McPherson High School Sports

Bullpups Capture 75-32 Win Over Ulysses

By Anne Hassler Heidel, McPherson News

It may have started slow and for awhile it seemed like there was a glass bowl covering the hoop but the McPherson Bullpups handily won the opening round of the 4A Div. Sub-state against Ulysses 75-32.

Dunk by Pyle

Photo by Jeff Heidel

The Pups, sporting the traditional Pup cuts, kept up a solid full-court defense and pressured the Tigers into 20 turnovers, that converted into 22 points for McPherson. Tough defense also pushed Ulysses to shoot from well behind the three-point line as they scored just one basket in two-point range in the first half. The score at half-time was 40-12. Freshman Lance Walker, 6’8″, was well matched height-wise with McPherson Senior Ben Pyle but he was dwarfed in the point tally with just 10 to Pyle’s 29.

The Bullpups did well with their passing, racking up 15 assists, including some crowd-pleasing lob-tip-in passes to Pyle. The one area they trailed in was offensive rebounds with few followed shots and many players heading down court when the ball went up.

The fourth quarter saw a running clock as the Bullpups widened their lead to 61-28 after the third period. Frustration came to a head for Ulysses as an intentional foul was called after a flagrant push by one player.

For more photos from the game, visit mhsboosterphotos.com

Scoring summary

MHS (75) — Labertew 1-3, 0-0, 2; Mas. Alexander 3-9, 3-3, 10; Jk. Alexander 6-10, 0-0, 14; Diggs 0-2, 0-0, 0; B. Pyle 10-16, 7-9, 29; Stufflebean 1-2, 0-2, 2; Hoppes 0-0, 0-0, 0; Hoover 1-1, 0-0, 2; Kinnamon 3-3, 0-0, 6; Courtney 0-0, 2-2, 2; Trost 4-5, 0-1, 8; Jays. Alexander 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 29-52, 12-17, 75. 3-pointers — Pyle 2, Jk. Alexander 2, Mas. Alexander 1.

Ulysses (32) — Taylor 2-9, 0-0, 6; Perez 1-6, 0-0, 3; Ju. Sifuentes 0-1, 0-0, 0; Garcia 0-4, 0-0, 0; Walker 4-9, 1-2, 10; Nagel 0-2, 0-0, 0; Hickman 1-3, 0-0 3; Jo. Sifuentes 0-0, 0-0, 0; Galdindo 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hayden 2-4, 4-6, 8. Totals — 11-39, 5-8, 32. 3-pointers — Taylor 2, Perez 1, Walker 1, Hickman 1.

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