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Upper Perkiomen Boys Continue to Roll
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Team Captures Holiday Tournament Title, Extends Winning Streak to Nine Games


            Within a few possessions of Upper Perkiomen's opening round game at the 54th

annual Tiger Classic Tournament, Liam Boyle decided to focus to facilitating his team's offense. In the title game, the senior guard scored nine quick points to help the team take a quick 11-point lead.

            Last week, Boyle and Ryan Kendra led Indians to a pair of dominant victories and the tournament title at Fleetwood High School on Dec. 28-29. Kendra, who averaged 25.5 points in consecutive wins over Pequea Valley (73-36) and the host Tigers (55-43), earned MVP honors. Both were named to the all-tournament team.

In the title game against Fleetwood, Boyle's early shooting flurry helped the Tribe build a commanding 19-4 lead after one quarter. Kendra scored a career-high 30 points to help the team post its eighth consecutive victory.

            On Tuesday night, Upper Perkiomen posted its ninth straight win, 58-49, over Pope John Paul II in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            "We're thrilled to be where we are," head coach Jared Krupp said. "Our confidence is really high, and we are enjoying all the success."

            According to the coach, his seven seniors – including Will Walker, Jon Brown, Tyler Keyser Tyler Whary and Bo Duka – played the best basketball of their collective careers during the tournament.

"I knew that they could be this good," Krupp said Sunday morning. "I saw this potential in them as freshmen and sophomores. It's cool to see this coming to fruition."

            According to Boyle, two hard-fought victories over conference opponents Pottsgrove and Phoenixville had the players brimming with confidence. The good feeling helped carry the Indians (9-1 overall, 4-0 PAC) during the tournament between Christmas and New Year's Day.

            "We're having a lot of fun," Boyle said.

            Early in the team's 37-point victory over Pequea Valley, located in eastern Lancaster County, Boyle determined his top offensive priority should be to set up his teammates.

            "From the start, I saw that we could get some easy baskets without forcing shots," he said.

Kendra finished with a game-high 21 points. Sean Boyle and Will Walker contributed 10 points, while Keyser and Brody Case each registered eight points for the Indians, who extended a 38-19 halftime lead with a 13-point advantage in the third quarter.

            "The offense came pretty easy," said Liam Boyle, who scored only two points but dished out eight assists. "We executed very well. I don't think anybody forced any shots."

            In the title game, he took a different approach hitting three straight 3-pointers to help Upper Perkiomen just to an 11-0 lead. As Liam Boyle's shot cooled, Kendra -- a 6-foot-4 swing man -- took over.

            "Ryan couldn't miss," said Liam Boyle, who posted 17 points against the host the Tigers. "He was hitting from all over the floor. Fleetwood couldn't guard him. He was blowing by defenders."

On Tuesday, Liam Boyle led the team with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in a road win over the Panthers. Kendra contributed 15 for the Indians, who extended a six-point lead at the end of the third quarter with a 12-1 flurry in the fourth quarter.

            According to Liam Boyle, the goal is to win the Frontier Division and clinch a first round bye in the confererence playoffs. He said the Tribe needs to win every game against its division opponents to achieve it.

The players remain humble and hungry, according to Krupp.

            "At this point, we have a target on our backs," he said. "We have to bring our best effort every day."






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