The Perry County Central Commodores opened their basketball season by hosting the Buckhorn Wildcats. The game would become a “Tale of Two Halves” as the Wildcats dominated the first half’s action, and the Commodores took control in the second half.
The game started out with a 2-all tie, and at that point, Buckhorn began to make their move. The Wildcats went on to lead 9-2, and finished the period with the 11-6 lead.
Buckhorn began the second period by extending the lead to double-digits (16-6). At that point, Perry Central began to find their range, and eventually cut the lead to three (22-19). The Wildcats would get the final say in the half, and went into the intermission leading 26-19.
The Commodores opened the second half hot, and by the 4:33 mark, they had tied the game at 31. As the Wildcats began to cool, Perry Central began to open a lead of their own. With eight minutes left to play, the Commodores were up 41-34.
With just a few minutes gone in the fourth quarter, the Perry Central lead grew to double-digits (48-34). Buckhorn would not get their first points of the period until about the two minute mark, allowing the Commodores to prevail 59-44 (Noah Back led the Commodores with 23 points, hitting 7 3-pts).
Perry Central (59) Noah Back 23 (3 assists and 1 rebound), Damon Tobler 14 (3 assists, 1 steal, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks), Chandler Caudill 4 (4 assists, 2 steals, 6 rebounds and 1 block), Sam Turner 2 (2 rebounds), Austin Hill 8 (1 assist, 1 steal, 3 rebounds and 1 block), Richard Cornett 4 (2 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds), Jacob Woolum 2 (1 steal and 2 rebounds) and Jayden Neace 2 (1 assist, 1 steal and 1 rebound).
Buckhorn (44) Nick Stidham 10 (4 rebounds), Daniel Hurley 8 (8 rebounds), Jarred Griffith 6, Donovan Engle (4 rebounds), Austin Bennett 9 (8 rebounds), Austin Morris 6 (4 rebounds) and Shannon Blank 5 (10 rebounds and 5 assists).
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