Thursday, January 31, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Perkiomen Valley beats Boyertown, gets in the driver’s seat

By Jeff Stover

BOYERTOWN — Mike Poysden couldn’t ask for a better scenario.
His Perkiomen Valley squad holds a half-game lead on Spring-Ford for second place in the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Liberty Division. And while the Rams have their league regular season completed, the Vikings have one more game left on theirs.
An enviable position ... one made even more enviable by PV’s performance Thursday against Boyertown. A 55-40 victory over the Bears fulfilled Poysden’s hopes for his club to remain in control of its postseason destiny.
“We knew we had to handle our business, and not expect others to do favors for us,” Perk Valley’s head coach said.
In a flip-flop of positions, the Vikings (8-4 league, 14-7 overall) bumped Spring-Ford (8-5) out of the Liberty second spot. They finish up Saturday against Owen J. Roberts — a win securing the division’s second berth for the upcoming Final Four playoffs, a loss offering at the worst a play-in game should both teams finish in a dead heat.
And it took a yeoman-like effort against hard-charging Boyertown (4-8, 6-15) for PV to get in that position. The contest was a two-point affair through the halfway point of the fourth quarter, when the visitors went on a 15-2 run down the stretch to nail down their 12th victory in the last 13 games.

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