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Arcidiacono's Outburst Leads Perkiomen School
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-12-06

            Perkiomen School ran a play for Chris Arcidiacono early in the third quarter Saturday. He caught a pass from Tautyvdas Kupstas from the right wing and drilled

Perkiomen's Keeshawn Kellman fights for the ball dur-

Saturday's game with Springside Chestnut Hull at Perk-

iomen School.  Kellman scored 17 points in the game.

a 3-point shot.

            Arcidiacono, a 6-foot-4 combination guard, said he could feel an offensive run coming. He then reeled off 14 straight points to help the Panthers turn a competitive non-league game into a blowout win.

            "I don't have to do a whole lot of coaching when that happens," head coach Thomas Baudinet said.

            In a 68-48 victory over Springside Chestnut Hill, the post-grad from Neshaminy High School scored a game-high 24 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out five assists.

            Keeshawn Kellman, who has committed to continue his playing career at Princeton University, contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for Perkiomen School (5-1), which opened the season with five straight victories and extended its home winning streak to 27 games.

            Arcidiacono's third quarter outburst allowed the team to extend a 33-19 halftime lead in its season opener to a 47-26 advantage. He drilled two 3-pointers from the right wing, one from the left wing, hit two free throws after getting fouled on a 3-pont attempt and delivered a three-point play on a drive to the basket.

            "Chris is a dynamic player," Baudinet said of Arcidiacono, a 1,000-point scorer who led the Redskins to the third round of the PIAA Class 6A playoffs last season. "We've been waiting for him to have a spurt like that."

            The player – who rejected multiple scholarships offers from mid-major programs, including Rider, Eastern Kentucky, Quinnipiac and Mount St. Mary's – chose to enroll at the Pennsburg school for an additional year of maturity and to improve his game with the goal of earning an offer from a power conference school. Arcidiacono said he chose Perkiomen School to play for Baudinet, citing in part the coach's demanding style.

            "He's getting hard coaching on a daily basis, which is allowing him to mature and improve all areas of his game," Baudinet said.

            According to the coach, Arcidiacono needs to get tougher on defense and learn to fit in with exceptional athletes, like the players in the nation's top conferences. Arcidiacono, who claims that playing for Baudinet has forced him to tend to his individual game, said he needs to become mentally tougher and improve his ball handling skills to receive the offer he seeks.

            Against the Springside Chestnut Hill, the Panthers jumped to a 14-8 lead midway through the first quarter on Arcidiacono's 3-pointer. They led 20-12 late in the first on a 3-pointer by Kupstas.

            The Blue Devils pulled within 20-15 at the end of the quarter. However, Perkiomen School posted a 13-4 scoring advantage in the second quarter. Niels Lane's layup capped the first-half scoring and staked the team to a 14-point advantage.

            Perkiomen School suffered its first defeat of the season Tuesday. Kellman scored a team-high 12 points in a 59-42 road loss to Haverford School. Niels Lane and Arcidiacono each contributed nine points.

            On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Panthers defeated Pennington School 64-51. Kupstas scored a team-high 21 points, including five three pointers.

Keeshawn Kellman scored eight of his 17 points in third quarter to help Perkiomen School extend a 31-25 halftime.

            "This team is still a work in progress," Baudinet said after the win over Springside Chestnut Hill. "We've made some really good strides since the end of October in all aspects. Our main weakness is that we have spurts where we lose focus. Right now, we're doing enough to beat the teams in front of us. But to be one of the top programs in the country, you've got play focused for 32 minutes. If we can do that, this team will be tremendous."


 

 

 

 

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