PC overtakes Eagles in 2nd half

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Sports Editor

LANESVILLE—Better defense in the second half and driving more helped Perry Central overtake Lanesville 63-56 in boys basketball Saturday.
Lanesville went on an 11-4 run late in the second quarter to build a seven-point lead, which it still held at halftime.
“We started the game really well at both ends of the floor,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “Then we just had a little lapse there.
“We talked at halftime about not letting their seven-point lead grow to double digits—we had to make the first run of the second half. And we did that.
“I think our communication on defense was a lot better in the second half.
“When we went to a zone, we did a really nice job with it the last few minutes of the game.
I still think our best defense is man-to-man, but the zone can be good for us here and there.”
After Lanesville’s Joe Ferree scored the first points of the third quarter on a drive, Perry Central scored the next six.
Four of them came on two layups by Andrew Huber—one off a steal.
Whether in transition or the halfcourt, the Commodores went to the basket more in the second half.
That helped them hit 20 of 32 two-point shots (62.5 percent) for the game and also helped them get to the free-throw line, where they hit 16 of 17 in the last 121⁄2 minutes.
Center Dillon Hubert went 6 for 6 at the line in the last 3:47, including two that gave the Commodores the lead for good, 52-51, with 3:47 left.
“He was more aggressive tonight,” said Carter. “He worked hard to get position and get good posts.”
Huber led Perry Central with 19 points. Hubert added 16 and Austin LeClere 14, with the three combining to hit 16 of 24 from the field.
Huber grabbed nine rebounds and had three assists. LeClere added three steals and three assists.
Ferree, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard, led 9-7 Lanesville with 19 points.
Perry Central, 11-3, will host West Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
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Lane Lynch had 15 points and 12 rebounds as Perry Central won the JV game 53-41.
Trey Mullis added 15 points, four rebounds and four steals.
Luke Hilgenhold scored eight points and Payton Thompson seven. Tyler Howell added four rebounds.