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Boyle Sets School Scoring Record in Win Over Pottstown
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-02-08

            As Liam Boyle moved closer to the individual game school scoring record Friday night, he continued to putting up shots. As the clock wound down, Boyle's teammates kept feeding him the ball.  "Everything was going in," he said. "I couldn't miss."

           Boyle delivered a record-setting performance to help lead Upper Perkiomen to a 90-54 victory over Pottstown on Friday, Feb. 2. His 47-point performance set the school record for most points scored in one game. The senior guard scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to eclipse the mark of 42 points previously set by Jason Brown, a 2001 graduate.

           Boyle, who said he missed nearly all his shots in pre-game warmups, accounted for half of his team's 32 field goals. He drained seven 3-pointers and converted 8-of-10 free throws.  "Liam finds ways to get buckets," head coach Jared Krupp said. 

           Ryan Kendra added 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Will Walker chipped in with 11 points for the Frontier Division champion Indians (15-7 overall), who return to Strom Gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Friday for the Pioneer Athletic Conference playoffs to take on Methacton. The winner will advance to Tuesday's conference title game.

           The Tribe is ready for the postseason, according to Krupp. Boyle believes the team can win the Final 6 Tournament title.  "I think we can take it," he said. "This is a great way to head into the playoffs. I'm sure everyone is going to take us seriously after this performance."

           On Monday, the team ended its regular season with a 63-58 non-league loss to Kutztown. However, Krupp remains optimistic that Upper Perkiomen can make a deep post-season run.
"Ultimately, if we can keep this momentum going and continue to play as a unit, I think we can maximize our success," the coach stated in a text message.

           Boyle opened his record-setting performance against Pottstown by hitting three long 3-point shots, and posted 13 points in the first quarter. Each of the field goals came within the flow of Upper Perkiomen's offense, according to Krupp.

           Though the guard's shooting acumen cooled slightly in the second quarter, Kendra and Walker helped the Indians extend a 20-17 advantage. The senior duo combined for 13 points to spark a 16-5 run to put the team ahead 36-22 late in the quarter.

            The host Trojans pulled within 50-39 late in the third quarter. However, Boyle rediscovered his shooting touch to allow Upper Perkiomen to pull away for its fourth consecutive victory.

            After Bo Duka's three-point play staked the team to a 64-43 lead with 5:51 remaining, Boyle scored 22 of his team's final 26 points. He converted five driving layups down the lane and hit three 3-pointers.

            "We're really playing well," Krupp said after the victory. "Our defense has been very good, and our offense is in a great rhythm."

           On Monday, the Tribe could not overcome a sluggish first quarter in which they scored only nine points.  Kendra finished with a team-high 13 points, while Walker and Sean Boyle each contributed 11 points.

           On Tuesday, the No. 2 seeded Indians watched the opening round of the conference playoff tournament – which included the top two finishers in each division, along with the teams with the top two remaining records – in person. They saw the third-seeded Warriors defeat Owen J. Roberts 56-34 in an opening round game. In the early game of a doubleheader at Pottstown High School, Spring-Ford, beat Phoenixville 68-54 to advance. The Rams, seeded fifth, will take on top-seeded Norristown in Friday's second game.

           Upper Perkiomen's success in the playoffs may ultimately rely on Walker and Jon Brown, the team's top low post players. Each of its potential opponents has at least one player over 6-foot-5. According to Krupp, Walker and Brown need to return to the form they showed in a Jan. 26 victory over Pottsgrove. Walker finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Brown added 13 points and 12 rebounds.

           "At this point in the season, every team knows each other so I do expect increased defensive efforts against Ryan and Liam," Krupp wrote in a separate text. "Our other guys will need to collectively fill in the offensive pieces."


 

 

 

 

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