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LEOPOLD—Perry Central built a 20-point fourth-quarter lead, then made 15 of 18 free throws to beat Heritage Hills 65-56 in boys basketball Friday.
Heritage Hills’ Justin Forshey made a three-point shot from the corner to cut the Commodore lead to 63-56 with 36 seconds left.
A quick foul sent Jacob Schwartz to the free throw line where he made both shots.
Heritage Hills turned to ball over on its next possession and then allowed the Commodores to run out the clock.
On defense Perry Central held Forshey in check most of the game. He had seven points through the first 31⁄2 quarters before finishing with 20.
Perry Central Coach Matt Carter said, “Defensively I thought we were pretty solid start to finish. Forshey made some tough shots on us in the fourth quarter.”
Josh Suhrheinrich added 10 points for the Patriots
After the Commodores built their 20-point lead early in the fourth quarter, they worked on running the clock while looking for a good shot. But the Patriots used a trapping defense that caused them problems.
“The only thing that stood out was we didn’t take care of the ball late in the game.” said Carter.
The committed 13 turnovers in the second half and 22 for the game.
Heritage Hills didn’t fare much better, turning it over 18 times.
Carter said, “We would be in a bad position with the ball, then we would pass it to a worse position—like not going and meeting the pass. When we did meet the pass, we got to the free throw line.”
Perry Central made 27 of 34 free throws for 79.4 percent. Alex Rogier hit 19 of 20 from the line and scored 23 points. Ian Hahus and Trevor King each added 12 points.
Hahus grabbed 11 rebounds as Perry Central outrebounded the taller Patriots 29-20. Forshey grabbed eight for the Patriots.
Perry Central improved to 10-11 while Heritage Hills fell to 7-14.
The Commodores will play Forest Park in the Class 2A sectional at Huntingburg Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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Heritage Hills beat Perry Central 61-50 in the junior varsity game.
Garrett Miller scored 12 points, Tanner Cassidy 11, and Derek Thomas 10 for 9-11 Perry Central
Thomas also grabbed eight rebounds.