Sunday, January 27, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: There's no 'I' in Perk Valley

By Jeff Stover
Brett Davis, left, and Perkiomen Valley boys
basketball team ran their win streak to 11 after
Saturday's non-league win over Souderton.
(Photo by Mark C. Psoras/JRC)

It’s arguably been one of the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s hottest teams this winter.
But to look at the Perkiomen Valley boys in the first month of the season, the average observer would have seen a program experiencing a measure of growing pains amid its latest change of head coaches.
“The kids have totally bought into each other,” first-year floor boss Mike Poysden said after seeing his club’s winning ways continue Saturday with a 43-40 non-league win at Souderton. “They share the ball. Certainly, their patience shows.”
The Vikings got Poysden — the program’s third head coach in six years — his inaugural win on the second night of the season-opening Great Valley Tournament, then went up-and-down their next two times out. A subsequent four-game losing streak had them a 2-6 midway through the winter holiday break, and falling off the fast pace Methacton and Spring-Ford were setting as the 1-2 punch atop the PAC-10’s Liberty Division.
But a victory over Quakertown in the Parkland Tournament’s consolation game provided PV more than just consolation on what started as a lackluster campaign. It kicked-started a resurgence of the Vikings’ season, in the form of an 11-game win streak that has reversed their status from also-ran to contender.
And it’s created a wider-open race for the two Liberty berths in the upcoming Final Four playoffs. While the Warriors continue on their unbeaten coast toward an undisputed regular-season title, the Vikings (13-6 overall) have pulled themselves ahead of the Rams for second place in the division.
“I think it’s their willingness to be unselfish,” Poysden said. “They look for each other, and celebrate each other. The thought process is not that ‘I’m scoring’ as ‘we’re scoring,’ not that ‘I’m getting rebounds’ as ‘we’re getting rebounds.’” 

( To read the complete boys basketball notebook, click here )

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