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DELPHOS — It was one of those nights for the Perry boys cagers as Bruce Hodges was “en fuego” Saturday night at “The Stage”, firing in 40 counters to pace the Commodores to a 78-55 non-league triumph.

The Commodores (2-1) shot 30-of-60 from the floor (10-of-22 long range) for 50 percent, led by Hodges — nailing seven triples in the process — who added nine boards and seven steals. He got plenty of help from Jared Poling with 21 markers (4 assists, 4 steals) and 10 by Emanuel Luster (9 rebounds).

The Wildcats (2-2) — who canned 17-of-36 fielders (5-of-10 downtown) for 47.2 percent — had their own big scorer as sophomore Trey Smith netted 28 counters (2 bombs and 10-of-10 free throws; 6 caroms) and senior Ross Thompson had another double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.

“I told everyone that this is the best Perry team in 20 years. They are going to win a lot of game splaying like they did tonight,” Jefferson head man Marc Smith explained. “Hodges and Poling live in the gymnasium and it showed; I know because they work out with my son, Trey, and I know how much time they spend in the gym. We actually played pretty good defense; that’s just how good they are. Many of those shots were simply unguardable.”

It took a quarter for Perry to really get cooking. In the first period, the Commodores used their full-court pressure to bother the Wildcats, forcing seven of their 26 miscues in the span. However, they only canned 6-of-17 shots against the Wildcats’ triangle-and-2 defense. With Hodges downing seven markers. On the other end, the Wildcats shot 5-of-9, with Smith nailing both of his triples. His second bomb gave the hosts a 16-13 edge with 48 ticks showing before a transition layin by Hodges with 5.1 ticks on the board made it a 16-15 scoreboard in favor of the hosts.

The eruption came in a 30-point second period for the visitors. Hodges in particular was unconscious, nailing 17 markers, including five rainbows, as the Commodores dropped 11-of-20 shots. That was fueled by eight more turnovers by the hosts, many of which led to transition looks. Luster added eight counters, while the only Wildcat who had much success was Smith with eight. Jefferson was 7-of-8 at the line in the stanza (17-of-23 for the game for to try and keep pace but when Luster scored inside with 33 ticks to go, Perry led 45-31.

“We build from defense. We want to pressure the basketball and turn our opponents over,” Perry coach Matt Tabler noted. “We want an up-tempo game, not a half-court one. Our whole focus has been on playing every minute, every possession, with effort and enthusiasm.”

The trend continued into the third period as Perry netted 11-of-19. Hodges “cooled” off with only 11 points but Poling caught fire, knocking down 12. The only other scorer for the visitors was Luster with two. Smith stayed hot for the home team, dropping in 10 points and Thompson added four. The largest lead of the period was 26 — 58-32 — midway through the canto before a single by Jefferson sophomore Dalton Hicks with 25 seconds showing accounted for a 70-47 score.

The fourth period saw an 8-8 tie as the only thing left to decide was the final score.

Perry ended up 8-of-11 at the line (72.7%), with 24 boards (9 offensive), 12 turnovers and 16 fouls. Jakoby Harvey dished four assists and four steals.

Jefferson secured 29 rebounds (6 offensive) and added 11 fouls. Freshman Jace Stockwell delivered five assists and three steals, Hicks three assists and senior Austin Jettinghoff three assists.

“Perry feeds off the crowd; they are as dependent on emotion as any team I see, good or bad,” Coach Smith added. “Their defense gets them going, like tonight. They forced us to go faster than we wanted. We had two great performances against us this weekend in Fort Recovery and Perry; we had a couple of great performances as well but it wasn’t enough. We’ll get back into practice and go from here.”

In junior varsity action, sophomore Josh Teman tallied 13 and classmate Grant Wallace 12 to pace Jefferson (4-0) to a 42-39 triumph.

Xavier Monford paced the Commodores with 12.

Both teams return to the hardwood Friday: Jefferson at Columbus Grove and Perry at Riverside.


PERRY (78)

Ralphael Sanders 1-0-3, Bruce Hodges 16-1-40, Jared Poling 7-5-21, Jakoby Harvey 1-2-4, Corey Smith 0-0-0, Xavier Monford 0-0-0, Emanuel Luster 5-0-10, Tae’Quan Callahan 0-0-0, Raheem Johnson 0-0-0. Totals 20-10-8/11-78.


Jace Stockwell 1-0-3, Josh Teman 0-0-0, Austin Jettinghoff 2-0-5, Ross Thompson 5-3-13, Trey Smith 8-10-28, Tyler Mox 0-0-0, Nick Fitch 1-2-4, Dalton Hicks 0-2-2. Totals 13-4-17/23-55.

Score by Quarters:

Perry 15 30 25 8 - 78

Jefferson 16 15 16 8 - 55

Three-point goals: Perry, Hodges 7, Poling 2, Sander; Jefferson, T. Smith 2, Jettinghoff, Stockwell.



PERRY (39)

Seth Poling 2-1-6, Seth Sheriff 1-0-2, John Hairston 4-0-8, LaMonte Nichols 1-0-3, Wesley Godfrey 1-2-4, Plummie Gardner 1-2-4, Don Jordan 0-0-0, Xavier Monford 6-0-12. Totals 14-2-5/7-39.


Drew Reiss 4-1-9, Josh Teman 4-5-13, Cole Arroyo 0-0-0, Ryan Goergens 3-0-7, Grant Wallace 5-2-12, Nick Long 0-0-0, Drake Schmitt 0-1-1. Totals 15-1-9/18-42.

Score by Quarters:

Perry 5 17 11 6 - 39

Jefferson 10 13 2 17 - 42

Three-point goals: Perry, Poling, Nichols; Jefferson, Goergens.


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