|Perkiomen Valley's Purnell Wilson shoots over the denfense of Pope John Paul II's Brent Mahoney and James Bleming during Saturday's PAC-10 semifinal. Photo by Barry Taglieber.|
By Dennis Weller
Special to The Mercury
ROYERSFORD — Perkiomen Valley used its week off prior to the Pioneer Athletic Conference boys basketball Final Four wisely. First, the Vikings worked on their set offensive plays. Next, after finding out who their opponent would be, they planned ways to stop Pope John Paul II’s top scorers.
Then when they took the court on Saturday afternoon at Spring-Ford High School, they executed both those phases of the game to near-perfection over the first 13 minutes as they jumped out to an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter and boosted the margin to 16 late in the first half.
That was enough for PV to sustain a PJP run in the third quarter and gain a spot in the championship game with a 65-52 win. Four players scored in double figures for the Liberty Division runner-up Vikings (16-7), who were led by Steve Leonard’s 20 points and Mekhi Clemons’ 12 rebounds. Brent Mahoney scored 27, including 19 in the second half, for the Frontier Division champion Golden Panthers (13-9).
Perk Valley, making its first Final Four appearance since 2007-08, will play for the title on Tuesday at 7 p.m. back at Spring-Ford against Methacton, a 53-51 winner over Phoenixville.(For the complete story, click here...)