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Jeeps edge Commodores in OT

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DUBOIS—Tyler Haas scored seven points in overtime as Northeast Dubois nipped Perry Central 79-75 in boys basketball Thursday.
Haas, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 35 points as the Jeeps used their height advantage to score most of their points inside.
They hit 27 of 36 shots from two-point range, with most of them coming from within 8 feet of the basket.
“They had a 6-5, 6-7 and 6-5 frontline and a 6-5 sub, so they had a definite size advantage,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “And they’re physical.
“They got some post-ups. And their bigs, especially Haas, could catch the ball on the wings, put in on the floor once, and get to the rim.
“We didn’t make them shoot over the top of us much—we had a hard time staying in front of them.
“But on one inbounds play we had three guys in front of them and they lobbed it up over us and put it in the basket. There’s not much you can do about that.”
The Jeeps also hit 22 of 31 free throws. They shot 11 in overtime while Perry Central shot only 9 the entire game.
“Our on-the-ball defense was so poor we had to foul them at times to keep them from getting a layup,” said Carter.
The Jeeps outrebounded the Commodores 30-26, with Haas pulling down 11. Austin LeClere grabbed eight for Perry Central.
Perry Central had the advantage in turnovers, committing only nine to the Jeeps’ 22.
“Our press was great,” said Carter. “We turned them over several times and jumped ahead 13-2 in the first two minutes or so.
“But once they got it across halfcourt, they got it inside. We tried about every defense we had—some man(-to-man), some zone and a half-court trap.”
Andrew Huber led Perry Central’s balanced scoring with 19 points.
LeClere added 15, Dacota Schaad 14, Michael Schwartz 12, and Dillon Hubert 10.
Schaad and Trent Schraner each had four assists. Huber made four steals.
Northeast Dubois improved to 7-12.
Perry Central, 11-5, will visit Paoli Friday at 7 p.m.