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Commodores rip Evansville Day

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By Mike Sprague

LEOPOLD—Perry Central used stifling pressure and tenacious free-throw shooting to build an early lead, dominating Evansville Day 77-45 in boys basketball Saturday.

The Commodores made their first 11 free-throws, all of which came during the first six minutes of play.

They were 15 for 17 from the line in the first quarter and hit 70.3 percent of their free-throws for the game.

“We stressed that a lot before we took the floor tonight because we only made three free throws against Wood Memorial, just for lack of being aggressive,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter.

The Commodores didn’t lack for aggression in this game, which saw 18 turnovers for them against 17 for Day School.

But they made up for sloppy ball-handling by playing well inside.

Perry Central’s offensive effort was led by Alex Rogier, who had 15 points. Ian Hahus scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Reserve center Robbie Piper also grabbed nine rebounds and scored a season-high seven points.

Reuben A. Schwartz scored 12 points for the Commodores but missed most of the second half due to an injury to his leg.

Perry Central also dominated on the defensive end, winning the rebounding battle 34-17.

Evansville Day briefly pulled within 15 points late in the second quarter, but a three-point basket by Trevor King put Perry Central ahead at the half by 18.

The Commodores sealed the win with a 10-2 run early in the fourth quarter.

“We were able to get off to a quick start and shoot the ball well,” said Carter. “We didn't do that very well last night, so it was good to see such improvement here.”

Perry Central improved to 2-2 while Evansville Day fell to 1-6.

The Commodores will host Springs Valley Friday at 7 p.m. for their first PLAC game of the season.

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Perry Central won the junior varsity game 48-21.

The Commodores were led by Trevor King with 13 points and Jacob Schwartz with 12.