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REO—Perry Central scored eight points in overtime to take a 49-41 win over South Spencer in boys basketball Saturday.
The Rebels weren’t able to score any points during the four-minute extra period.
Perry Central Coach Matt Carter was pleased with his team’s effort, crediting the defense and refusal to give up as key parts of the win.
“Defensively we were as good as we’ve been in a long time,” he said. “They did a great job of defending in the last three minutes.
“In overtime we took control of the game. They just never quit. They could have easily hung their heads but they didn’t.”
The Commodores went into the third quarter leading South Spencer by four points, which they expanded to 10 points with 4:08 left in the quarter.
But the Rebels were able to come back, overtaking Perry Central halfway through the fourth quarter.
“Their shooters got hot and they started knocking down some three-point shots, so we switched our defense to zone,” said Carter. “That was the biggest difference at the end.”
South Spencer was ahead two points when a foul sent Commodore forward Alex Rogier to the free-throw line.
Rogier’s two points tied the score 41-41 with 43 seconds left in regulation.
Seconds later, Rebel guard Cody Meyer was fouled but missed his shot, sending the game into overtime.
Meyer and Jeremy Kincaid would lead South Spencer with 10 points each.
Austin Hauser led the Commodores with 12 points and T.J. Lamon added 10.
Rogier and Ian Hahus led the Commodores in rebounds with seven apiece.
Carter said that he felt momentum was in his team’s favor when the overtime started.
“We had to make a nice run to force the overtime. Once we got the tip and scored on the first possession, I think the kids could feel it.”
Perry Central will host Northeast Dubois tonight at 7.
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Perry Central won the junior varsity game 51-36.
Trevor King led the Commodores with 16 points and Jacob Schwartz added 12.