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FRENCH LICK - Perry Central controlled the backboards and worked the ball well in the fourth quarter, defeating Springs Valley 51-39 in PLAC boys basketball Friday.
Springs Valley led by four points, 26-22, with 4:52 left in the third quarter and still led 30-29 with 1:39 left in that period.
Zach Rogier made a jump shot to put Perry Central ahead 32-30 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter Perry Central Coach Matt Carter said, "I challenged our team during the time out to be focused and disciplined on defense. We were running around - we were not in a (defensive) stance, and not playing with any intensity."
In the fourth quarter, the Commodores played with intensity as they scored the first nine points of the period starting with a three-point basket by T.J. Lamon.
Reuben A. Schwartz, Nick Huber and Wes Linette each added two-point baskets making the score 41-30.
The Commodores went on to score 19 points that quarter and held Springs Valley to nine points as the Blackhawks were unable to score for nearly 2 1/2 minutes at the start of the quarter and two minutes at the end of the period.
"Defensively we turned them over a few times, forced them into tough shots," said Carter.
He also said the Commodores did "a great job on the boards and (did) not give them any second chance points the last eight to 10 minutes of the game."
Huber grabbed 11 rebounds and Schwartz came off the bench to add eight of the Commodores 38 rebounds.
"Nick did a great job on the boards," said Carter. "We need him to do that night in and night out. Offensively he did a great job of attacking the basket in the fourth quarter."
Perry Central kept Springs Valley's two 6-foot-5 players off the boards pretty much in the final quarter.
Zach Kellams, a 6-foot guard, led the Blackhawks in rebounds with eight of their 23.
Linette led Perry Central's balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Rogier added 10 and Huber nine.
"Offensively we tried to spread them out a little bit and work the ball and be patient and hopefully wear them down and get some easy looks. We were able to get some stuff going to the basket because of that. Then when we drove they were helping and we got kick-outs to our shooters. So we did a great job on both ends of the floor the last part of the game."
Perry Central outshoot Springs Valley from the field 40.4 percent to 33.3 percent.
Huber and Rogier each had five assists for Perry Central.
Perry Central improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the PLAC. Springs Valley fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Perry Central will host North Posey at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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In junior varsity action Ian Hahus had 13 points and seven rebounds as Perry Central defeated Springs Valley 36-29.
Perry Central improved to 4-1.