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Kendra Reaches 1,000-point Plateau
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2017-12-23

      As a seventh grader, Ryan Kendra displayed the athleticism, speed and vision necessary to get to the basket, according to Upper Perkiomen head coach Jared

Krupp. During those years playing middle school basketball, Kendra set the goal of scoring 1,000 career high school points.

      "Even then, I knew Ryan had it in him to pull that off," said Krupp, who coached Kendra on the seventh grade team.

      On Thursday, December 14 Kendra became the fourth male player – and ninth overall –  in the history of Upper Perkiomen High School to achieve that milestone during a 65-60 victory over Brandywine Heights.

      Earning a space on the banner of 1,000-point career scorers, which hangs above the entrance to the team's locker room, has motivated him over the years.  "It couldn't have happened to a nicer kid," Krupp said.

      The 6-foot-4 senior swingman hit his initial four shots from the field against the visiting Bullets. Kendra, who finished with 18 points, reached the milestone early in the second quarter.

      After he converted a 3-point shot from the left wing with 5 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the quarter, Krupp called time. Kendra received congratulations from his teammates, received the game ball and posed for a photo with his family.  "This is a big deal to me," Kendra said.

      Krupp called the accomplishment evidence that his program is developing talent. Liam Boyle, a senior point guard, said the players wanted their teammate to reach the goal as quickly as possible.  "What Ryan did was awesome," Boyle said. "We all wanted it to happen, and we wanted it to happen at home. He boosted our energy."

      Kendra said his desire to reach the scoring milestone grew while his was in middle school after meeting Clayton Holmes, a 2008 graduate who finished with 1,028 points, during an open gym.

      According to Boyle, the Indians (4-1) will do their best to help their teammate move up the list. Boyle said he thinks Kendra can make a run at the boys record, set by 1986 graduate Carl Clevenstine (1,232).  "If Ryan can get there, it means we are making a deep post-season run," Boyle said.

      Though the drama subsided after the achievement, as Upper Perkiomen extended its lead to 30-13 late in the second quarter, it resurfaced early in the fourth quarter. Brandywine Heights rallied from a 47-39 deficit to force a 50-50 tie with 3:50 remaining on a put back by Alex Flicker. 

      However, Boyle rallied the Indians to their third consecutive victory. On the ensuing possession, he converted a 3-pointer from the right wing to put them ahead for good.  The 5-foot-10 senior scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter despite playing the final 10 minutes with four fouls.  "Liam took the game over in the fourth quarter," Krupp said. "He showed a lot of confidence. He wants the ball (in a tie game)."

      Though the details of his fourth-quarter efforts, his team's shooting woes in the middle quarters and the final score will fade, only Kendra's accomplishment's will remain, according to Boyle.  "This is Ryan's night," Boyle said.

      On Tuesday, Kendra led the Tribe to a 71-56 road victory over Upper Merion. Kendra scored a team-high 21 points in the team's Pioneer Athletic Conference opener.

      Boyer delivered 18 points on two 3-pointers in the team's fourth straight victory. Will Walker added 11 points. for Upper Perkiomen, which trailed 17-15 after the first quarter and scored 25 points in the  fourth quarter to pull away.

            Last week's conference game at Phoenixville, postponed due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. on December 22.


 

 

 

 

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