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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Perry Central forced 34 Tell City turnovers, including 19 on steals, to beat the Marksmen 65-27 in boys basketball Tuesday.
The Commodores used their quickness and depth well in their full-court press. It bothered the Marksmen, who have less depth and quickness and were still without their regular point guard (Trent Zuelly) and forward-guard Matthew Watts, who missed the game with an injury.
“We were without probably our two best ball-handlers,” said Tell City Coach Brent Owen. “Against Cannelton Saturday Brian Arnold really wore himself out trying to run the point the whole game. So we tried Drew Mowery at the point tonight, but that’s not his natural position.”
Perry Central Coach Matt Carter noted that his players “have run that press for three years, and I thought we stayed active in it for the most part.”
Tell City committed five turnovers in the first five minutes as Perry Central jumped to a 13-0 lead.
Tanner Cassidy scored the first basket inside on an assist from Andrew Huber.
Cassidy then made a steal and a layup. Derek Thomas scored in transition after another Commodore steal.
A three-point basket by Thomas and an inside basket by Cassidy completed that streak.
The Commodores increased their lead to 15-0 before reserve Reese Miller scored Tell City’s first basket with 1:14 left in the first quarter.
For the second consecutive game the Marksmen were cold from the field in the first half, hitting just 3 of 20. And this time their free-throw shooting (5 of 7) was not enough to keep them close.
Still they shot free throws better than the Commodores, who hit only 2 of their first 9 and finished the game 8 for 19 (42.1 percent).
The Marksmen also outrebounded the Commodores 35-24. But Carter saw those statistics as aberrations that don’t worry him.
“That’s probably as bad as we’ve ever shot free throws as a group,” said Carter. “Most of these guys are 80 percent shooters for their careers.”
As for the rebounding, “we talked about that at halftime,” said Carter. “They were killing us on the boards (22-12 at that point). We got a little complacent there, but we’re a much better rebounding team than we showed tonight.”
Perry Central outshot Tell City from the field 50.0 percent to 24.2 percent.
“I thought our shot selection was really good,” said Carter. “We played unselfishly. We turned down some good shots to get a better one for a teammate.”
Carter used nine players extensively in the first half and said, “Everybody that came into the game did something positive. We didn’t lose a step when we went to our bench.”
Five Commodores scored between nine and 11 points. Thomas and Abe Schwartz led with 11 apiece and Cassidy, Colten Hedinger and reserve Austin LeClere each added nine.
Cassidy also had seven rebounds, seven steals and seven assists, leading the team in all three categories.
Thomas added five rebounds and Huber made four steals.
Mowery and Arnold each scored nine points to lead Tell City. Grant Sanders grabbed seven rebounds and Miller added six.
Perry Central, 1-0, will host Cannelton Friday at 8 p.m. Tell City, 0-2, will host Forest Park Saturday at 7 p.m.
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Perry Central won the JV game 66-27 as Michael Schwartz scored 18 points.
Nathan Schwartz added 14, Trent Schraner 11, Dillon Hubert 10, and Alton Cummings nine.
Domonick Gray and Reed Goffinet led 1-1 Tell City with six points apiece.