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Tribe Basketball Dominates Oley Valley
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Writer
2016-12-14

Upper Perk's Nolan Graber takes aim for a shot Tuesday night in the Indians' home opener against Oley Valley.

                During the last three seasons, Jared Krupp worked to build the foundation for the Upper Perkiomen boys basketball team.

                On Tuesday, Krupp said he's starting to see the outlines of a house spring up following a 64-45 non-league victory over visiting Oley Valley. The lopsided win against the Berks County opponent came on the heels of a loss three days earlier in the Upper Moreland Tip-Off Tournament.

                Ryan Kendra scored a game-high 20 points in the game, and freshman Sean Boyle contributed 14 points for the Indians (2-1). Nolan Graber delivered 11 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, while Will Walker –  a 6-foot-7 junior post player – finished with eight points and nine boards for Upper Perkiomen.

                The Indians climbed above .500 after three games for the first time in Krupp's four-year tenure as head coach.

                According to Krupp, the instincts, talent and hard work of the players developed over the last three years are beginning to bear fruit. 

                "It's all starting to fall into place," said the coach, whose team has won four of its last five games, dating back to last year. "It's fun because the kids are working hard. They are ready to play, ready to battle and execute our plan."

                Against Oley Valley, the Indians opened the game with a 13-0 run. Kendra and Walker sparked the early surge. The duo accounted for all their team's points in the first quarter, which ended in an 18-2 lead.

                Kendra scored 12 points and registered two steals and an assist in the initial eight minutes. Walker contributed six points and seven rebounds, including three at the offensive end.

                In the second quarter, Graber and Boyle helped stretch Upper Perkiomen's advantage. Graber, a 6-foot-5 senior center, registered six points and three rebounds, while Boyle posted the team's final eight points of the quarter to open a 34-13 halftime advantage.

                The lead grew to 52-22 on a basket by Liam Boyle late in the third quarter. 

                "I love watching the team work together and succeed," said Kendra, a 6-foot-3 junior. "We've put a lot of work in. It's really paying off."

                According to Krupp, the Indians executed their game plan of running the floor, cleaning up on the glass against their smaller opponents.

                Walker and Graber did most of that work. Walker collected eight rebounds, including four offensive boards, in the first quarter. Graber pulled down four boards in the early going.

                "Those guys really showed some intensity," the coach said. "Rebounding is about want to and hustle."

                Krupp said Walker and Graber took that part of the game seriously, following a disappointing rebounding performance in a 64-42 loss to North Penn on Dec. 10. Upper Perkiomen couldn't overcome a sluggish first quarter. The team managed just three points in the initial eight minutes, and started the second quarter trailing 18-3.

                Boyle, who made five 3-pointers, finished with a game-high 19 points for the Indians, who trailed 33-13 at halftime. Kendra added 10 points.

                The night before, the Indians utilized a strong third quarter to post a 46-43 season-opening victory over the host Bears. Boyle scored a team-high 17 points and converted five 3-pointers, and Kendra added 15 points for Upper Perkiomen, which extended its 20-17 halftime lead to 31-22 at the end of the quarter. Walker added 10 points for the team, which hung on down the stretch for the victory.

                The team will travel to Brandywine Heights on Thursday before opening its Pioneer Athletic Conference schedule at home on Friday against Phoenixville.

                "We're going to be a threat in the Pioneer Athletic Conference," Kendra said.


 

 

 

 

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