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LEOPOLD—A hot shooting first half helped Perry Central defeat Paoli 66-55 in PLAC boys basketball Friday.
The Commodores hit four three-point shots in the first quarter. Reuben A. Schwartz scored 13 points in that period, including a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Commodores up 18-15 at the end of the period.
In the second quarter Alex Rogier scored 10 of the Commodores’ 19 points. He scored inside and outside and finished with a game-high 24 points.
Schwartz added 19 points and Ian Hahus scored 11.
“Reuben and Alex got their shot back scoring from the outside,” noted Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “We made 9 out of 20 threes.”
Perry Central’s defense allowed the Rams only eight points in the second quarter.
“Defensively we were consistent tonight,” said Carter. “Paoli has three or four good shooters. We were able to get a hand in their face and made them take tough shots.”
Perry Central used a zone defense and trapped at times.
With 6:39 left in the third quarter Austin Hauser made a three-pointer from the wing to give Perry Central a 16-point lead. 41-25.
The Rams would chip away and pull within eight, 51-43, with 5:40 left in the game due to a couple of turnovers and missed shots by Perry Central.
But that was as close as they got. The Commodores made 11 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold them off.
“We took care of the ball in the fourth quarter and made our free throws,” said Carter.
For the game the Commodores made 52.4 percent from the field (22 of 42) while holding the Rams to 42.6 percent shooting (20 of 47).
Junior guard Logan Las-well led Paoli with 22 points.
Perry Central out rebounded Paoli 30-18 as Rogier and Schwartz each grabbed seven.
The Commodores snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in the PLAC. Paoli dropped to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Perry Central will visit Heritage Hills Friday at 7:30 p.m.
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Paoli won the junior varsity game 38-37.
Neil Schwartz and Clint Cassidy scored 10 points apiece for 12-6 Perry Central.
Cassidy and Trevor King each grabbed six rebounds.