Perry Central captures 54th district title


By Tony McGuire - cpsports@gmail.com



Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald The 2016 boys’ 54th district champions, the Perry County Central Commodores.


Buckhorn’s Connor Hoskins hits a “3” in the corner to spark the Wildcats to an early lead in the 54th district title game.


Buckhorn’s Shannon Blank looks for an opening in the Perry Central defense. Blank had 6 points in the 54th district title game.


Perry Central’s James Blair hits a jumper early in the second half during the Commodores’ 56-44 win over Buckhorn in the 54th district title game.


Perry Central’s Travis Dunn protects the ball as the Commodores try to run out the clock during the 54th district title game. Dunn had 18 points in the 56-44 win.


The Championship game of the 54th district boys’ tournament came down to the Perry County Central Commodores and the Buckhorn Wildcats. The Commodores won the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season 67-60.

Buckhorn opened the game on fire, while Perry Central had to wait well past the midway point to pick up their first basket. As time began to run out in the first period, the Commodores hit a couple of “3”s to tighten the score at 16-8 in favor of the Wildcats.

The 3-pt barrage continued in the second period, and Perry Central quickly worked their way into the lead. Buckhorn went cold during the frame, notching but a single field goal. The Commodores went into the locker room with the 24-19 advantage.

The Wildcats got back on track in the third period, but struggled to stop the Commodores from behind the arc. Perry Central was able to extend their lead, and went into the final eight minutes with a 41-30 lead.

Perry Central pushed the lead to 15 points in the fourth quarter, but could not break Buckhorn’s spirit. The Wildcats were determined to force Perry Central to beat them from the free throw line. The Commodores were able to make their free throws when it counted, and went on to win the title by the final count of 56-44.

Perry Central (56) Travis Dunn 18, Matt Turner 2, Damon Tobler 10, James Blair 16, Noah Back 6 and Austin Hill 4.

Buckhorn (44) Shannon Blank 6, Josh Crank 13, Donovan Engle 2, Connor Hoskins 20 and Austin Morris 3.

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

Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald The 2016 boys’ 54th district champions, the Perry County Central Commodores.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_9055.jpgPhotos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald The 2016 boys’ 54th district champions, the Perry County Central Commodores.

Buckhorn’s Connor Hoskins hits a “3” in the corner to spark the Wildcats to an early lead in the 54th district title game.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_8683.jpgBuckhorn’s Connor Hoskins hits a “3” in the corner to spark the Wildcats to an early lead in the 54th district title game.

Buckhorn’s Shannon Blank looks for an opening in the Perry Central defense. Blank had 6 points in the 54th district title game.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_8744.jpgBuckhorn’s Shannon Blank looks for an opening in the Perry Central defense. Blank had 6 points in the 54th district title game.

Perry Central’s James Blair hits a jumper early in the second half during the Commodores’ 56-44 win over Buckhorn in the 54th district title game.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_8806.jpgPerry Central’s James Blair hits a jumper early in the second half during the Commodores’ 56-44 win over Buckhorn in the 54th district title game.

Perry Central’s Travis Dunn protects the ball as the Commodores try to run out the clock during the 54th district title game. Dunn had 18 points in the 56-44 win.
http://hazard-herald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_IMG_8962.jpgPerry Central’s Travis Dunn protects the ball as the Commodores try to run out the clock during the 54th district title game. Dunn had 18 points in the 56-44 win.

By Tony McGuire

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