Perry holds off Harlan in finals


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Damon Tobler picks up an assist during the championship game of the WYMT. Tobler had 17 points in the title game and was name tournament MVP.


Perry Central’s Noah Back drains a “3” during the title game of the WYMT Classic. Back had 8 points and was named to the all-tourney team.


Perry Central’s James Blair drives the lane on the Harlan County defense. Blair scored 13 points in the championship and was given the 110% award.


Perry Central’s Travis Dunn hit three key free throws down the stretch to ice the title for the Commodores.


Perry Central’s cheerleaders won the in-game competition at the WYMT tournament.


The 2016 WYMT Champions, the Perry County Central Commodores. It was the Commodores 6th banner in the tournament.


On Saturday, the Perry County Central Commodores went for their sixth WYMT title. Their opponent would be the Harlan County Black Bears.

Both teams came out a little tight in the first period, and for the most part, scoring was at a premium. However, by the end of the frame, both teams were beginning to find their range. Harlan held the first lead at 13-12.

The pace continued to grow in the second period, and Perry Central soon took control of the tempo. Going into the locker room, the Commodores held the 28-27 lead.

The Commodores dictated the pace in the third quarter with their defense. The Bears had trouble getting into rhythm as Perry Central kept them out of the paint. At the end of the third period they held the 39-35 lead.

Perry Central pushed the lead to double-digits early in the period, but Harlan County found a way to break the Commodore pressure and began to cut into the lead. With time running out in the game, the Bears were forced to put Perry Central on the line. The Commodores were able to make good from the line and preserved the 53-47 win.

Perry Central (53) Travis Dunn 6 (2 assists, 1 steal and 3 rebounds), Matt Turner 7 (1 assist and 2 rebounds), Damon Tobler 17 (4 assists, 2 steals, 11 rebounds and 1 block), James Blair 13 (2 assists, 1 steal, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks), Noah Back 8 (1 assist, 2 steals and 1 rebound) and Austin Hill 2 (2 steals, 2 rebounds and 1 block).

Harlan Co. (47) Carmichal 17, Spurlock 6, Nolan 12, Simmons 4, Turner 6 and Burkhart 2.

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

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Damon Tobler picks up an assist during the championship game of the WYMT. Tobler had 17 points in the title game and was name tournament MVP.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0065.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Damon Tobler picks up an assist during the championship game of the WYMT. Tobler had 17 points in the title game and was name tournament MVP.

Perry Central’s Noah Back drains a “3” during the title game of the WYMT Classic. Back had 8 points and was named to the all-tourney team.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0232.jpgPerry Central’s Noah Back drains a “3” during the title game of the WYMT Classic. Back had 8 points and was named to the all-tourney team.

Perry Central’s James Blair drives the lane on the Harlan County defense. Blair scored 13 points in the championship and was given the 110% award.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0266.jpgPerry Central’s James Blair drives the lane on the Harlan County defense. Blair scored 13 points in the championship and was given the 110% award.

Perry Central’s Travis Dunn hit three key free throws down the stretch to ice the title for the Commodores.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0432.jpgPerry Central’s Travis Dunn hit three key free throws down the stretch to ice the title for the Commodores.

Perry Central’s cheerleaders won the in-game competition at the WYMT tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0511.jpgPerry Central’s cheerleaders won the in-game competition at the WYMT tournament.

The 2016 WYMT Champions, the Perry County Central Commodores. It was the Commodores 6th banner in the tournament.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0538.jpgThe 2016 WYMT Champions, the Perry County Central Commodores. It was the Commodores 6th banner in the tournament.

By Tony McGuire

cpsports@gmail.com

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