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Tribe Basketball Determined to "Stay Woke"
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Stay woke. That's the rallying cry for the Upper Perkiomen boys basketball team.

            In order to accomplish its goals of qualifying for the Pioneer Athletic Conference playoffs and earning a home game for the district playoffs, the team must

make sure it avoids losses to inferior opponents, according to senior Ryan Kendra.

            "We're projected to be pretty good," he said. "So we don't want to sleep on anyone and lose games we are supposed to win."

            With four returning starters, the Indians are determined to continue their resurgence. Last season, they posted a winning record for the first time in seven seasons and qualified for the District One Class 5A Tournament.  "Last year we stuck with almost every opponent," Kendra said. "This year, we expect to win the close games."

            On the practice floor, the offense moves the ball with ease, according to head coach Jared Krupp. He said the defense has made significant strides.  "The chemistry we have is incredible," the coach said. 

            The backcourt of Kendra and classmate Liam Boyle will continue to dictate the Tribe's offensive flow. At its best, the unit as looks to spread the floor, according to Krupp.

During the summer, Boyle added an outside perimeter game while dedicating himself to developing his offensive game away from the ball. However, he's still a pass-first guard, according to the coach.  "Liam is such a smart point guard," the Krupp said.

            Kendra is more athletic, quicker, and has better vision than last year. The shooting guard, who had added height to vertical leap, is dunking with two hands. Kendra says his 3-point shot has improved, as well.   "I put a lot of time in on my game over the summer," said Kendra, who has committed to play at York College.

            Kendra described Will Walker and Jon Brown, Upper Perkiomen's two returning post players. Walker, a 6-foot-8 senior who played a lot of AAU basketball over the summer, has improved his mid-range shooting touch and added a 3-point shot, according to Krupp.

The coach described Brown, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, as a quality ball handler and a relentless rebounder.  "Jon can do a little bit of everything," Krupp said.

            Tyler Whary, a senior forward, can guard bigger post players or smaller post players, according to the coach. He also said seniors Bo Duka and Tyler Keyser, along with sophomore Sean Boyle, should also get significant minutes.

            The Indians open their season against North Penn in the Upper Moreland Tip-Off Tournament on December 8. The coach said his players are ready for the challenge.

            "The guys are looking to forward to getting off to a good start," Krupp said. "They are motivated to take on a school the size of North Penn."





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