ANDOVER — Andover Central exploited its height advantage inside, using 6-foot-11 senior Jorden Kaufman's 20 points to remain undefeated with a 65-38 Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League II victory over McPherson.
"We were trying to attack the basket off their pressure instead of wilting," Andover Central coach Jesse Herrmann said. "If they get you to turn it over for layups, they get a lot of runouts, and we were able to avoid that tonight for the most part. They got some, but we didn't give them a ton."
Kaufman fielded a number of lobs and scored eight points in the key in the second quarter, when the Jaguars outscored the Bullpups 22-12, breaking the game open and taking a 32-21 halftime lead.
"That (height) is a luxury that a lot of high school teams don't have, and Jordan did a good job tonight being a presence in there," Herrmann said.
He wasn't perfect from the field, but Kaufman was lethal enough, capitalizing on a 7-inch height advantage over McPherson's tallest player.
Having a commanding advantage in the post isn't new, he said.
"That's how it's always been," Kaufman said. "But they were really scrappy, and I had to keep the ball high and all that. It's still kind of hard to score, because if I bring the ball down, it's theirs."
When Kaufman wasn't getting putbacks or jump hooks for points, junior Zach Winter was darting around the Bullpups, getting open for jump shots. He had three of the Jaguars' six three-pointers and finished with 13 points.
Winter said it was nice to see his three-pointers falling.
"I started hitting some, so I'm kind of excited about that," he said. "Once I start hitting threes, they start coming out on me, and that makes it easier to drive and make stuff happen out of that."
Taylor Lock added 12 points for Andover Central.
McPherson (4-1, 0-1) 9 12 9 8 —38 A. Central (5-0, 1-0) 10 22 12 21 — 65
MCPHERSON: Reber 2, Miller 7, Hart 6, Robinson 9, Cape 2, P. Horton 1, Kinnamon 4, Sorenson 7. Totals 13 (2) 10-23 38.
ANDOVER CENTRAL: T. Lock 12, Clements 9, Kretchmar 5, Kauffman 20, Howell 2, Koenigs 2, Winter 13, Holinde 2. Totals 27 (6) 5-9 65.