Both the boys and girls basketball teams at Perry High School were sitting atop the City League standings at the beginning of the week, each had a big game against Westinghouse who are enjoying good campaigns of their own. On Jan. 22, the Bulldogs were among the top teams in the conference but the Commodores were determined to put an end to that statistic.
The Perry boys were able to sneak out of a potentially large upset in the league this year. They were down by as many as 11 with five minutes left when an unlikely hero, in the form of 6-2 junior Bruce Grover, stepped forward and took care of business for the Commodores. He hit seven consecutive 3-pointers in the period as they finished off Westinghouse, 78-67.
|BLOCKED—Oliver’s Tony Brown, 31, blocks a shot from behind on Ieiar White of Westinghouse.
“He singlehandedly brought us back,” Perry coach Marco Corona said. “He has always been a 3-point shooter, but never that prolific.”
Grover finished in a tie with Westinghouse’s Fleming Davis for the game-high of 28 points. Perry’s backcourt was, once again, huge. Greg McGhee and Marcus Smith (both juniors) finished with 17 and 18, respectively.
Perry gave up a 21-14 lead in the first quarter and did not get it back until the fourth behind Grover’s hot hand from behind the arc.
“I guess we are better than I thought,” Corona said. “Somehow, we keep finding ways to win when the chips are down. It’s making me old fast, I’ll tell you that.”
Westinghouse’s De’Andrae Epperson also contributed to the effort with 14 points.
Allderdice 71, Peabody 38
Leaders for Allderdice: Eric Mallinger 16, Ishmael Swain 13, Brandon McClester 13, Ben Mickens 12, Justin Dobbs 10.
Peabody: Not Available.
Carrick 61, Langley 51
Leaders for Carrick: Jordan Wilson 16, Nate Morton 12, Travis Lewis 12.
Leaders for Langley: Brendan Drake 14, Mars Manning 12.
Oliver 69, Brashear 53
Leaders for Brashear: Todd Brown 16, Henri Chatman 11.
Leaders for Oliver: Delvon Murray 16, Phil Ferguson 13, Evan Schell 12, Shane Phillips 10, Tawayne Steele 10.
Teams Conf Overall
Perry 7-0 11-1
Allderdice 5-2 7-4
Oliver 5-2 7-4
Peabody 4-3 4-8
Westingouse 3-4 6-5
Carrick 3-4 6-7
Schenley 3-4 5-7
Brashear 2-6 2-11
Langley 0-7 0-12
Jan. 29, 3:15 p.m. : Allderdice at Perry, Brashear at Peabody, Carrick at Oliver and Westinghouse at Schenley.
On the girls’ side of things, Westinghouse and Allderdice are tied for first place. Both teams leapfrogged Perry with big wins this past week. The Bulldogs got past the Commodores in a thriller Jan. 22 at home, 47-44.
Westinghouse was led by Tatayanna Cox-Taylor and Ros-Shay Woods with 13 and 11 points. Perry got a 22-point performance out of DaShawna Carey but still came up just short.
Allderdice blew out Peabody, 63-24, this past week to position themselves for the top. In that game, five players for Allderdice finished in double figures with 10 points.
Brashear 68, Oliver 31—(B): Ashley Albright 21, Ebony Brown 14, Nyasia Middleton 12. (O): Tay’Rah Scott 10.
Carrick 30, Langley 27 (C): Angel Gould 14. (L): Valerie White 14.
Team Conf Overall
Allderdice 6-1 9-2
Westinghouse 6-1 9-3
Perry 5-2 5-8
Brashear 5-3 6-7
Schenley 4-3 5-7
Carrick 3-4 3-7
Langley 2-5 3-5
Oliver 1-6 1-11
Peabody 0-7 0-12
Jan. 29, 3:15 p.m.: Oliver at Carrick, Peabody at Brashear, Perry at Allderdice, Schenley at Westinghouse,
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