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Panthers Rely on Depth, Athleticism to Beat Phelps
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-02-02

            After a slow start Sunday, Perkiomen School relied on its depth and athleticism to roll to victory in the PA Cup. The team had five scorers in double figures in a 92-76 home victory over Phelps School.

            "When we get defensive stops and score in transition, we can really blitz the

Robert Rosenberger, a junior from Quakertown, dribbles tow-

ards the basket for Perkiomen School on Sunday.

opposition," head coach Thomas Baudinet said.

            Preist Ryan, a 6-foot-6 wing player from western Pennsylvania, delivered a team-high 20 points off the bench. Daouda Dembele, a 6-foot-6 senior from Silver Springs, Md., contributed 16 points for the Panthers (17-5), who improved to 2-0 in the four-team, three-day tournament against the top programs in the Commonwealth.

            Perkiomen School – which was scheduled to conclude the round-robin tournament Wednesday against Westtown School – appears to be peaking at the right time, according to Robert Rosenberger, a 6-foot-5 junior from Quakertown. He said the team's offensive balance is a key strength as it prepares for the Great Athletic Conference Tournament and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association later thismonth.

            "Every night it seems like we have a different leading scorer," Rosenberger said.

            Ryan and Ibrahima Bayu, who registered 13 points off the bench, played a pivotal role in the flurry that allowed Perkiomen School to rally from a 29-17 deficit midway through the first half.

            Ryan scored six consecutive points to force a 35-35 tie with 6:15 remaining in the first half. Bayu – a 6-foot-7 post player from the Netherlands – added three consecutive baskets, including a dunk, to highlight a 33-7 run. Ryan Dunn's layup staked the Panthers to a 50-37 halftime advantage.

            Six straight points by Ryan capped a 10-2 run for the Panthers. His three-point play, on a follow of a missed layup, opened a 75-60 lead with 9:33 remaining.

            Samuel Pohlman and Xaivian Lee, a pair of seniors, each finished with 10 points for Perkiomen School, which finished with just two 3-point goals. The visiting Lions got no closer than seven points in the second half.

            "When we are hitting our shots, we are very tough to beat," the coach said.

            A solid defensive effort triggered the effort, according to Baudinet. He said the players did a very good job taking away the easy shots.  "Our defense was really locked in," Rosenberger said.

            The coach lauded his team's defensive effort against the Phelps School, who scored 101 and 124 points, respectively, in two previous games. Baudinet,who utilized all 11 of his players on his bench, described the opposition as the top shooting team the Panthers have faced this season.

            Two days earlier, the visiting Panthers defeated The Hill School 85-57 in the opening round of the PA Cup. Ryan delivered a game-high 22 points.

            Dembele delivered 15 points for Perkiomen School, which had five players reach double figures. Lee and Thomas Haugh each posted 12 points, while Dunn added 11 off the bench.

            Though Rosenberger came off the bench against Phelps School and delivered just four points, he has provided meaningful minutes this season for the Panthers, according to Baudinet. The coach said the player is considered the team's "sixth starter."

            Baudinet described Rosenberger, who has started almost half the team's games, as one of the team's top 3-point shooters. The coach also characterized versatility and unselfishness as one of his main strengths.

            "Bobby is very good at driving to the basket and kicking the ball to an outside shooter, which means he gets a lot of assists. He does a little bit of everything, whatever we need to win."


 

 

 

 

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