On Saturday, two of the region’s top teams hit the hardwood as the Buckhorn Wildcats played host to the Perry County Central Commodores. The game proved to be worth the hype as both teams pushed the tempo to a staggering level.
Both teams came out of the gate fast, pushing the tempo to force the other into mistakes. At the horn, it would be Buckhorn with the early lead 16-15.
In the second period, the Commodores would clamp down on the defensive end, limiting the Wildcats’ looks at the basket. On the other end, Perry Central would outscore Buckhorn by double-digits, sending them to the locker room with the 32-23 advantage.
Buckhorn came out of the break strong (the third period always seems to be the Wildcats best), and began to chip away at the Perry Central lead. The Commodores were able to adjust to the new tempo, and went into the final period with most of their lead still in tack (50-42).
The Wildcats made several strong rallies in the fourth quarter, but each would be met by a counter attack by the Commodores. Perry Central went on to win the game by the final count of 67-60.
Perry Central was led in scoring by Matt Turner who had 19 points on the night, while Buckhorn’s Connor Hoskins led all scorers with 23 points.
Perry Central (67) James Blair 11 (6 assists, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks), Matt Turner 19 (4 assists, 1 steal, and 2 rebounds), Travis Dunn 17 (4 assists, 1 steal and 1 rebound), Noah Back 16 (1 assist, 2 steals and 3 rebounds), Austin Hill 1 (4 rebounds and 1 block) and Chandler Caudill 4 (1 assist, 1 steal and 1 rebound).
Buckhorn (60) Connor Hoskins 23 (3 rebounds), Ryan Boggs 19 (9 rebounds), Daniel Hurley 8 (4 rebounds), Josh Crank 6 (2 steals) and Shannon Blank 4 (3 assists).
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.