Perry downs Oliver on last-second dagger to stays on top of City League

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It was a three-point shot by Daryl Harrington with four seconds left that took care of Oliver (3-1, 5-3) and their chances of taking sole possession of second place in the City League, going down to Perry (5-0, 8-1) 68-65, Jan. 12. This puts them in a three-way tie with Westinghouse and Peabody for the “next to best” spot in the league’s standings as they have matching 3-1 conference records.

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Perry’s Marcus Smith led all scores with 20 points and Harrington added 17. The leading scorer for Oliver was Phillip Ferguson with 16 points.

The score was tied at 65-65 with 12 seconds left in the contest, after Perry came back from a double-digit deficit in the first quarter, being down by as many as 16. During a timeout, Perry’s head coach Marco Corona gathered his troops to put together an offensive sequence that would solidify its comeback efforts against its North Side rival.

The Oliver defense keyed in on Smith, but the ball ended up going to Harrington who set up behind the arc and let go the game-winner that went straight through the nylon—swish.

Also contributing for Perry was Bruce Grover with 14 points. Oliver’s Tawayne Steele and Delvon Murray each had 14 as well.

The other factor that led to the three-way tie in the City was that Westinghouse dropped their first conference contest to Carrick that same night, 55-46.

SCHEDULE:

January 22
3:15 p.m., Allderdice at Peabody
3:15 p.m., Brashear at Oliver
3:15 p.m., Westinghouse at Perry
7:30 p.m., Carrick at Langley

STANDINGS:

Team Conf. Overall
Perry 5-0 8-1
Westinghouse 3-1 5-2
Oliver 3-1 5-3
Peabody 3-1 3-6
Allderdice 2-2 3-4
Schenley 2-3 4-6
Carrick 1-4 4-7
Brashear 1-4 1-9
Langley 0-4 0-9

Perry girls have league-high four wins

Just like the boys team, the Perry girls (4-1, 4-7) are also on top of things in the City. They’ve taken care of Brashear, Langley, Carrick and Oliver to establish that they know how to win when it counts. Allderdice, Schenley and the defending champion Westinghouse have better overall marks at this point, but Perry still leads with each of those squads having only three wins in the conference. The Spartans are the only team out of that bunch with more than one conference loss. They currently stand 3-2 in the league.

Results from games played Jan. 12:

Allderdice 65, Brashear 45
Carrick 57, Westinghouse 31
Schenley 62, Langley 13
Perry 68, Oliver 27

SCHEDULE:
January 22
3:15 p.m., Langley at Carrick
3:15 p.m., Oliver at Brashear
3:15 p.m., Peabody at Allderdice
7:30 p.m., Perry at Westinghouse

STANDINGS:

Team Conf. Overall
Perry 4-1 4-7
Allderdice 3-1 5-2
Westinghouse 3-1 5-3
Schenley 3-2 4-5
Langley 2-2 3-2
Carrick 2-3 2-6
Brashear 2-3 2-7
Oliver 1-3 1-7
Peabody 0-4 0-9

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(D.W. Howze can be reached at: dwhowze@newpittsburghcourier.com).

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