Perry continues to shock its opponents with another last-second victory, most recently at home over Allderdice Jan. 29 to stay undefeated in City League play.
Two foul shots by Perry’s Daryl Harrington with five seconds left was the difference and helped the Commodores to a 59-58 victory.
“I wasn’t nervous,” said Harrington. “I’d been in the same predicament in the past, but I didn’t have the same results. I was determined that this time and times in the future would turn out differently.”
|MR. CLUTCH— Daryl Harrington hit two free throws with five seconds left to give Perry a 59-58 win over Allderdice Jan. 29. Harrington led Perry in scoring with 23 points as the Commodores remained undefeated in City League play.
Harrington finished with a game-high 23 points. He also hit 9 consecutive shots from the line, only missing on his very first attempt. James Bulls helped out things with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Greg McGhee also came through for Perry with 12 points.
“Allderdice is a big, strong team,” Perry head coach Marco Corona said. “They played into our strengths as we are a quicker and faster team. We endured and persevered throughout and that is the main thing that led us to a win.”
The Dragons were led by Ishmail Swain with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Justin Dobbs and Ben Mickens each added 12 points. “Our slogan on this team is “HAWK-D,” said Allderdice head coach Andre McDonald. “One thing that I can complement our team on is our aggressive intensity on defense and I just like their hard work on each transition. But my hat goes off to Perry. They played like the defending champs that they are.”
Perry was down by 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter before they mounted a comeback led by Harrington. Their junior point guard, Marcus Smith, was slowed down by back spasms and as a result, was held scoreless. He is among the team leaders in scoring this season, averaging more than 17 points a game.
Oliver 55, Gateway 45
The Bears took care of business against quad-A giant Gateway Jan. 31 at the Pittsburgh Basketball Classic on the campus of Robert Morris University. They have established themselves as one of the teams to beat in the City as they hold the second-best overall and conference records in the league.
“We were down two at the half and we wanted to come out and step up things in the second half,” said Oliver head coach Carey White. “That’s what we did. We came out in that second half and started executing. Our defense started taking over and we started to force them into making bad decisions on offense.”
Oliver’s senior guard Evan Schell led the way for the Bears with 26 points, including a game-high 7 from behind the arc. Delvon Murray helped the cause with 12 and Phil Ferguson added 11.
They made 10 of 13 foul shots in the game, all coming in the fourth quarter.
“When it came down to it, we were able to hit the big shots,” said White. “I can’t say enough about our team’s confidence going down the stretch, which makes me excited about what I saw out there.”
Craig Banks and Tyler Scott each had 11 points to lead Gateway.
Allderdice 62, Schenley 50
Top scorers: (S) Brandon Johnson, 13; Walter Tyler, 12; (A) Justin Dobbs, 16; Brandon McClester, 15; Ben Mickens, 14
Carrick 53, Peabody 41
Top scorers: (P) Adeneyi Oshoko, 9; (C) Jordan Wilson, 17; Travis Lewis, 13; Rasheed McKamey, 12.
Oliver 70, Langley 40
Top scorers: (O) Evan Schell, 15; Phil Ferguson, 12; (L) Ronald Carson, 9; Jason McGinnis, 9.
Perry 71, Brashear 62
Top scorers: (P) Daryl Harrington, 26; Marcus Smith, 16; (B) Henri Chatman, 21; Todd Brown, 15; Elijah Peterson, 13
Schenley 92, Westinghouse 59
Top scorers: Marcus Falls, 29; Isaiah Naylor, 12; (S) Brandon Johnson, 31; Alonzo Murphy, 14; Camerin Nesbit, 12; Arthur Smith, 12; Mike Robinson, 10
Peabody 64, Brashear 53
High scorers (B) Henri Chatman, 30; (P) Sharod Green, 17; Adeneyi Oshoko, 16; Marzell Baskins, 10; Rudy Freeman, 10
Team Conf. Overall
Perry 10-0 14-1
Oliver 8-2 11-4
Allderdice 7-3 10-5
Peabody 5-5 5-10
Westinghouse 4-6 7-9
Carrick 4-6 7-9
Schenley 4-6 6-9
Brashear 2-8 2-13
Langley 0-9 0-14
3:15 p.m., Carrick at Perry
7:30 p.m., Brashear at Schenley, Allderdice at Westinghouse, Langley at Peabody
Westinghouse girls still
holding on strong
As for the girls, the Lady Bulldogs of Westinghouse are still holding their own and are looking to be a prime target for defeat in the league, going down the stretch. They are cruising right now and are currently on a seven-game winning streak. They are also tied with Allderdice and Perry with eight conference wins.
Their only loss in the City was to Allderdice back on Jan. 5 at home.
“We understand that everything is equal this year,” said Westinghouse head coach Phyllis Jones. “One thing we are doing that is good is we’re keeping focused. We understand that there is a prize at the end of this in which we have to obtain before it’s all said and done.”
Perry still holds the third place spot in the City.
Allderdice 55, Schenley 36
Top scorers: (A) Janay Bottoms, 20; Lanise Saunders, 13; (S) London McCoy, 13
Carrick 50, Peabody 37
Top scorers: (C) Angel Gould, 19; Megan Ziegler, 14; (P) Semaj Pamplin, 22
Perry 60, Brashear 46
Top scorers: (B) Nautica Buchanan, 13; Antwanette Williams, 10; (P) Dashawna Carey, 23; Marritta Gillcrease, 16; Chelsey Anderson, 10
Brashear 69, Peabody 23
Top scorers: (P) Terrah Moore, 8; (B) Nautica Buchanan, 18; Nyasia Middleton, 17; Ashley Albright, 17
Carrick 44, Oliver 13
Top scorers: (O) Tay’Rah Scott, 11; (C) Angel Gould, 15
Perry 53, Allderdice 46
Top scorers: (P) Marritta Gillcrease, 17; Ashia Regan, 16; DaShawna Carey, 11; (A) Janay Bottoms, 16; DaJai Beasley, 14; Lanise Saunders, 10
Westinghouse 46, Schenley 39
Top scorers: (S) London McCoy, 15; Chaunice Lightfoot, 11
Team Conf. Overall
Westinghouse 8-1 11-3
Allderdice 8-2 11-4
Perry 8-2 8-8
Brashear 6-4 7-8
Schenley 5-5 6-9
Carrick 5-5 5-8
Langley 3-6 4-7
Oliver 1-9 1-14
Peabody 0-10 0-15
3:15 p.m., Peabody at Langley, Perry at Carrick, Schenley at Brashear
7:30 p.m., Westinghouse at Allderdice