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Perkiomen Claims a Pair of Basketball Titles
Written by Dave Teufel, Correspondent
2014-02-19

         When the 2013-14 basketball season began, both of Perkiomen's basketball teams set out on a very similar quest – to be crowned Tri-County League champions at season's end. The girls team would be motivated to defend the title they had claimed last year, the boys team by their desire to acquire one.

        On Feb. 12, each team found themselves just one win away from accomplishing their goal; but Barrack Hebrew Academy stood in their way. When the night ended, both teams had claimed success as each had won the right to be called a champion.

        The girls team wasted little time, jumping out to a 13-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Barrack Academy would hold its own in the second quarter, outscoring the Panthers, 12-11, but still trailing by double digits at halftime.

        Perkiomen, though, pulled away in the third quarter and would eventually win by 20 points. The final score read Perkiomen 47, Barrack Academy, 27. The Panthers got solid performances from several players on offense, led by Kristen Burdo, who scored 18 points. Stephanie Falcone scored 10, Nicole Pupillo contributed 8 points and Destinee Astheimer added 7. Barrack Academy was led by Sophia Shoulson who scored 18, tying Burdo for game high honors.

        The Perkiomen boys team outscored Barrack Academy in all four quarters of its game and came away with a 19-point victory, 57-38.

        Paulius Zalys scored 17 points in leading the Panthers' offensive attack. Justus Valciukas scored 13 points, Chandler Junk netted 11, which included three buckets from beyond the arc, and Antonio Coleman added 8. Barrack Academy was lead by Ari Yose, who had a game-high 28.

        Neither team, though, would have much time to celebrate its triumphs as both squads would be back on the hardwood just days later competing in the PA Independent Schools tournament

        Unfortunately, the girls team fell in its opening round game, losing to Chestnut Hill, 61-50. The Panthers held a 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but trailed by a bucket at half time, 27-25. 

        The lead was 4 heading into the game's final 8 minutes, but Chestnut Hill outscored Perkiomen by 7 to secure the victory. Burdo had another solid performance, scoring 17 in the game. Perkiomen finished the season with a record of 20-4.

        The boys were a bit more fortunate, notching a win in their opening round game as they beat Episcopal Academy, 45-44. Zalys once again paced the Panthers' attack, scoring 14. Junk netted 10, Valciukas scored 9 and Ja'ren Hampton added 7.

        The team would not fair so well in round two of the tournament, as they fell to Westtown by a score of 43-26, bringing the season to an end.

 

  

        


 

 

 

 

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