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By LARRY GOFFINET Sports Editor
LEOPOLD—Adam Etienne and Nick Huber each scored 23 points as Perry Central defeated Tell City 106-89 in their third annual alumni basketball game Wednesday.
Perry Central led the entire first half but Tell City built an eight-point lead midway through the third quarter on the strength of hot three-point shooting.
Etienne and Huber led an 11-3 Perry Central run at the start of the fourth quarter to put the former Commodores on top 80-73.
Etienne, a 1999 Perry Central graduate who was the second oldest player in the game, proved right from the start that he could still play. The 6-foot-6 forward/center who played for Bellarmine University made the game’s first field goal and a three-pointer as Perry Central jumped to a 7-0 lead.
“I’ll be honest—I was more lucky than good,” said Etienne. “I haven’t really played any basketball since my son was born seven months ago. “Having two little ones at home and changing teaching jobs (he is now assistant athletic director and world geography teacher at Waggener High School in Louisville, Ky.), I’ve been too busy to play basketball.”
Tanner Cassidy added 14 points and Derek Thomas 11 for Perry Central. They were two of four players from last year’s sectional championship team to play in the game.
Jordan Rhodes led Tell City with 24 points. Eric Henrickson added 16, Todd Henrickson 14, Matthew Watts 13, and Ryan Zuelly 12. The former Marksmen hit 14 three-pointers, including four by Todd Henrickson.
But they went cold behind the arc in the closing minutes, when they shot a lot of them trying to catch up. Fatigue may have been a factor, as they had only eight players for the 48-minute game. Perry Central had 12 players.
Perry Central’s Aaron Carter, the leading scorer in last year’s game, did not play because he had the flu. Former University of Evansville player Andy Chinn could not play for Tell City because he is an assistant coach for Kentucky Wesleyan and the Panthers had a road game that day.
The game was sponsored by Storage Squad and Construction Engineering Solutions.