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PJP Routs UP in PAC-10 Opener
Written by Jake Hallman Staff Writer

Upper Perk's Ryan Kendra puts the ball up over a pair of Pope John Paul II defenders for a basket in the PAC-10 home opener Tuesday night for the Tribe. 

        Upper Perk's boys basketball team had high hopes heading into Tuesday night's Pioneer Athletic Conference opener against visiting Pope John Paul II.

        The game represented a measuring stick for the Indians to see just exactly where it stood against a similarly match opponent. PJP, who lost four starters to graduation from last year's 4-9 season that included a trip to the District 1-AAA postseason, had some early success to the 2015 season with a 2-0 record and the tournament title from the Devon Prep Tip-Off Tournament.

        Upper Perk, meanwhile, returns the bulk of its squad from last season's 2-20 overall record, with a year of varsity experience under the belts of its younger players.

        As it turned out, Upper Perk got its share of chances, but couldn't overcome its 17 percent shooting from the field as it had to settle for a 53-29 loss.

        The Indians did have its share of bright spots in the setback, namely in the play of Liam Boyle. The sophomore guard did an admirable job in shutting down PJP senior guard Richard Dunham for the better part of the half, and got the job done offensively as well as he knocked down four three-pointers to finish with 12 points.

        Ryan Kendra, who has led Upper Perk in scoring in each of its three games, led the Indians with 13 points as sophomore Tyler Keyser added a three late in the contest and Dylan Croissette chipped in with a free throw to account for all of the scoring.

        Upper Perk trailed 15-5 after the first quarter, 29-15 at the half, and then was blanked by the Panthers 18-0 in the third quarter to fall behind, 47-15, heading into the final quarter.

        Upper Perk opened its season with a pair of losses at the Southern Lehigh Tip-Off Tournament this past weekend. The Indians opened with a 73-39 setback to the host Spartans Friday night. In that game, Upper Perk actually led at the midway point of the first quarter, 4-2, before Southern Lehigh ran off 20 unanswered point to close out the first quarter and the opening minutes of the second frame.

        A free-throw from Ryan Sitko broke up the run, and Kendra hit a 10-footer to help out. Sitko added six points in the second quarter and Sitko cashed in on one of his two three-pointers, but the Tribe still trailed, 45-15 at halftime. Kendra led the Indians with 12 points as Sitko added nine, Zeke Hallman tallied seven and Boyle chipped in with six. Christian Zera and Kendra both finished with six rebounds, as Hallman and Boyle had five apiece.

        In the consolation game of the tournament, Upper Perk fell, 69-51, to Harriton on Saturday afternoon. Upper Perk again took an early, first-quarter lead but couldn't hold on from there as the Rams took control of the scoreboard the rest of the way. To its credit, the Indians did reel off a nine-point run in the middle of the second quarter to trail, 33-31, at half. A layup by Kendra in the third quarter tied up the game, 35-35, with 6:30 left, but that marked the high-water mark for the Tribe as Harriton outscored Upper Perk 34-16 in the final nine minutes and 30 seconds.

        Kendra led Upper Perk with 21 points against the Rams, as Sitko pumped in 14, including a trio of three-pointers. Hallman led the team with nine rebounds, Zera pulled down six to go along with his seven points, and Croissette had five boards.

        While off to a slow start, Upper Perk will look to rebound at home tonight against Brandywine Heights, and on the road Friday night at Pottstown. Last season, Upper Perk just came up short against the Bullets, 75-61, in a hotly contested game. Pottstown also promises to be a battle as the Trojans have lost three starters from last season and have very few players this season with varsity experience.






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