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CANNELTON—Perry Central used 13 players and several of them took turns having hot shooting streaks as the Commodores beat Cannelton 61-31 in boys basketball Friday.
Jacob Schwartz was hot early for the Commodores. He scored six points in the first 2:37 on a rebound basket and two jumpers from 16-17 feet as they jumped to an 8-0 lead.
Ian Hahus added a transition layup (on a nice assist from Trevor King) and a three-point basket as the Commodores increased their lead to 13-3.
The Commodores led by at least 10 points the rest of the way while substituting freely, as Coach Matt Carter is still auditioning players to see who will fit in his regular rotation.
“We know with 13 they’re not all going to get in every night,” said Carter. “We’d like to get to 10 solid guys that we can depend on night in and night out.”
This game probably didn’t make that decision easier, though, as a variety of Commodores played well.
Junior guard Garrett Miller, one of two Commodores who did not play in the first half, scored nine points in a four-minute span in the third quarter as they increased their lead to 49-21.
He hit 4 of 6 shots from the field, with all four of his baskets coming from 15-21 feet (one being a three-pointer).
“At halftime we talked about finding the opening in the short corner against their zone,” said Carter. “And Garrett came out in the third quarter and found it and got some good looks at the basket.”
Substituting frequently may have made it hard for the Commodores to get in a steady rhythm on offense. But they still outshot Cannelton from the field 37.7 percent (20 of 53) to 26.2 percent (11 of 42) and hit 85.0 percent of their 20 free throws.
And they played strong defense throughout.
“We knew they were going to come out and play aggressive man-to-man defense,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “They’re fast and strong and Matt’s done a great job with them. He’s doing things the right way there.
“I thought our kids played hard—we were just outmanned.”
Hahus led Perry Central’s balanced attack with 14 points. Alex Rogier added 13, Miller nine, and Schwartz and freshman Derek Thomas eight apiece.
Jordan Mattingly led Cannelton with nine points.
Hahus grabbed seven rebounds and Rogier, Andrew Harpenau and Tanner Cassidy each added five as Perry Central won the board battle 35-21.
Ethan Herzog pulled down seven rebounds for Cannelton.
Trevor King had three assists and no turnovers for Perry Central. Cody Lawalin had six assists for Cannelton.
“Cody played a good floor game,” said Garrett. “If they’re going to take his shot away, that’s what he has to do.”
Perry Central improved to 2-0 while Cannelton fell to 0-4.
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Perry Central won the junior varsity game 56-13 as Kyle Troesch had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Trent Brown added eight points, Isaiah Ernst grabbed seven rebounds, and Cassidy made five steals.
Hunter Herzog led Cannelton with eight points.