Rangers outshoot Perry Central

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By Larry Goffinet

FERDINAND - Forest Park's superior size inside helped the Rangers beat Perry Central 79-66 in boys basketball Saturday.

Jordan Myers, the Rangers' 6-foot-8 junior center, had 22 points and 11 rebounds and hit 9 of 12 shots from the field.

He hit one 12-foot shot from the wing but his other eight field goals came from within 7 feet of the basket, including two on rebounds.

And when the Commodores collapsed two people on him, he made some nice passes to teammates for backdoor layups.

All of that helped the Rangers hit 56.4 percent from the field, including 25 of 38 from two-point range. Perry Central hit 43.4 percent.

Perry Central's tallest player, 6-foot-3 Zach Rogier, was in foul trouble most of the game.

Still the Commodores stayed with the taller Rangers on the boards, tying them 30-30 in rebounds.

If not for sub-par free-throw shooting, the Commodores could have made the game interesting down the stretch.

They hit only 4 of 11 free throws in the first 12 minutes of the second half, missing five times when they had a chance to cut Forest Park's lead to 10 or less.

With sixth man Reuben A. Schwartz sidelined by an ankle injury, the Commodores had less depth than usual, so fatigue may have been a factor in their poor second-half free-throw shooting.

But "in practice we make sure we shoot them when we're tired," said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter.

"Going into the season, I thought free-throw shooting would be one of our strengths, but we've struggled a little bit there all year."

Carter was pleased with the Commodores' rebounding overall "except in the second half they had seven offensive rebounds and scored on all of them.

"Myers got some scores on offensive rebounds when we had inside position but didn't back him out.

"We knew he was going to be the key, running their offense through him. And (Ranger guard Seve) Beach made some tough shots in the first half - he hit a couple of threes off the dribble."

Beach hit 3 of 5 from three-point range in the first half, with his last one extending the Rangers' lead to 41-25.

The Commodores cut the gap to nine points twice in the second half, the last time on an inside basket by Nick Huber to start the fourth quarter scoring.

Myers answered seconds later with a three-point play on an inside basket and free throw.

Huber led Perry Central with 23 points and Wes Linette added 16.

Linette grabbed eight rebounds and Michael Jarboe had seven.

T.J. Lamon had seven assists for the Commodores.

Perry Central fell to 7-3 while Forest Park improved to 5-3.

The Commodores will visit Southridge, which has beaten Forest Park twice, Friday at 7 p.m.

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Forest Park won the junior varsity game 63-39.

Clint Cassidy scored seven points and Ian Hahus and Alex Rogier each added six for Perry Central, 6-3.

Hahus, Cassidy and Trevor King each grabbed six rebounds. Reuben Y. Schwartz had six assists.