SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – With two undefeated teams, something had to give.
And it did.
After a very short-lived two-point lead by Perry to start Tuesday’s game, Shawnee shifted into overdrive and plowed past Perry for a convincing 77-47 victory in a nonconference boys basketball showdown at Lappin Gymnasium.
With the win, Shawnee improves to 6-0. Perry slips to 6-1.
The main cog for Shawnee on Tuesday was 6-foot, 4-inch senior George Mangas. Last season, Mangas was named Division II Player of the Year.
Mangas poured in a game-high 31 points, including 10 of 11 shooting from the free throw line. He also pulled down 11 rebounds and had a block.
Tyson Elwer, a 6-5 senior post player for the Indians, scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Elwer also pulled down seven rebounds and had eight blocks. Jarin Bertke scored 12 points, on four 3-pointers for Shawnee.
On the night, Shawnee nailed a total of 11 3-pointers.
Shawnee head coach Mark Triplett was pleased at his team’s performance from start to finish on Tuesday.
“Perry is an outstanding defensive basketball team,” Triplett said. “Their pressure and style of play – it forces you to play an all-together game. I thought the way we shared the ball with the threats we had on the floor tonight was great. We had three score in double figures. That was a talented basketball team; and we challenged our guys that we had to come out, play with some intensity and raise the bar from there. I thought we did a nice job with that.”
Brayden Knight led Perry with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Teammate Ryan Yingst added 12 points for the Commodores.
The pace was furious from the opening tip.
Perry grabbed the early 2-0 lead, on two free throws by Jeffery Simpson (seven points, seven rebounds).
However, that’s when Shawnee shifted to another gear.
The Indians pushed out to a 21-11 lead by the end of the first quarter. Brady Wheeler’s 3-pointer jump-started Shawnee’s first-quarter spurt. Wheeler ended the night with eight points, including two 3-pointers.
Mangas started to heat up in the first eight minutes of action. Mangas scored seven first-quarter points.
By the 3:16 mark of the second quarter, Shawnee had extended its lead to 16, 30-14, a fast-break layup by Mangas.
The Indians kept pushing the pace.
Shawnee went into the halftime break with a 38-23 lead.
Mangas poured in 19 first-half points. He also came away with eight rebounds, as the Indians controlled the boards in the first half, 28-9.
For the game, Shawnee dominated the boards, 50-22.
Shawnee was 14 of 33 shooting from the field in the first half for 42 percent. Perry, on the other hand, was 9 of 27 from the floor for 33 percent.
Shawnee pulled away in the third quarter.
Bertke nailed three bombs behind the 3-point line, and Elwer connected deep twice to help push the Indians to a commanding 61-31 lead by the third stop.
Shawnee connected five times behind the arc in the third period.
Mangas said the game plan was to come out aggressive at the start, and to make a statement right away.
“It meant a lot, because obviously, we don’t want to play from behind. That was our big thing, going in – to get the momentum right away and let them know that we’re here,” said Mangas.
For the game, Shawnee shot 44 percent from the field. Perry shot 35 percent from the floor.
On the night, Perry committed 12 turnovers. Shawnee turned it over 14 times.
Triplett felt like Elwer’s presence was a big key to his team’s success on Tuesday.
“I think because of Tyson Elwer beneath the basket, our wings can be even more aggressive and challenge the ballhandlers, and challenge their guys on the perimeter,” Triplett said. “I just thought it was a great defensive effort. I was really pleased with their all-around effort, tonight.”