Perry defeats Logan on final shot


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Austin Hill is attacked by the Logan defense on his way to the goal.


Perry Central’s Matt Turner pulls up in the lane for a short jumper. Turner had 18 points in the Commodores’ 55-54 win.


Perry Central’s Jacob Woolum hits a long “2” in a game with Logan, West Virginia.


Commodores James Blair changes direction in midair for a basket. Blair had 11 points in the 55-54 win over Logan.


The Perry County Central Commodores traveled to Manchester this past weekend to participate in the Bobby Keith Classic. Their opponent had a familiar face as former Perry Central Coach Allan Hatcher brought his Logan Wildcats all the way from West Virginia.

The Commodore’s defense negated a possession oriented Wildcat offense. Perry Central forced Logan into multiple turnovers in the frame, and held the 17-11 lead at the horn.

The Wildcats figured out the Commodore defense in the second period, and began to take care of the ball. Perry Central continued to have the hot hand in the period, and went into the locker room with the 30-24 advantage.

The third period was not kind to Perry Central as their offense dropped off to the lowest level of the game. On the other side of the floor, Logan began to chip away at their deficit. By the time the period ended, the Commodore advantage had shrunk to a single point (41-40).

The lead went back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the Wildcats holding the 54-53 lead with only seconds to play. Perry Central got off the shot with four seconds remaining, but missed the shot. The ball kicked hard off the rim and was pulled down by Travis Dunn. Dunn quickly drove the lane and put up a shot to give the Commodores the 55-54 win.

Perry Central finished the game without shooting a single free throw, while Logan went 7-17. The Commodores improved to 4-1 on the season with the win.

Perry Central (55) James Blair 11 (4 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound), Matt Turner 18 (2 steals and 9 rebounds), Travis Dunn 12 (3 assists, 1 steal and 1 rebound), Noah Back 6 (3 assists and 2 rebounds), Austin Hill 6 (1 steal and 1 rebound), and Jacob Woolum 2 (1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block).

Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Austin Hill is attacked by the Logan defense on his way to the goal.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_99281.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Austin Hill is attacked by the Logan defense on his way to the goal.

Perry Central’s Matt Turner pulls up in the lane for a short jumper. Turner had 18 points in the Commodores’ 55-54 win.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_99341.jpgPerry Central’s Matt Turner pulls up in the lane for a short jumper. Turner had 18 points in the Commodores’ 55-54 win.

Perry Central’s Jacob Woolum hits a long “2” in a game with Logan, West Virginia.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_99461.jpgPerry Central’s Jacob Woolum hits a long “2” in a game with Logan, West Virginia.

Commodores James Blair changes direction in midair for a basket. Blair had 11 points in the 55-54 win over Logan.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_99791.jpgCommodores James Blair changes direction in midair for a basket. Blair had 11 points in the 55-54 win over Logan.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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