Perkins beats SMCC, still perfect
May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM
The blue-collar work of senior Tony Haerr, coupled with the smooth play of sophomore Brandon Smith, keyed a 66-51 Perkins win Friday over rival St. Mary Central Catholic at "The Den."
Haerr produced 10 points and snapped off six rebounds in the opening quarter to spark the Pirates to a 17-5 lead and the Panthers were unable to overcome a slow start (2 of 12 from the field), though SMCC battled back with a strong second-period 23-point outburst to cut the deficit to five (33-28) at the break.
Haaer finished the night with 22 points (16 in the first half) and claimed 11 boards as the Pirates dominated that area, 36-16. Smith had another strong performance with 21 points -- 10 in the first half and 11 more in the second half -- to go with eight boards.
The unbeaten Pirates (3-0) were consistent in the shooting department on the way to 33 points each half. They were 12 of 22 from the floor before intermission, then nine of 21 in the last two quarters.
Meanwhile, SMCC rebounded for that horrendous start with an 8-for-11 effort in the second period, but managed just 7 of 24 in the second half, and went seven minutes without a field goal.
"Tony and Brandon gave us a solid 1-2 punch tonight. Tony had a great first half. He was focused and ready to play, and that was big," Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. "Brandon played really well in the second half and was the key for us to blow it open a bit with the first seven points of the last quarter."
Perkins went from 46-39 after three to 54-39 with exactly four minutes remaining.
The Panthers had just five turnovers for the game, but two came 27 seconds apart early in the fourth period, and Smith promptly turned that into five quick points. SMCC did not score a bucket until the two-minute mark of the last quarter. By then Perkins had an 18-point margin, 59-41.
"We never got into a rhythm in that second quarter, but were able to control the second half, make some shots and had some people off the bench give us some quality minutes," McVeigh said.
Perkins comes right back tonight to take on Sandusky on the road.
As for the Panthers, coach Lyle Falknor was pleased with the effort.
"I thought we handled the ball well tonight and also took it to the basket, especially in the first three quarters. I also felt we were a lot more physical than in the opening game (against Tiffin Calvert). The effort was good, but we still have to get better and build on the effort," Falknor said. "We come back (tonight) against Danbury here and I hope we continue that improvement."
Freshman Denarius Harris paced the Panthers in scoring with 15 points and was the lone player in double figures. In the rebounding department, Ethan Sennish had seven boards and the same number of points.
Perkins won the JV contest, 44-28, with 11 players in the scoring column, paced by Cameron Waldock with nine and Trevor Raymore with seven. For SMCC, freshmen Caleb Severance scored 10 points and Clay Parish six.