PERRY TOWNSHIP – Perry came out running.
Delphos Jefferson struggled to keep up.
Perry jumped out early on visiting Delphos Jefferson in Saturday’s nonconference boys basketball game, and pulled away for a 61-35 victory at Volbert Gymnasium.
Perry was balanced.
Jeffery Simpson led Perry (4-0) with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Brayden Knight had 12 points and two steals. Ryan Yingst scored 10 points and pulled down eight boards. Terry Riley had 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Commodores.
Perry pushed the pace from end to end Saturday night.
Perry head coach Matt Tabler was pleased at the way his squad got after it Saturday, especially at the defensive end of the court.
“It’s our staple. And it’s been our staple for the first four games,” Tabler said about his team’s defensive philosophy. “I thought we put a whole game together, defensively. This defense is a little different than the Perry defenses in the past. It was – ‘You were having trouble getting the ball up the floor’. Now, we’re working it up the floor.
“I thought our half-court defense was excellent, minus the offensive rebounds. We gave up too many offensive rebounds to them. But our helps, our rotation, and our driving lanes were good. We just have to close plays out, and we will. I thought this was four good quarters of defense for us.”
Colin Bailey led Delphos Jefferson (0-2) with 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Ian Wannemacher had nine points, four rebounds and three steals for the Wildcats.
Perry jumped out quickly on Delphos Jefferson, scoring the first six points of the game.
Delphos Jefferson missed its first seven shots on the night, which seemed to set the tone for the Wildcats.
However, Delphos Jefferson recovered and cut it to 1, 6-5, on a 3-pointer by Bailey at the 3:30 mark of the first quarter.
However, the Commodores kept pushing the pace from end to end, and pulled out to a 14-8 lead by the first stop.
Delphos Jefferson was just 3 of 16 shooting from the field in the first quarter. Perry was 6 of 14.
Delphos Jefferson’s shooting woes continued in the second stanza. The Wildcats connected on 4 of 12 from the field.
The Commodores kept pushing the tempo, and extended their lead to 35-20 by the halftime break.
Simpson, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored 11 of his 14-first half points, in the second quarter for Perry.
“I think that is his career high,” Tabler said about Simpson’s performance on Saturday. “He played like a senior, tonight. When we can get him as our leading scorer – who is usually our fourth leading scorer – then that is usually a good thing. I liked our balance tonight.”
The Commodores were 9 of 15 shooting from the floor in the second quarter.
Perry did not let up, as its defensive pressure made it difficult for Delphos Jefferson.
The Commodores led 51-31, by the end of the third quarter.
Tabler was pleased at how his bench contributed on Saturday.
“We were playing eight. … That’s one more than I usually play,” Tabler said. “So, we have the luxury of having eight players who can play. The main thing we tell these guys is that when they go in, they cannot let the energy level drop off from the five starters. I felt like the three guys that came off the bench gave us great minutes, and contributed just as much as the starters.”
For the game, Perry shot 47 percent from the field. Delphos Jefferson countered with 26-percent shooting from the floor.
Delphos Jefferson committed 17 turnovers, while Perry turned the ball over 13 times on the night.
Perry controlled the boards, 40-23.
“We tell them that they have to attack the glass and make teams pay,” Tabler said. “We do have some length and height. So, I thought we did a good job with that.”