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Indians Defeat Pottstown
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-01-24

Kendra becomes school's all-time scoring leader

 

            With four-tenths of a second added to the clock at the end of the third

quarter Monday night, Liam Boyle knew he only had time to attempt a lob. So Boyle, Upper Perkiomen's senior guard, positioned Jon Brown on low block and directed Ryan Kendra to the top of the key. Kendra drove down the open lane and tipped in Boyle's arching pass just before the buzzer to extend the lead over Pottstown to 10 points.

            "It was a great play," Kendra said. "Liam is an excellent point guard."

            Besides posting the pivotal basket, the Indians also converted 13-of-14 free throws down the stretch and displayed poise under pressure in a 76-71 victory in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            Kendra finished with a career-high 37 points for the Indians (11-6 overall, 5-2 Frontier Division, 5-5 PAC), who withstood a furious fourth-quarter rally by Pottstown. Kendra, who scored 20 points in the second half, became the highest scoring male player on the his school's all-time scoring list, with 1,249 points, by passing Carl Clevenstine, a 1986 graduate who scored 1,232 points.

            "Ryan played great," head coach Jared Krupp said. "He really attacked the rim. That's when Ryan is at his best."

            On Tuesday, in a 54-46 loss to Upper Merion, Kendra scored 22 points to become the school's all-time scoring champion with 1,271 points. He passed Sue Moser, a 1988 graduate who finished with 1,263 points.

Boyle finished with 15 points for the visiting Indians, who trailed 27-17 at halftime after scoring just four points in the second quarter.

Against the Trojans, Boyle delivered 15 points. Will Walker contributed 12 points before fouling out in the third quarter for Upper Perkiomen, which built a 50-34 lead midway through the second quarter. 

            Kendra's tip-in at the end of the third quarter, permitted when the officials added a fraction of a second, staked the team to a 53-43 advantage.

            However, the Trojans pulled within 71-69 on a driving layup by Donovan Towson with 15.2 seconds remaining.

            The Indians converted three of four free throws in the final 12.3 seconds to snap a two-game losing streak. They also beat Pottstown's full-court trap several times late in the fourth quarter.

            "We kept our composure," Kendra said. "We're pretty good at beating the press."

            According to Krupp, Upper Perkiomen has become skilled at defeating a full-court press.

"We're excellent in space, and we've got pretty good ball handlers," he said.

            Even as the Trojans whittled away at a 59-46 deficit, Krupp said his team never panicked.

"We can fight with any team," the coach said. "Even if we are 10 points up or 10 points down, our guys never feel like they are out of the game. The key is controlling the game and the tempo."

            Down 64-52 with 3:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, Pottstown mounted an 11-2 run. Anthony Brown's 3-pointer from the left wing got the team within 66-63 with 1:46remaining. 

Kendra hit two foul shots with 52.9 seconds left to open a 70-63 lead for Upper Perkiomen. But the Trojans kept coming, as Brown and Flody Dashiell hit two long 3-ponters. Tre Bass' driving layup with 15.2 seconds left got his team within 73-71.

            "We really dodged a bullet," Krupp said of the victory over Pottstown, which converted only 19-of-37 free throws.

            On Friday, Jan. 19, the Indians lost 49-47 to Phoenixville. Boyle scored a team-high 19 points, while Kendra added 16.


 

 

 

 

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