The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

November 30, 2013

Perry mans its way past Edgewood

Pirates match up to notch opening win vs. Edgewood

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Perry boys basketball coach Al Iacofano wants his Pirates to take control of games in their man-to-man defense.

During a three-minute span at the end of the first half, the Pirates did just that and rolled to a 56-40 victory over Edgewood at Spectator Gymnasium on Friday night.

Perry (1-0) used it’s defense to go on a 15-2 run over the final 2:55 of the second quarter to take a 33-18 lead into the half.

“That was huge,” Iacofano said. “That definitely allowed us to carry momentum into the half. Up until that point, it was a close game. That helped us build confidence and build that momentum into the half.”

“Their man-to-man defense is very good,” Edgewood coach John Bowler said. “We just didn’t handle their man-to-man pressure very well.

“Their man-to-man defense is very good for their offense. They’d make us turn it over and then we didn’t get back on defense. We’ve got to get that together. It’s going to take us time. We’re still trying to get all the pieces and parts together. We’re also still trying to a run a couple offenses that aren’t quite ready yet. It’s still early.”

Anthony Keipert scored seven of his 19 points, including a jumper at the buzzer,  in the final three minutes of the half for the Pirates.

“That’s huge,” Iacofano said. “He’s our leader without a doubt. He’s very experienced — this is his third year with the varsity. It’s good when you’re point guard is a quiet scorer. That tells me he was very efficient.”

The Warriors turned the ball over 14 times in the first half while Perry gave the ball away just four times.

“We pride ourselves on our man-to-man defense,” Iacofano said. “The kids have bought in. Our guys did a great job face-guarding Connor (McLaughlin). He’s a great basketball player. We know he makes Edgewood tick. We know if we can slow him down, we’ll be OK. And it wasn’t just one guy on him. We used a bunch of guys on him to keep fresh legs out there.”

“Give (the Pirates) a lot of credit,” Bowler said. “They hustled like crazy. There’s no doubt they outhustled us tonight.”

McLaughlin finished with 14 points and 11 boards, but did half of that scoring damage from the free-throw line late in the game. Eli Kalil led the Warriors with 17 points.

“They were face-guarding Connor and that hurt us a little bit,” Bowler said. “He gets frustrated when that happens. We still need to play through that and not let it bother us.”

The Pirates held onto that 16-point advantage they took into the break throughout the second half. In fact, the teams traded buckets throughout the final 16 minutes.

Perry used an 8-0 spurt that lasted about three minutes late in the first period to go up, 12-5, with 1:42 to play in the quarter. Kalil cut that deficit to four, 12-8, with a layup and a free throw, to close out the period.

Mike Walker netted 10 points and Luke Farrell added nine points for Perry.    

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Sam Going strong!

    Back on track... and still alive and kicking, er, hitting!

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 18U Outlaws split first two

    A stirring rally in their last at-bat allowed the Ohio Outlaws 18-and-under squad to prevail in its first game at the Eastern National Tournament on Thursday in Sterling, Va.

    August 1, 2014

  • UMC rolls to church title

    The Andover United Methodist Church co-ed softball team capped a successful season by applying the basics. Timely hitting and solid defense both came into play as they polished off the losers’ bracket winner, New Life Fire of Geneva, 10-4, to claim the Ashtabula Church Co-ed Softball League — Thursday Massucci Division championship.

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians Mariners sink Tribe

    Another difficult day on the trade front ended with a disappointing loss for the Cleveland Indians.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Taylor Outlaws edged by a run

    The slimmest of margins proved to be the difference in determining the outcome of a clash between the Ohio Outlaws Gold and the Virginia Shamrocks in the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals on Wednesday in Salem, Va.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Olivia-smile A Don McCormack column: Holt right at home at Mount

    When a young person from this area goes off to college and continues to play sports at the next level, we do feature stories on them.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Twin State Night at Raceway 7 next

    This week is the annual Twin State Club night at Raceway 7. Regular racing will be presented in all five divisions. With the points races nearing their conclusion the racing will be hot as August weather Friday night.

    July 31, 2014

  • Tribe Kluber twirls gem

    “The ace is gone. Long live the ace.” That’s how Indians fans might be looking at matters today.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • SB1 Let’s play another

    It pays to have the right hitters at the plate at the right time.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Outlaws roll again

    They may be Outlaws by name, but the Northeast Ohio-based Ohio Outlaws Gold are certainly running with the in crowd at the USA-ASA 16-and-under Nationals in Salem, Va.

    July 30, 2014

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video