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Penquis beats PCHS 56-48 in battle

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 51, December 18, 2002

By Ben Bragdon
Staff Writer

MILO Led by the strong inside play of Dustin Perkins, Penquis shook off foul trouble and pulled away in the final minutes of a tough fought battle with PCHS of Guilford to post a 56-48 boys basketball win Friday night.

With the score knotted at 38 at the end of the third quarter, PCHS looked to hold the advantage. Two of its stars, Harper Hoffman and Tyler Tracy, were beginning to forcefully assert themselves on the game, with Tracy nailing some mid-range pull-up jumpers and Hoffman taking the ball hard to the hoop. And Penquis was in some serious foul trouble, with key players Steve Kissell and Jordan Allen both sitting with 4 fouls and Perkins only a whistle away with 3 fouls.

But the intense Patriot defense began to wear on the Pirates, who started to put shots off the front rim. Penquis slowly but surely upped their lead, and as the clock wound down the Patriots controlled the ball, forcing PCHS to foul. Perkins made a number of key plays inside for the Patriots, including two big rebounds with under a minute left.

Perkins finished with 12 points on the night, including five in the fourth quarter. Kissell added 12 as well, as did Jordan Allen.

Tracy led all scorers with 18 points, and Hoffman added 11.

Penquis Coach Tony Hamlin said his players showed "a lot of heart" in the win, adding that an early season win over a strong opponent like PCHS is important for his team.

"It's a great win," Hamlin said.

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