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BOONVILLE—The inside-outside combination of Jordan Myers and Nathan Bromm led a fourth-quarter comeback that saw Forest Park overtake Perry Central 58-55 in the first round of the Class 2A boys basketball sectional Tuesday.
Perry Central hit 8 of 12 field-goal attempts in the third quarter, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, to build a 40-33 lead.
The Commodores still led by seven points a minute into the fourth quarter after Ian Hahus scored on a backdoor cut with a nice assist from Reuben Y. Schwartz.
Forest Park was 1 for 13 on three-point shooting the first three quarters. But Bromm then hit two three-pointers and made a steal and a layup as the Rangers went on a 12-0 run to take a 47-42 lead with 5:12 left.
Perry Central could have folded then, especially after Myers blocked shots on two consecutive Commodore possessions a minute later.
But the Commodores regained the lead, 50-48, on two consecutive three-pointers by Reuben A. Schwartz.
Bromm replied with a four-point play on a three-pointer from the top of the key and free throw.
Again Perry Central regained the lead, 53-52, on a three-pointer by T.J. Lamon with 1:45 left.
On Forest Park’s next possession Myers scored on his own rebound. The 6-foot-8 center hit 7 of 12 shots from two-point range and got his own rebound on all five of his misses from that range.
Perry Central missed a three-pointer on its next possession and Ryan Hanan fouled out on a scramble for the ball.
Bromm hit both free throws to put the Rangers up 56-53 with 1:01 left.
Perry Central committed turnovers on its next two possessions and Forest Park made two more free throws.
Alex Rogier scored on a drive to cut Perry Central’s deficit to three points with 4.5 seconds left.
The Rangers did not have to inbound the ball after that, though, as the Commodores were out of timeouts.
With so many momentum swings in the fourth quarter, what did Perry Central Coach Matt Carter think was the key turning point?
“The four-point play was a big deal,” he said. “Momentum really shifted there. We still had our chances after that, though.
“Our inability to get that rebound (on which Myers scored the go-ahead basket) hurt. Rebounding hurt us throughout the game. We did a poor job of moving him out of his area.”
Myers grabbed 16 rebounds—12 in the first half—as the Rangers won the board battle 34-18.
Perry Central outshot the Rangers from the field 47.8 percent to 40.4 percent.
The Rangers were 5 for 24 from the field in the first half, including 0 for 10 from three-point range.
“I thought we were real active in our 3-2 zone, especially when they tried to get the ball in the post—we had several deflections and steals (Hanan made four steals),” said Carter. “And we were able to get a hand in the shooters’ face too.”
Reuben A. Schwartz led the Commodores with 13 points. Rogier scored 11 and Hahus and Lamon each added 10. Lamon also had six assists.
Myers scored 17 points for 16-5 Forest Park and Bromm added 15—all in the last 6:43.
Perry Central finished the season 9-13.