McPherson got its 12th boys basketball title with a 57-40 win over Topeka Hayden.
It was head coach Kurt Kinnamon’s fifth championship win, but first with his son Kyler Kinnamon on the team.
“When you have kids that invest like these kids do and your own son’s part of it, it’s really special,” head coach Kurt Kinnamon said.
Both teams traded shots in the first quarter, but McPherson outscored Hayden 16-7 in the second to take control. Turnovers were key in the Bullpups victory. Hayden turned the ball over 13 times to their seven.
They also got a giant boost early on from sophomore Drew Pyle. He was three of four from three-point land in the first half and finished the night with a game high twenty one points.
“I was just knocking down shots,” Pyle said. “I relied on my team to get me the ball and I just made the shots.”
Hayden got it to eight at the beginning of the third quarter, but McPherson wouldn’t let them get any closer.
Injured senior Keshawn Sewell got to suit up his last game because his teammate gave him his spot and he was the player that got to grab the trophy first after the game.
“I love them,” Sewell said. “They carried me through my injury all season. I’ve never met a greater group of guys and it was absolutely the best thing I’ve ever had in the world.”
In addition to Pyle’s 21 points, Kyler Kinnamon had 10 for the Bullpups. Jacob Head lead the Wildcats with 16 points. Marcus Meier also had 13.
Bishop Miege 57, Wamego 41
Bishop Miege defeated a defending state champion Wamego team 57-41.
The Lady Stags kept leading scorers Kaylee and Lanie Page from the basket until midway through the second quarter to go into the locker room with a 20-9 lead.
From there, Bishop Miege was able to widen the gap and get the win. They forced Wamego to turn the ball over 13 times and also held them to a 34.2 shooting percentage.
Shelbie Piggie and Lexie Villegas both scored 15 points for the lady Stags. Madeline Homoly had 12. Kaylee Page had 14 points for Wamego and Caitlin Claussen had 12.