Tuesday, January 22, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Perk Valley flips script on Spring-Ford

Perkiomen Valley's Purnell Wilson drives to the basket during Tuesday's PAC-10 game against Spring-Ford. (Photo by Brian Ludy)

By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury

GRATERFORD — Perkiomen Valley knew that, sooner or later, Spring-Ford was going to make a run in Tuesday night’s battle for second place in the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Liberty Division. And that’s exactly what the visiting Rams did, quickly wiping out an eight-point PV lead in the third quarter and taking a three-point lead of their own midway through the fourth.
But it was how the Vikings reacted to adversity that turned out to be the key down the stretch as they hit couple of big baskets and controlled the backboards for a 43-41 win.
Steve Leonard scored 16 to help Perk Valley (7-3, 11-6 overall) take the inside track for a Final Four berth with three games to go. Purnell Wilson scored six of his 10 points in the pivotal fourth quarter, including the go-ahead basket with under a minute to go. The Rams (6-4, 11-6) — who had beaten PV 56-41 earlier in the season — were led by Zameer McDowell’s 14 points and Justin DeLuzio’s 10.

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