Rangers' inside-outside combo subdues PC

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD—Hot three-point shooting and Jordan Myers’ strong inside game led Forest Park past Perry Central 74-57 in boys basketball Saturday.

The Rangers hit 8 of 15 from three-point range, with their three perimeter starters and reserve guards combining to hit 7 of 10.

They got some open three-point shots when the Commodores tried to sag inside to double-team the 6-foot-8 Myers.

“They got the first couple like that,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “But the ones that hurt us worse came when we didn’t rebound and they got offensive rebounds and kicked it out.”

Myers, about six inches taller than any Perry Central player and with strong and polished moves in the low post, hurt the Commodores inside. He hit 11 of 14 two-point shots, all from within 7 feet of the basket.

The Commodores also had trouble rebounding, particularly in the second half.

Forest Park won the board battle 34-19, including an 18-6 margin after the intermission.

“The second half we just decided we weren’t going to guard and we weren’t going to rebound,” said Carter. “They just outplayed us.

“I just think they played harder than we did. Coming off three losses in a row, they were hungrier. I knew we’d get their best shot.”

Reuben A. Schwartz and Ian Hahus each scored five early points to stake Perry Central to a 10-8 lead.

Forest Park answered with a 17-2 run on four inside baskets and three three-pointers, to take the lead for good.

Perry Central cut the margin to eight points on Reuben Y. Schwartz’s steal and layup at the end of the third quarter.

But the Rangers scored the first five points of the fourth quarter on an inside basket by Myers and a three-pointer by Nathan Bromm.

They led by double digits the rest of the way.

Reuben A. Schwartz led Perry Central with 20 points on 8 for 14 field-goal shooting.

Hahus added 16 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Myers had 27 points and nine rebounds for Forest Park, 5-3. Bromm added 13 points on 5 of 6 field-goal shooting.

Perry Central, 6-3, will host Southridge Friday at 7 p.m.

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Forest Park won the junior varsity game 44-28.

Andrew Harpenau led 7-1 Perry Central with nine points and five rebounds. Trevor King added eight points.