Rogier propels PC past Tell City

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Alex Rogier had 23 points and nine rebounds in the second half to lift Perry Central past Tell City 70-69 in boys basketball Tuesday.

Rogier scored 21 points in the last 12 minutes after Tell City built a 50-41 lead on Trent Gunn’s driving layup and free throw with 3:56 left in the third quarter.

“There’s no question he was the difference in the game,” Tell City Coach John Hayes said of Rogier.

“I thought in the first half we did what the scouting report said to do,” Hayes added. “We went all the way to the screen and we were switching on screens. The second half we didn’t defend him at all and we made him look like all-state. And we let him get his own rebound two or three times.”

Rogier had only three points and four rebounds in the first half, when he took only two shots from the field.

He sat out most of the second quarter in foul trouble. “And early we didn’t get the ball inside,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “The second half he did a better job posting up and we were looking for him. He can finish in there and he’s a good free-throw shooter.”

Rogier hit 9 of 13 from the field and 5 of 5 free throws in the second half. He scored on rebounds of two of his four misses and scored another rebound basket on a teammate’s miss.

He hit a pull-up 15-footer early in the third quarter but made all his field goals after that from 9 feet on in.

He scored seven consecutive points on two rebound baskets sandwiched around a driving 5-footer and free throw to pull the Commodores within two points of the Marksmen, 50-48, with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The game remained close down the stretch.

After a steal by Tell City guard Trent Gunn, Mike Maddle hit two free throws to put the Marksmen ahead 69-68 with 0:43 left.

Rogier scored on a drive to put Perry Central back on top with 0:26 left.

Tell City worked the  ball upcourt and Hayes called timeout with 0:16 left to set up the Marksmen’s final shot.

“We got the look we wanted at the end—it was wide open (a three-point shot by Maddle from the corner, coming off a screen),” said Hayes. “It just didn’t go down.”

Both teams shot well from the field for the game, with Perry Central hitting 49.1 percent and Tell City 48.2 percent.

Jacob Schwartz scored 18 points and Ian Hahus 15 for Perry Central to back Rogier.

Gunn led Tell City with 19 points and Maddle added 15.

Perry Central outrebounded Tell City 35-23 overall and 15-7 in the second half.

“I thought early in the game Tell City was doing a good job being physical and checking out,” said Carter.

“In the second half I  don’t know that we ever boxed out,” said Hayes. “Nick Kleaving did once, but that was it.”

Tell City fell to 1-1 while the game was Perry Central’s season opener.

The Commodores will visit Cannelton Friday at 8 p.m. Tell City will play at Forest Park Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Perry Central won the junior varsity game 56-44 as Tanner Cassidy scored 14 points, Derek Thomas 12, and Andrew Harpenau 10.

Brian Arnold scored 11 and Chris Kohnert nine for Tell City, 1-1.