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Methacton's Shooting Beats Upper Perkiomen
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Methacton's first-quarter shooting performance left Brett Miller speechless.

Riley Decker goes in for a layup against Methacton in 

the 83-54 loss on Thursday.

The Upper Perkiomen guard struggled to find the right words to describe the dominance.  "I've never seen anything like that," Miller said.

            In an 83-54 loss on Thursday, Dec. 20, the Indians never had a chance to prevent an early 23-point deficit. They played solid defense and challenged the opposing shooters.

            The visiting Warriors opened the game by hitting nearly every shot from the field. David Duda scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the initial seven minutes during a 30-7 run. They missed just four shots during the initial eight minutes, and ended the quarter with a 35-13 lead.

            Duda delivered seven of his team's 13 3-point baskets for Methacton. Eric Timko added 21 points and Jeff Woodward, a 6-foot-10 junior center,  posted 15 points and 14 rebounds for the defending Pioneer Athletic Conference champions in an inter divisional game.

            Riley Decker finished with a team-high 11 points, four blocks and three rebounds for Upper Perkiomen which got no closer than 19 points the rest of the game. Miller and Tyrese Reid and Brett Miller each finished with 10 points.

            Head coach Jared Krupp expressed no complaints about his team's performance. He said competing against a team of Methacton's caliber can only help the Indians improve.  "They really shot the lights out," said Krupp, adding that the Warriors can provide a blueprint for the proper way to shoot from the floor and run transition offense.

            Initially, the Indians fronted Duda, a standout senior, outside the 3-point arch. However, his initial two shots went in.  "We had a hand in his face," Krupp said. "But it didn't matter."

            The scoring deluge followed. A two-point basket by Duda from the left wing with three minutes remaining in the quarter put Methacton ahead 21-3.

            "They did a great job pushing the ball on the fast break," Miller said of the Warriors. "And they can shoot."

            Despite the first quarter frustration, the Indians never got discouraged, according to Miller. He said they worked hard to keep up with Methacton's pace.

            "We pushed the ball and got some open shots," he said. "I don't think we had as many turnovers as usual."

            According to Krupp, Miller has displayed the immediacy of a senior whose basketball career is dwindling. The coach said the point guard has the ability to score and set up his teammates.

            "I'm motivated to try and help this team win," Miller said. "Right now, success would be competing on a more regular basis. That first win is going to be very important."

            On Saturday, Dec. 22, Riley scored a team-high 11 points in a 58-49 loss to Boyertown. Jake Plessl posted 10 points and Brody Case added 9 for the Indians, who trailed 16-5 after the first quarter.






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