Commodores nip Tell City in double overtime

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Sports Editor

TELL CITY—Perry Central hit 14 of 16 free throws in the second overtime to beat Tell City 68-66 in the second round of the PSC Holiday Classic boys basketball tourney Wednesday.

Tell City fell behind 17-4 early but battled back to take two brief fourth-quarter leads.
Still Perry Central led 47-45 with about 10 seconds left in regulation and had the ball.
But Chris Kohnert made his seventh steal of the game for Tell City and Trent Gunn scored on a rebound with 0:05 left to send the game into overtime.
Tell City took a three-point lead with 1:29 left in that period on a three-pointer from the wing by Sean Flannagan.
Neal Schwartz matched that three-pointer for Perry Central 54 seconds later to force the second overtime.
Both teams had trouble getting through screens to defend three-point shots. Perry Central hit 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and Tell City made 10 of 22.
“Neal’s stands out as the biggest one because we were down three at the time,” said Perry Central Coach Matt Carter. “We executed the play well and got it to him, but he still had to put the ball in the basket and he did.”
“We knew what they were going to do,” Tell City Coach John Hayes said of that play. “I told our guys in the timeout that the double screen was coming. But we didn’t react to it quickly enough—we were late getting there.”
Derek Thomas hit a driving shot for Perry Central to start the second overtime scoring.
Kohnert then missed a free throw for Tell City and Flannagan fouled out trying for the rebound.
Tanner Cassidy hit both free throws to put the Commodores up 56-52 with 2:55 left.
They led by at least two the rest of the way as they continued to hit their free throws.
Nick Kleaving hit a three-pointer with 0:03 left to pull the Marksmen within two points. But they were out of timeouts, so Perry Central did not have to inbound the ball after that.
Thomas scored 17 points, Schwartz 15, Cassidy 14, and Abe Schwartz 12 for Perry Central.
Cassidy grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, but Tell City still won the board battle 40-31, including grabbing 20 offensive rebounds.
Gunn grabbed eight rebounds and Kohnert and Shane Weedman added seven apiece for Tell City.
Brian Arnold scored a season-high 17 points to lead the Marksmen in that category. He hit 5 of 10 from three-point range as he broke out of his shooting slump.
Gunn added 15 points, Flannagan and Kohnert 11 apiece, and Kleaving 10.
Abe Schwartz had five steals and four assists for Perry Central.
Perry Central outshot Tell City from the field 44.2 percent to 36.9 percent and from the free-throw line 82.1 percent to 47.1 percent.
The Marksmen shot 12 percentage points better from three-point range than two-point range.
“Once again we didn’t finish around the basket,” said Hayes. “We’re falling away instead of shooting power shots.”
Perry Central used several different zone defenses, including a wide 1-2-2, a 1-3-1 and a 2-3, and also trapped sparingly.
“We mixed it up to try to keep them off balance,” said Carter.
Perry Central improved to 4-2 while Tell City fell to 3-5.