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Panthers Respond to Coaching Challenge
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-03-02

            Thomas Baudinet verbally challenged one of Perkiomen School's post players to be more assertive under the basket Saturday. His forceful request, delivered during the

Daouda Dembele, center, and Jacob Koretz play

defense in Perkiomen School's win over Episcopal

Academy in the state tournament.

heat of competition, was clearly audible at the scorer's table. 

            Daouda Dembele responded to the motivation during the second half against Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy. Xaivian Lee also picked up his game.

            The seniors helped lead the Panthers back to the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament for the third time under Baudinet with a 56-40 victory on Feb. 26. They will host The Hill School, seeded No. 6, at 6 p.m. Friday. The championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday at TruMark Financial Center on the campus of LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

            "We expect to be competing for a state title every year," the coach said. "We always plan on playing during the second weekend of the tournament."

            Dembele, a 6-foot-6 forward from Silver Springs, Md., crashed the boards during the final two quarters. He scored nine of his 13 points after halftime and finished with 11 rebounds.
Lee, a 6-foot-3 combination guard from Toronto, delivered 18 of his game-high 22 points in the third and fourth quarters for the No. 2 seeded Panthers (25-7) who trailed 24-22 early in the third quarter.  
"This is where we want to be," he said. "We're happy, but not satisfied."

            Lee delivered seven points early in the quarter to trigger the decisive run. His driving layup late in third staked Perkiomen to a 42-28 advantage.   "I know that whenever he is asked, Xaivian always steps up to deliver the key play," Baudinet said.

            Perkiomen School utilized its half-court defense to impose its will during the third quarter, limiting the Blue Devils to six points. Thomas Haugh, a 6-foot-9 junior from Hanover, totaled 12 points and registered four of his five blocks during the quarter.

            Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy got no closer than within 10 points during the fourth quarter. Lee registered seven in the final eight minutes, and Dembele delivered four points.

According to Lee, the Panthers were able to play with more focus after halftime.  Baudinet said they seemed to lack the necessary level of intensity in the first half.

            Additionally, Perkiomen School failed to make the most of its height advantage, even with Al Amadou, the Blue Devils' standout 6-foot-9 power forward, in foul trouble, according to the coach.

            Drew Issac and Ron Brown kept Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy in the game. Isaac scored six of his 10 points in the first quarter. Brown posted six of his 11 points in the first half. Amadou's layup early in the third quarter snapped a 22-22 tie.

            One day earlier, the Panthers rolled to an 82-18 home victory over Episcopal Academy, the No. 15 seed. Lee, who has committed to attend Princeton University in the fall, led all scorers with 16 points. Preist Ryan, a junior, contributed 14 points off the bench.

            Bobby Rosenberger, a junior from Quakertown, added 11 points for the team, which led 16-2 after one quarter and 35-7 at halftime. Sam Pohlman registered 10 points.


 

 

 

 

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