TWO VICTORIES OVER FORT RILEY AND NEWTON CHISHOLM

By William

It was a good week for the McPherson Middle School 8th grade boys basketball teams as they scored four big win, including the first two wins of the season for the ‘B’ team.

Both the 8th grade Junior Pups ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams scored decisive wins Fort Riley on Tuesday and then did the same on Thursday against Newton Chisholm.

Next week will be a busy week for the 8th grade Junior Pups as they play Derby on Monday and Hutchinson on Thursday.

Here are summaries of all four victories by the 8th grade Junior Pups:

8TH GRADE JUNIOR PUPS vs. FT. RILEY on Tuesday

A’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS SCORE: JUNIOR PUPS 46, Fort Riley 16

‘A’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Bishop Brown 15, Gabe Pyle 14, Ian Razak 8; Brenden Doile 6; Carter Allen 3.

Against Fort Riley on Tuesday, the 8th grade Junior Pups had an outstanding defensive night in pulling off the 30-point, 46-16 victory. The ‘A’ team is now 5-2 for the season.

“I thought we did a terrific job turning Fort Riley over tonight,” noted Head Coach Tyler Brown. “Our press really overwhelmed them at the beginning of the game. I also liked seeing more players in attack mode tonight.”

Both Bishop Brown and Gabe Pyle reached double digits in leading the team in scoring with 15 and 14 points each while Ian Razak chipped in with eight.

Coach Brown concluded his reflections on the game by adding, “We almost had double digits in free throws tonight. This team is becoming more and more dangerous with multiple guys becoming threats on the floor. We only had three players find the score box when we played Hutchinson, tonight we almost doubled that. We will need to play basketball the right way with an absolutely tough stretch of games over the next few weeks.”

‘B’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS SCORE: JUNIOR PUPS 38, Fort Riley 18

‘B’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Jaxson Malvo 17; Brenden Doile 10; Kaven Byrd 5; Spencer Strecker 2; Brandon Western 2; Logan Peterson 1; Alex Hundley 1.

The ‘B’ team Junior Pups scored an equally impressive win over Fort Riley with a 20-point, 38-18 win to earn their first victory of the season.

“The team played great tonight,” said ‘B’ team Coach TJ Jackson. “A few things we have been asking them to do, tonight they did well and hopefully as we see a bit better competition that transitions into the next games now that they know what it looks like. Big kudos to Brenden Doile who has played most of his time with the ‘A’ team, but has really been a key part of the ‘B’ teams growth and his leadership and communication with our ‘B’ team has been vital to their learning.”

The leading scorer for the ‘B’ team was Jaxson Malvo who drilled 17 points while Doile had 10.

Coach Brown finished his reflections by noting, “It was fun to see the guys shoot the ball. They have been really hesitant at times as most of these guys are new to this and they were hesitant early on in the year to just let it fly. They have become more aggressive trying to score and better at trying to put the ball right back up off rebounds. We look forward to seeing continued growth.”

8th GRADE JUNIOR PUPS vs. NEWTON CHISHOLM on Thursday

‘A’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS SCORE: JUNIOR PUPS 44, Newton Chisholm 30

‘A’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Gabe Pyle 13; Ian Razak 12; Carter Allen 9; Brenden Doile 8; Bishop Brown 2.

The 8th grade Junior Pups ‘A’ team pushed their season record to 6-2 on Thursday with a 14-point, 44-30 win over Newton Chisholm.

“I felt like tonight we did a better job getting to the paint and kicking it to an open teammate ready to catch and shoot the three-pointer tonight,” explained Head Coach Tyler Brown. “We also did a great job of making the extra pass to our teammate to hit the three-pointer as well. You are starting to see a theme here. Gabe (Pyle) started us out in the first quarter with a three pointer, then Brenden (Doile) kept it up in the second quarter with two three-pointers and Carter Allen continued it in the third with three three-pointers.”

With the help of numerous three pointers, Gabe Pyle and Ian Razak led the ‘A’ team in scoring with 13 and 12 points respectively while Carter Allen chipped in with nine and Brenden Doile hit for eight.

Coach Brown concluded his reflections on the game by saying, “Needless to say, the ball was going in from 20-feet tonight. Bishop (Brown) I thought did a great job on Newton’s top offensive player as through the mid-quarters our biggest offense was holding their top scorer to just three points over 12 minutes. After a slow start it was the voice of the team, Brody Seidl and his energy, that comes out when good things are happening on the floor is what helps us go on those runs defensively. He does a terrific job of getting others cranked up out on the floor. He has a gift on how to find a way to get more out of his teammates with his leadership. When we break from every huddle, it is Brody’s voice that is leading the team. That intensity can be infectious on the team and can help bring a higher level of fight on the floor.”

‘B’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS SCORE: JUNIOR PUPS 43, Newton 38

‘B’ TEAM JUNIOR PUPS INDIVIDUAL SCORING: Jaxson Malvo 16; Kaven Byrd 11; Brenden Doile 11; Spencer Strecker 3; Brandon Western 2.

It was the second win in a row for the 8th grade Junior Pups ‘B’ team on Thursday as they scored a close, hard fought five-point, 43-38 victory over Newton Chisholm, raising their season record to 2-6.

“Last year the ‘B’ guys lost both games to Newton,” said Coach TJ Jackson. “But tonight, they showed their improvement and that the last game was not a fluke. The guys are showing a ton of confidence in shooting and their passing inside to our big guys made a big impact on our ability to score easy buckets.”

Jaxson Malvo continued on a roll as he put 16 points in the scorebook to lead the Junior Pups ‘B’ team while both Kaven Byrd and Brenden Doile joined him in double digits as they both scored 11.

Coach Jackson finished up his game comments by saying, “I was real happy with the way we were able to take better care of the ball offensively and allow ourselves more opportunities by getting boards on the offensive end. The guys keep working hard and they keep improving.”

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