Upper Perk's Robbie Hinson lays up at the basket only to have his shot blocked overhead by a Vikings player in Friday night's home game.
Perkiomen Valley began their attack with a fast break layup off the opening tip, and would use all the weapons at their disposal on the way to a 63-48 win over the Tribe last Friday night on the Indians' home floor.
Upper Perk took their only lead of the game a couple minutes into the first quarter on a basket by Chandler Junk that made the score 5-4. Robbie Hinson’s basket on the next possession tied the score at seven apiece, but the Vikings would control the rest of the first quarter behind a stellar performance by Steve Leonard.
Leonard was on fire through the first eight minutes of the game, collecting 14 of his game-high 29 points in that first quarter. Leonard was 3-3 from beyond the three point arc, perfect from the free throw line, and added a field goal for good measure. When the first quarter ended, the Tribe trailed by a score of 18-10.
Upper Perk started the second quarter with a basket from Nate Weinstein. They ended the first half with a basket by Mike Winters. Unfortunately for the Tribe, the other 14 points in the quarter all belonged to the Vikings as the visitors could do no wrong as they raced out to a 32-14 halftime lead.
The Vikings were 11-19 from the floor in the first half including 4-6 from three point land. They were also perfect from the charity stripe, hitting on all seven of their free throw attempts. In comparison the Tribe shot only 33 percent from the floor going 6-18 connecting on only one of their four attempts from the three-point line.
The Vikings took a 47-32 lead into the fourth quarter. Upper Perk would not go quietly though, and spent the first few minutes of the final quarter chipping away at the Perkiomen Valley lead.
The Tribe had a chance to get the Viking lead under double digits with a little over four minutes remaining in the game, but couldn’t convert on the offensive end. The Indians never got any closer than 11 the rest of the way.
In addition to Leonard’s 29 points, Perkiomen Valley got double digit efforts from Rasaan Stewart, who had 12 points, and Mekhi Clemons, who added 10.
Upper Perk was led by Chandler Junk, who collected 17, while Joey Marinelli netted 10. Robbie Hinson added nine.
Perkiomen Valley won the battle of the board as they out rebounded the Tribe 23-16. The Indians did a better job of taking care of the basketball as they forced the Vikings into committing five more turnovers than the Tribe at 13-5.
The win left Perkiomen Valley with a record of 6-3, good enough for a second place tie with Spring-Ford in the Liberty division of the PAC-10.
Upper Perk, still searching for their first win of the season in league play, will face Pottstown, Pottsgrove, and Pope John Paul before returning home to face Phoenixville Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.