BATH TOWNSHIP — Upper Scioto Valley came with everything it had down the stretch.
Perry buckled for just a second, then regrouped and finished it off.
Perry withstood USV’s late surge to post a 71-64 victory over the Rams in the Division IV boys basketball sectional championship Friday at Bath High School.
Perry (19-3) advances to the district semifinals against Marion Local (16-7) at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wapakoneta.
“Coach (Matt Tabler) always says adversity is going to come during the game, but we were ready for it,” Perry guard Jamal Whiteside said. “As long as we come out with the win, that’s all we need.’’
In the first sectional title game of the night, Marion Local ran over Ridgemont, 71-30.
USV ends its season 17-6.
Whiteside led Perry with 19 points, including hitting 6 of 6 at the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Louis Hoersten had 14 points and four rebounds.
“It feels great,” Hoersten said. “Last year we got bounced in the sectionals, and to cut down the net this year feels amazing.’’
Perry’s Chazz Jackson had 14 points and five rebounds.
Ryan Yingst had nine points for Perry. Martell White had nine rebounds with his three points.
Quinn Sanders led USV with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
Wyatt Daniels had 14 points and four 3-pointers. Dylan Thompson scored 11, while Wayne Lowery had 10.
Perry led by as many as 21, 43-22, with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
“We kept with our 10-man lineup and kind of wore them down,” Perry coach Matt Tabler said. “In the fourth quarter, they gave us a punch and then our kids panicked on that punch. We have to be better with the basketball. But in the tournament, it’s survive and move on and that’s exactly what we did.’’
The Commodores held a 19-point lead, 52-33, early in the fourth quarter.
But the Rams charged back with three straight 3-pointers by Daniels.
“We slacked off a little bit in the second half, but we found a way to win,” Whiteside said.
USV also went to a 1-2-2 press in the final quarter and it sparked the Rams on a 13-2 run.
That brought the Rams within 58-52 with 2:44 to go.
The closest USV got was five, 58-53, with 2:18 to go.
Perry had nine fourth-quarter turnovers, but held off the Rams with their foul shooting.
Whiteside and Hoersten both hit two foul shots and the Perry lead went back to 62-53 lead with 1:58 left.
In the fourth quarter, Perry hit 15 of 20 at the foul line.
Both teams had 32 rebounds.
Perry had 21 turnovers, while USV had 22.
On Jan. 18 at USV, Perry knocked off USV 68-44.
Perry took that blueprint from the first time around and ran a copy of that game in the first quarter.
The Commodores hit the floor in high gear, forcing turnovers and sprinting the floor for threes or inside baskets.
Perry led 11-5 early and 20-8 after the first quarter.
“Coach said it all week that the first time we played them they were out of breath,” Hoersten said. “We knew we had to go out there and run past them and that’s what we came out and did.’’
Hoersten had six inside points in the opening quarter, while Whiteside had eight, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Perry forced 13 USV turnovers by halftime, many of which ended up as fast-break baskets at the other end.
Perry led 32-18 at the half.
Marion Local 71, Ridgemont 30
University of Findlay-bound Nathan Bruns had 24 points and 11 rebounds to power Marion Local over Ridgemont.
Marion Local led 20-9 after the first quarter and pushed its lead to 36-17 at the half.
The game was tied at 7 before the Flyers ripped off a 7-0 run to pull out to a 14-7 lead.
It was all Flyers after that.
The Flyers hit 10 3-pointers on the night.
Max Albers had 12 points on four 3-pointers. Nick Tangeman scored 10.
Landon Newland and Mason Stuck both scored 11 points for the Golden Gophers.
Ridgemont ends its season 11-12.
The game ended with a running clock.
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