By William

MCPHERSON – For the first time this season the McPherson Middle School seventh-grade boys ‘A’ basketball team lost on Thursday when Hutchinson took a 51-40 victory home with them.

The loss came despite strong games from both Hayden Hoxie and Gabe Pyle as they scored 15 and 12 points respectively. As a team the loss drops the Junior Pups to 7-1 for the season.

“You have to give credit where credit is due and Hutchinson was the quicker and more efficient team tonight,” noted seventh-grade Junior Pup Head Coach Tyler Brown. “They were the first team to put up over 50 points on us. It wasn’t until after halftime that we adjusted to their speed and intensity”

The Junior Pups were outscored 12-4 in the first quarter and then 14-7 in the second quarter, giving Hutchinson a sizable 26-9 advantage going into the halftime break.

While McPherson outscored Hutchinson 15-14 and 14-11 in the third and fourth quarters, it was not enough to overcome their lead and giving the Junior Pups their first loss of the season.

Coach Brown continued his post-game reflections by adding, “The second half of the game I was pleased with, it showed fight and how to stay with it. Hayden (Hoxie) from the second quarter on imposed his will on the game by being aggressive and getting to the paint on multiple occasions plus he went nine-for-ten from the free throw line. Gabe (Pyle) was able to find a bucket in each quarter along with some three-pointers to show consistency. Ian (Razak) was big in the fourth quarter by scoring six of his eight points, while Bishop (Brown) and Carter (Allen) also found their way in the score box.”

Coach Brown concluded his reflections by saying, “Besides taking a while to adjust to the speed of the game, it was as if we wanted the win so much that it affected us mentally. We didn’t execute offensively and defensively like normal. We have to improve upon our mental game and maturity before being able to compete with a team as talented as Hutchinson.”

While playing without one of their top players, the seventh-grade Junior Pup ‘B’ team struggled in their game and came up short in losing to Hutchinson 38-17. The loss drops the ‘B’ team to just 2-5 for the season.

Brenden Doile led the scoring with seven as no other players scored more than four.

“Tonight’s game with Hutchinson was yet another growing experience for the ‘B’ team,” noted ‘B’ team Coach Paul Reichenberger. “Playing without one of our top players who was out sick, we faced a press for the first time all season. We turned the ball over time and time again and couldn’t find any rhythm on offense. Hutchinson deserves credit for executing a solid game plan and taking us out of our game. We continue to take steps in the right direction, but I need to continue to challenge all my players in practice to continue to improve their skills and basketball IQ. With only three games left in the season, I hope our ‘B’ team can learn from tonight’s loss and grow as a team.”


The next competitive battle on the hardwood for the seventh-grade Junior Pups will be on Thursday, January 23 when they travel to Maize South.

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUP ‘A’ TEAM INDIVIDUAL SCORING (40 total points): Hayden Hoxie – 15; Gabe Pyle – 12; Ian Razak – 8; Bishop Brown – 3; Carter Allen – 2.

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUP ‘B’ TEAM INDIVIDUAL SCORING (17 total points): Brenden Doile – 7; Brodie Seidl – 4; Jaxson Malvo – 4; Daken Butler – 2.

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