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NEWTON – While the McPherson Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball teams split a pair of road games at Newton on Thursday, the ‘A’ team stayed unbeaten on the season at 5-0 with their three-point, 27-24 victory.


It’s been a couple weeks for the seventh-grade teams to get back on the competitive court and the ‘A’ team may have shown some rust, but they still came through with a three-point, 27-24, victory over Newton on Thursday.

The rust showed as the Junior Pups only scored five points in the each of the first two quarters before coming out of halftime and putting 11 on the board in the third quarter.

Six Junior Pups put points in the scorebook with Gabe Pyle leading the way by just making double digits with 10.

“I felt the ‘A’ team was affected by two weeks of practice before a game,” explained Head Coach Tyler Brown. “That was to long of a stretch before seeing live game competition and the last two practices just seemed like we forgot that in this game, you can’t afford to take possessions off. Basketball is a popular enough sport that if you are not ready to go you are vulnerable.”

As Coach Brown continued, he discussed the game itself by adding, “I felt the Newton coaches coached an outstanding game. Our game play was right on what I thought they would do. We just didn’t execute in the first half. They zoned us which for us, as we love shooting our three-pointers, we just were not shooting a very good percentage from 20-feet. The awesome thing about this team though is they are very coachable in adverse situations. I challenged them coming out of halftime to get to the paint and we did exactly that. We shot six free throws that quarter and for us that is a lot. We don’t get to the line that many times for entire games.”

Coach Brown concluded his post-game reflections by saying, “I felt our top two scorers, Gabe Pyle and Hayden Hoxie, did a much better job getting to the paint to start the second half. The good thing about this type of aggressiveness you find yourself shooting a layup or even a free throw. Either way, it’s a much higher percentage shot. But it wasn’t just that the team figured out our offense, we also held Newton to zero points in the third quarter and that is due to five guys on the floor getting after it at every position. Taking no possessions off! That’s when this team is at its best. When you can win games and not have a very good offensive night, that’s when you start to believe this team could be very good when they are locked in!”


While the seventh-grade Junior Pups ‘B’ team improved their defense against Newton by holding them to 19 fewer points this time around, the offense struggled and they still ended up losing by four, 28-24. The loss drops the ‘B’ team to just 1-3 for the season.

Despite the loss, Brenden Doile rose up and led the offense with 15 points, while Brody Seidl and Alex Harms were the only other Junior Pups to put points in the scorebook with five and four points respectively.

“The ‘B’ team I feel is getting better and better each game,” pointed out Coach Brown during his ‘B’ game reflections. “Even though they didn’t pull out the win, they went from getting beat by Newton by 19 points in the first game of the year, to almost pulling off the upset and losing by just four. Brenden Doile knows how to score in these ‘B’ games as he was fantastic again by putting up 15. Much like the ‘A’ game, the ‘B’ team started to make more of an impact when they started getting to the paint. But they also did a better job defensively. Newton hung 47 points on us the first time and we held them to just 28 the second time. I also must say that Coach Reichenberger is doing an outstanding job with all the boys, he has really brought out the potential in all of our players and has been an outstanding asset to the team this year.”


Now that the seventh-grade Junior Pups have closed out their pre-holiday break schedule, they will take some time off and then prep to return to the competitive court on Monday, January 6, when they take a road trip to Salina to tangle with Salina Lakewood.

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUPS ‘A’ TEAM SCORING (27 total points): Gabe Pyle – 10; Hayden Hoxie – 6; Bishop Brown – 5; Brenden Doile – 3; Carter Allen – 2; Brody Seidl – 1.

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUPS ‘B’ TEAM SCORING (24 total points): Brenden Doile – 15; Brody Seidl – 5; Alec Harms – 4.

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