers and caught up to the Bullpups by eight points.

McPherson put the nail in the coffin with a minute when they continued to put in enough points to end the game.

"I got to give Mac a lot of credit," Newton head coach Andy Preston said. "They shot the ball really well tonight. I know the last game they didn't shoot the ball very well. They got hot in the second half and you have to give them a lot of credit shooting the ball."

With the rest week off, McPherson will have its first AVCTL Division III league match against El Dorado High School next Tuesday. Newton will take on Wichita West High School on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

McPherson's Eli Pyle (5) drives past the blocking of Newton's Joe Slechta (5) and Owen Mills (22) during their game Tuesday night. McPherson defeated Newton 75-61.