If you hadn’t seen what Shawnee’s boys basketball team can do offensively, Tuesday night’s 79-58 win over Perry would have been a good time to watch the Indians.
Shawnee shot 65 percent as a team (34 of 52), matched its season high with 11 3-pointers and had its top two scorers fall two points short of outscoring Perry by themselves.
George Mangas scored 35 points on 17 of 20 shooting on field goals and John Barker scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Shawnee (6-0).
Brayden Wright scored 16 points and Chazz Jackson had 15 points for Perry (5-2) in the non-league match-up on the Commodores homecourt.
“Not bad. Not bad,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said about the Indians’ offense. “But we need to be better defensively.
“It was really our size against their quickness. They’re just a tenacious team that keeps coming at you over and over and over again. We knew we were going to be up for a challenge and I was proud of how we responded to the early momentum I thought they had.”
The momentum Triplett referred to was in the game’s first 10 minutes.
The lead changed hands four times in the first quarter and the game was tied twice.
That pattern continued until two minutes into the second quarter when Shawnee’s offense erupted and the Indians built a 12-point halftime lead at 41-29. They hit 9 of 15 shots in the second quarter and connected on four 3-pointers in that quarter and made seven of them in the first half.
Mangas had 17 points in the first half and Barker scored 12 points in the first two quarters, all on 3-pointers.
A 3-pointer by Jarin Bertke, Barker’s third 3-pointer of the half and a 3-pointer by Mangas in a span of 48 seconds put Shawnee up 33-22 halfway through the second quarter. Shawnee’s lead never fell below nine points after that run and grew to as much as a 26-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
“I felt like our pressure really weighed on them but they’re just a really excellent basketball team,” Perry coach Matt Tabler said about the turnaround that put Shawnee in control of the game.
“I think it was a seven or eight-point game in the middle of the second quarter and we got another steal and missed a breakaway lay-up and kind of went downhill from there. We kind of wore ourselves down. A lot of guys logged a lot of minutes tonight but I liked that our effort was there throughout the entire game,” he said.
Perry played with starting post player Ryan Yingst, who suffered a knee injury in a game against Ada last Saturday.