BONDURANT — If the first quarter were any indication, visiting Perry had no right to expect to force Bondurant-Farrar into an extra four minutes of basketball.
The host Bluejays surged to 13-point lead six minutes into Tuesday’s Raccoon River Conference boys basketball tilt, but the road Jays fought their way to a small lead, then erased a four-point gap in the waning seconds to force overtime.
Each team scored four points in the first two minutes of bonus play, but it was B-F (11-8, 7-6) who put six of the final seven points in the game on the scoreboard to claim an 83-78 victory.
The guests were coming off a 70-62 win over Winterset Friday, but the setback Tuesday proved symptomatic of Perry’s inconsistent season, as it was the seventh time the Bluejays have seen a victory followed by a loss.
Perry (10-9, 7-6) had dominated B-F, 86-67, in their Jan. 12 meeting, a win fueled by 12-point advantages in the second quarter and a 10-point edge in the third.
Tuesday was a different story, as an emotional B-F squad grabbed leads of 14-4 and 19-6 in the first frame before ending the period with a 21-11 lead.
Three 3-pointers from Ryan Rathje and bombs from Solomon Pierce and Shammond Ivory and a Kyle Nevitt 3-point play sparked a Perry rally, a burst somewhat blunted by a series of baskets from Payton Duit and Dylon Storey that allowed the guests to have only a 38-35 lead at the break.
The 27-14 run mirrored the first game, but it was not followed by a similar spurt through the third stanza, as the teams continually swapped baskets before the hosts tied the game at 58-all entering the fourth quarter.
B-F led by five points early in the period and held a four-point advantage over several minutes as Perry simply could not get a defensive stop after scoring on the other end of the floor.
Rathje scored to bring Perry to within 73-71, with a traveling call leading to an Ivory basket that tied the game. Storey tried to win it with a drive in the final seconds, but Rathje swatted the shot away to force overtime.
Ivory and Janier Puente each drained a pair at the foul line to counter a pair of B-F scores as the game stood at 77-all with two minutes to play, but Story, Casey Zarr and Duit each sank two foul shots down the stretch as the hosts slipped away with the win.
Storey led B-F with 25 points while Duit — held to only eight points Jan. 12 — finished with 24 to power the home team.
Ivory had 25 points for Perry, while Rathje finished with 19. Rashon Ivory had eight points and Nevitt and Pierce seven apiece while Puente added six points and Alex Long and Connor Nielsen three apiece.
Perry will host Boone Friday in their RRC finale and will then wrap their regular season with a boys-only JV/varsity visit from Saydel Tuesday.