Paulius Zalys looks for an opening to shoot through as he tries to escape blocking attempts by the Kimberton defense in last Thursday's home game.
The teamwork and depth of the Perkiomen School boys basketball team was obvious this past Thursday as they bested visiting Kimberton Waldorf School.
Perkiomen showed both offensive and defensive superiority, as they ended the contest with a solid 66-24 victory.
Kimberton's seemingly advantageous height awarded their number 42, Ryan Lewis, the tip off, but after that the Perkiomen boys did not hesitate to put points on the board. When the ball went out on Kimberton, the Panthers were on their way. With an assist from co-captain Chandler Junk, Paulius Zalys sank a three-point shot. The first points on the scoreboard were the Panthers' and they didn't stop there.
Co-captain Antonio Coleman put up five points in the first quarter, with Zalys adding six more. Junk, Ja'ren Hampton, Dillon Larkin, and Yu Sun each scored two points, respectively. With a final four points from Joshua Cruz, the Panthers brought their first-quarter point total to 26.
Kimberton's Pio Mistretto scored the only basket for the visitors, finishing the first period with a score of 26-2.
The Perkiomen School did not lose their momentum in the second quarter. Baskets from Hampton, Junk, Sun, Cruz, and Levi Stoudt gave the Panthers a comfortable lead, but Kimberton was not giving up. During the second quarter, Ben Bowers put two baskets on the scoreboard, along with a foul shot, to bring the score at the end of that quarter to 40-7.
The third and fourth quarters marked an opportunity for both teams, with Perkiomen getting some newer players onto the court, and Kimberton pushing back and scoring some baskets. Perkiomen's Efrain Rodriguez-Sierra sank the first basket, followed by points from Kimberton's Benny Janisch, and a foul shot by Perkiomen's Aidan O'Brien. These last two quarters gave Perkiomen's Miles Longstreth the opportunity to sink five more baskets. Despite a respectable push back from Kimberton, with points from Benny Janisch, Mistretto, and Lewis they could not catch up to such a monumental lead. The game ended in a 64-24 victory for the Panthers.
Despite such a wide margin of victory, head coach Mark Longstreth was happiest that "all 12 guys in uniform were able to get on the court and score." The Perkiomen Panthers are 8-0 in their league, with an 11-4 overall record. There are two regular season games left. The last league game was played Tuesday, at Westmont, which Perkiomen won and the last non-league game was against Upper Perk on Wednesday night at home. The results of that game were not available as of press time.
Monday, Feb. 10, is the first round of Tri-County playoffs at the Perkiomen School. A victory in that game, along with another one on Tuesday would bring the Panthers to the finals at the Hill School.