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Tribe Eliminated from District One Playoffs
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            A slow start by Upper Perkiomen's boys basketball team Tuesday night couldn't squash the team's will. Despite an 11-point deficit at the end of the first quarter, the

team forced a tie against West Chester Rustin in the opening round of the District One Class 5A playoffs.

            The visiting Indians pulled within four points early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't prevent a season-ending 63-44 loss.

            "This sucks," point guard Liam Boyle said. "I didn't want the season to end like that."

            Boyle finished with a game-high 19 points for the Tribe, the tournament's No. 10 seed. Ryan Kendra contributed 15 points.

            Jake Nelson, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, scored a team high 16 points for the No. 7 seeded Golden Knights. Bryce Pew, a sophomore guard added nine points.

            Six West Chester Rustin players scored at last six points. Eight of the team's participants contributed offensively.  "Their role players really stepped up," said Jared Krupp, Upper Perkiomen's head coach.

            Krupp said his team also struggled to contain the Knights' top two post players, Nelson and Tajir Asparagus, a 6-foot-4 junior forward. The coach called both players, with differing styles, difficult to defend.  "They really cleaned up on the offensive boards," Krupp said.

            Like its Pioneer Athletic Conference playoff loss, the Tribe fell behind early against the Knights. The team trailed 15-4 after one quarter.

            Unlike their 65-53 loss to Methacton on Feb. 9, the Indians (15-9) rallied in the district playoffs to a 30-30 tie early in the third quarter. Boyle scored 14 points on four 3-pointers in the second quarter to get them within 29-22 at halftime.

            An 8-2 run to open the second half pulled Upper Perkiomen even. Kendra's 10-foot jumper from the left baseline capped the burst.

            However, West Chester Rustin responded with eight straight points. Bryce Barrouk and Nelson drained 3-point shots during the run. Dylan DeMarco's put-back staked the team to a 38-30 lead midway through the third.

            Down 44-36 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Tribe mounted a final flurry. Two foul shots by Boyle with 5:15 remaining got his team within 47-43.

            However, the team converted just one free throw the rest of the game. Meanwhile, the Knights reeled off 16 points to secure a second-round matchup Saturday against either Bishop Shanahan or West Chester East.

            "Rustin's defense smothered our shooters," Boyle said. "They never allowed our offense to get into a rhythm. And their offense hit some big shots down the stretch."

            The loss ended the high school basketball careers of six seniors, including Kendra, Boyle, Bo Duka, Will Walker, Tyler Keyser and Jon Brown. Krupp described the group as integral to the revival of the program.

            "They've allowed us to get out of the basement," the coach said. "We've known they are a special group since seventh grade."

            Krupp made special mention of Kendra and Boyle. He said both have become part of Upper Perkiomen's basketball lore. Kendra ends his career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,416 points.

Boyle – who set the school's single game scoring record when he posted 47 points in a 90-54 victory over Pottstown on Friday, Feb. 2 – finished with 835 points, which places him the top 10 list for male basketball players.






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