MCGUFFEY — Perry’s Jamal Whiteside had a good feeling all week.
And that wasn’t good news for Upper Scioto Valley.
Perry’s up-tempo, press-and-run game ran past Upper Scioto Valley 68-44 in a boys basketball game Friday at USV’s Alumni Fieldhouse.
Whiteside scored from all over the floor at a high-octane level with 32 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He also had three 3-pointers.
“It was a really big win,” Whiteside said. “We want to put another number (league title) on the banner. We had to go out and play a whole 32 minutes.’’
Whiteside hit 10 of 16 from the floor.
“I felt good all week,” Whiteside said. “The whole week of practice I was hitting my shot.’’
Perry also received a spark from a pair of freshmen, 6-foot-3 Ryan Yingst and Terry Riley.
Yingst had six points and seven rebounds.
Riley had 12 points, with two huge 3-pointers in the key second-quarter stretch.
With the win, Perry is the lone unbeaten team in the Northwest Central Conference.
Perry is 10-3, 5-0 in the NWCC. USV is 9-4, 3-1 in the NWCC.
The Rams were led by Wayne Lowery’s 18 points, nine rebounds and two 3-pointers.
Quinn Sanders had 12 points and 12 rebounds from the blocks.
USV’s Wyatt Daniels had nine points on three 3-pointers.
USV had the size advantage inside with a starting front line of 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Perry’s countered with a front line of 6-3, 6-1, 5-11.
“Size doesn’t really matter,” Whiteside said. “We just wanted to double-down on their bigs and play hard the whole time.’’
Added Perry coach Matt Tabler, “We were trying to get them off the block. If we could get them off the block, we felt we could get some help from the wings. They did get it down there in the second half (which led to a Perry zone).’’
And while the size edge was clearly in USV’s favor, the first half quickly turned into a run-the-floor, 3-point shootout.
The Rams ran out to a quick 10-5 lead, but the Commodores went on a 7-0 run and the game was tied at 12 at the end of the first quarter.
USV led 21-19 midway through the second, when Perry’s outside bombing sparked it on a 15-0 run to end the half to give the Commodores a 32-21 lead at the half.
Whiteside started the key run with a 15-footer and a 3-pointer.
Then came a 17-footer by Whiteside and a Rashad Davis layup.
Riley then closed the half with two long-range 3-pointers off the break to push the Perry lead to 32-21.
“That was a momentum swing,” Tabler said. “When you have a freshman (Riley) knocking down two big threes. He plays with no fear. And Terry isn’t even in there for his offense. He’s in there for his defense.’’
At the half, both teams were 5 of 11 on 3-pointers.
But the problem for the Rams was they were 8 of 34 from the field at the half.
Whiteside led Perry at the half with 17 points and a pair of threes.
USV scrapped the long bombing in the second half and went right inside to the 6-4 Sanders for three quick layups.
Just like that, the Rams got within 37-29 with 3:30 left in the third.
Perry came right back and Whiteside sank a 3-pointer.
“That team has a lot of pride and experience. We told our team they would make a run at us,” Tabler said. “We said who is going to make a big play for us? And who other than Jamal comes down and nails a big shot. He plays without fear. That was a big shot for us.’’
That kicked Perry on a 7-0 run to give the Commodores a 44-29 lead and they were in control the rest of the way.
USV won the boards, 45-38.
USV was 6 of 21 on 3-pointers and shot 27 percent overall.
Perry hit 6 of 17 on 3-pointers and 47 percent overall.
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