Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Methacton rally snaps Perkiomen Valley's streak

Perkiomen Valley’s Steve Leonard passes to a teammate during Tuesday’s game against Methacton. (Adrianna Hoff/JRC)

By Jon Vander Lugt
Special to The Mercury

WORCESTER — “Pretty exciting game tonight.”
Methacton coach Jeff Derstine’s first words after the game were quite an understatement.
Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, Methacton battled all of the way back, eventually taking the lead on Justin Ardman’s late go-ahead bucket to win against rival Perkiomen Valley, 41-39.
The Warriors could not have gotten off on a worse foot. Running into a Viking team that was riding a 12-game winning streak, Methacton shot only 29 percent for the half.
The Vikings, on the other hand, came out firing on all cylinders. Led by Purnell Wilson’s 10 in the half and Mekhi Clemons’ nine, Perk Valley shot 57 percent in the first two quarters.
“It was a playoff atmosphere,” Perkiomen Valley coach Mike Poysden said. “We were fighting for sole possession and we knew it was going to be a war.”

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