Perkiomen's Bruce Brittingham tries to get a shot off, as a Church Farm player reaches overhead to block him during play in Monday night's game. Brittingham scored 11 points in the Tri-County League game.
Start with a few returning seniors who have felt the pain of coming up short in big games. Add a few new faces with talent. Fill them all with determination. Sprinkle in a pinch of attitude. Get them all to play hard for 32 straight minutes and when done, you should have a team that looks a lot like the Perkiomen School boys basketball team.
The Panthers cleared another hurdle Monday night when they outplayed the Griffins who had reportedly been ranked in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Top 10 of area boys’ basketball teams.
In a game that was filled with fast breaks, blocked shots, slam dunks and excitement, the Panthers earned a hard fought victory over visiting Church Farm School 64-54.
Perkiomen scored the game’s first seven points. Thanks to a pair of three-point shots from Nizar Kopic and several field goals from Eric Fanning, the Panthers won the game’s opening quarter 19-15.
The Griffins found their offense in the second quarter, scoring on their first six possessions. The visitors had used quick ball movement to find passing lanes that produced one layup after another, while on the other end of the court, Perkiomen was taking full advantage of several trips to the free throw line. When the first half ended, the teams went to the locker room tied at 33 apiece.
The visitors knocked in the first basket of the third quarter, taking their first lead of the game at 35-33, but just a short time later John Williams hit a pair of field goals that put the Panthers back on top at 39-37. Perkiomen would never trail again in the game.
The Griffins 6’10” center appeared to have an easy basket, but was turned away by freshman Tyler Kohl. Fanning drove to the glass earning three point plays the old fashion way, and when Bruce Brittingham nailed a three-point shot with a defender in his face, it was obvious that momentum was on the Panthers side – as was the score board at 57-47. It was Perkiomen’s largest lead of the game. A lead the Griffins would never rebound from.
Fanning led all scorers with 27points. Nizar Kopic scored 13. Brittingham added 11, Kohl had seven, John Williams four and Josh Kingsley two.
Howard Sellars and Aondofa Anyam led the Griffins with 15 and 14.
The win was the second measuring stick in a week for Perkiomen, as the Panthers had already defeated defending league champion Phelps School 69-58. The Panthers lost each time out against Phelps last season.
“The players feel good about the way they competed tonight,” Panthers head coach Mark Longstreth said after the game. “They’re pleased with their effort, but they also realize that they have things they can improve on. We can still get better if we continue to work hard.”
Perkiomen plays at home today at 4 p.m. against West-Mont and again on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when they host Lower Moreland. They will face off again Jan. 18 at home against Phelps School at 5:15 p.m.
The win raises Perkiomen’s record to 8-2.