KANITZ, HARRINGTON LEAD SCORING

By William

MCPHERSON – It was a struggle for both the McPherson Middle School 7th grade boys basketball teams as pressure defense by Derby North put two losses on the record books for the day.

It was the first loss of the season for the 7th grade Junior Pups ‘A’ team.

Next up for the 7th grade Junior Pups is a road game on Saturday against Prairie Hills Middle School.

Game summaries are as follows:

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUPS ‘A’ TEAM GAME INFO:

SCORE: Derby North 51, JUNIOR PUPS 37

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUPS ‘A’ TEAM SCORING:

Kaizer Kanitz – 12; Paxton Ingels – 7; Jett Pyle – 7; Cade Strathman – 6; Cowen Huggard – 3; Dylan Cabezas – 2.

Defensive struggles hindered the 7th grade Junior Pups ‘A’ team as they lost by 14, 51-37, to Derby North at home on Thursday.

“Tonight, the ‘A’ guys got out worked all game long and it started from the opening moments of the game,” explained 7th grade Junior Pup Head Coach Paul Reichenberger. “It is hard to win a middle school basketball game when you give up 51 points, which tells you that our defense was not great tonight. Derby North executed their press at a high level all game which caused us to turn the ball over numerous times.”

Kaizer Kanitz led the Junior Pups ‘A’ team on offense with 12 points while both Paxton Ingels and Jett Pyle chipped in with six.

Coach Reichenberger concluded his reflections on the game by saying, “Our boys had a very difficult time getting shots inside against their zone. This game needs to be a learning experience for all the boys as it is our first loss of the season. We will looke to bounce back this weekend when we go on the road against Prairie Hills Middle School.”

7th GRADE JUNIOR PUPS ‘B’ TEAM GAME INFO:

SCORE: Derby North 52, JUNIOR PUPS 9

7TH GRADE JUNIOR PUPS ‘B’ TEAM SCORING:

Ethan Harrington – 4; Carter Boesker – 3; Jaydn Mari – 2.

High pressure defense by Derby North flustered the 7th grade Junior Pups ‘B’ team, and combined with poor shooting ended up with McPherson losing 52-9.

“We are learning how to handle pressure,” pointed out ‘B’ team Coach Grant Barrett. “We had our bright spots in the first half when we were able to pressure them into turnovers and layups of our own. This is a difficult stretch of games by playing three in just six days. I hope the boys keep their head up and are ready to prepare for a game again on Saturday.”

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