Tuesday, February 12, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Perkiomen Valley caps incredible, improbable run

Perkiomen Valley's Purnell Wilson battles to keep his balance on a drive past Methacton's Joe Ruhl during the PAC-10 boys basketball championship game Tuesday night at Spring-Ford. (Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)

By Darryl Grumling

ROYERSFORD — Ask anyone associated with the Perkiomen Valley boys basketball team to name the turning point of the season, and you’re liable to get as many different answers as Vikings who have made key contributions.
Rookie head coach Mike Poysden felt it began during the Parkland Christmas Tournament, when the Vikings picked themselves off the canvas after a nightmarish 2-6 start.
Unsung senior guard Brett Davis pointed to an early January non-league win against Central Bucks West, citing an unselfish and defense-oriented effort.
Senior long-range sniper Steve Leonard thought it was when the Vikings took down perennial playoff squad Pope John Paul II for a breakout win.
Junior swingman Rasaan Stewart, meanwhile, looked instead to the team’s improved practice habits along the way.
Whatever the reason, the Vikings underwent a remarkable six-week metamorphosis from also-ran to Pioneer Athletic Conference champion.
The magical journey culminated in Tuesday night’s 44-41 victory over defending league champion Methacton in a thriller of a PAC-10 final in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Spring-Ford.

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