Upper Perk's J.D. Ricapito squeezes between a pair of Pottstown players during play in Saturday's home game. Ricapito led the scoring with 24 points.
The Upper Perkiomen Boys basketball team played their last league game of the 2011-12 season last Saturday when they hosted the Trojans. Unfortunately for the Tribe they came up short in their effort as Pottstown rolled to a 69-43 win.
The Tribe kept the game close for the first four minutes until Pottstown put together a five point run that that made the score 9-4. The quarter ended with the Trojans on top 12-8.
The Trojans began to widen the gap in the second quarter, and with just over five minutes remaining built the lead to eight when Elijah Jackson sank the first foul shot he took after being fouled on a three point try.
That basket brought a stop to the action on the court as it was the 1,000 point of Jacksons’ career and his seventh of the second quarter.
When the hoopla subsided Upper Perk chipped away at the Trojan lead and got back to within four at 21-17.
The Trojans though would slowly begin to pull away as they employed a trapping defense that forced the Tribe into repeated turnovers. Pottstown took advantage of the extra opportunities, and put together a nine point run that saw them extend the lead to 30-17. The half ended with Pottstown leading 30-18.
Things continue to sour for the Tribe as the Trojans built the lead to twenty half way through the third quarter, but with about three minutes remaining in the quarter senior center J.D. Ricapito gave the home crowed a little something to cheer about.
Ricapito started near the top of the key and drove to the basket finishing with a slam dunk. He followed that with a second jam on the Tribes next trip down the floor. Whether it was frustration, determination or a senior just enjoying his final game on his home court Ricapito dunked on back to back trips down the floor again in the fourth quarter.
When the final horn sounded Ricapito had led all scorers with a 24 point performance and after the game he reflected on his team’s season.
“It’s tough right now it’s not really the way you want your last game to end. We played hard all year. Nobody ever quit, and playing for Coach Lapinski was great. There were some games that got away from us at the end. Games where we just couldn’t finish. We thought we would win more games it just didn’t work out that way but I still had fun.”
Saturday was senior day and three other seniors finished their basketball careers for the Tribe. Dan Winters (3pts) Zack Chatman (2pts) and captain Chad Force (2pts).
Upper Perk finishes without a win in PAC Ten league play and currently have a 2-19 record on the season. The Tribe played its last game Wednesday against Perkiomen School.