SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Shawnee had the height and the power.
And the Indians were able to flex their power inside game in the second half.
Shawnee pounded the ball inside and hit the glass in the second half and was able to pull away from Perry 67-51 in a boys basketball game Tuesday at Lappin Gymnasium.
Shawnee led 28-19 at the half, but Perry rallied back to get within 30-26 after a Chazz Jackson 3-pointer with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
That’s when Shawnee began ramming it inside and dominating the offensive glass.
Shawnee had a run of 8-2 to pull out to a 38-28 lead.
Then, after a Perry basket, the Indians ripped off a 10-0 run.
Just like that, the Indians’ lead ballooned to 48-30 with 1:30 left in the third.
“I thought we were on our heels in the first half,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said. “The goal in the second half was to give them one shot and get out and go in transition. If we could set some screens, then we were going to get some open looks on the inside.’’
Shawnee was in control the rest of the way.
Shawnee is 5-1. Perry is 5-2.
Shawnee’s 6-foot-3 sophomore George Mangas led the Indians with 19 points and eight rebounds. He had 11 points in the critical third quarter.
“We were a little nervous to start the game so we had to come out (in the third quarter) better and settle down,” Mangas said. “We had to play our style of game and keep crashing inside. And we had to adjust (to their defense) in the second half.’’
Of Mangas’ seven baskets, six came on layups.
Tyson Elwer, the Indians’ 6-5 sophomore, had five points and pounded the boards for 13 rebounds.
Logan Maxwell had 11 points with two 3-pointers. Justin Behnke had nine points.
Shawnee was able to win the boards 47-30, including 22-12 at the offensive end.
“I thought our defense was tremendous, but we said offensive rebounds are one thing we can not give up,” Perry coach Matt Tabler said. “We were already outsized as it was. We weren’t pushing hard enough to get the offensive rebounds. And that was the top thing that was circled on the game plan.
“The offensive rebounds (Shawnee had) was such a deflation after you work on for 20 to 25 seconds on defense, you make them earn a tough shot, then you don’t rebound the ball.’’
Jackson led Perry with 18 points, with four 3-pointers, and seven rebounds.
Jamal Whiteside added 17 points, while Louis Hoersten had 10 points.
Perry and Shawnee love to run and press.
But for the first half, it was only Perry that was running with its man press and a sticky man in the halfcourt.
Shawnee, on the other hand, didn’t press. Instead, the Indians played a 3-2 zone.
Perry failed to take advantage of the zone, hitting just 3 of 13 from the field in the opening quarter.
Perry was 5 of 25 from the field at the half, 1 of 8 on 3-pointers.
“We went with a 3-2 look,” Triplett said. “We wanted to play up tempo, but we didn’t want to play into their style too much. When they get going in that track meet, they really, really look good in that environment. We wanted to slow them down a little bit.’’
The Indians went inside on offense and continued to get second shots.
That helped Shawnee out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter.
When Shawnee’s Johnny Caprella sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key, the Indians’ lead bounced to 20-12 with 3:27 left before halftime.
Shawnee went into the half with a 28-19 lead.
Elwer was controlling the game inside for the Indians with 10 first-half rebounds.
“I’m not going to fault our kids’ effort,” Tabler said. “They played hard.’’