Bluejay cagers drop pair of road contests

Postseason cage action begins for Perry Feb. 22, with Woodward-Granger opening play Saturday while Panorama begins Thursday.

CARROLL — The Perry boys basketball team fell on the road both Thursday and Friday, and almost the only common factor was a mark in the loss column for the Bluejays.

Perry was blown off the court Friday by Raccoon River Conference for Carroll, who showed no mercy in posting an 88-13 win. The loss came one day after Perry dropped a 54-48 game to host West Central Valley that required two overtimes to settle.

Perry held a 22-16 halftime lead at the half Thursday, with WCV closing to within 31-28 entering the fourth quarter. Regulation ended with the squads knotted at 38-all.

The Jays trailed, 44-40, with one minute to play in the first overtime, but rallied to force a second four-minute period with the score at 44-all. They were unable to stave off the hosts in the second overtime, giving the Wildcats their first win since the opening game of the 2019-2020 season, their lone win in that campaign.

Sincere Johnson led Perry with a career-best 17 points, with freshman Brandon Mahler adding a career-high 12 points. June Rey Riesberg added seven points, Jeremy Mateso four, Caden Steva and Jordan Ochoa three each and Kaleb Lyddon two. Mahler hit three 3-pointers, with Riesberg, Steva and Ochoa each splashing one trey.

Hunter Keller hit four triples and grabbed five rebounds in leading the hosts with 25 points.

WCV finished with a lopsided advantage at the foul line. The Wildcats sank 16-of-35 free throws, with Perry attempting only nine, sinking four.

The outcome of Friday’s game was never in doubt, with Carroll (4-0, 3-0) leading, 31-4, after one quarter, and 66-7, at the break.

Perry (0-4, 0-3) was able to attempt only 27 shots, sinking only six (22.2 percent) while Carroll fired up 54 shots, connecting on 39 (72.2 percent).

Johnson had seven points, with Riesberg, Mateso and Kaelen Davis having two points apiece for the Jays.

Nick Macke (19), Kaleb Booth (12), Colby Christensen (11) and Tory Feldman (10) all reached double-digits for the Tigers.

Perry visits Gilbert Tuesday before hosting North Polk Friday. They will wrap the pre-holiday portion of their season with a visit from ADM Dec. 22.


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