Sunday, January 29, 2023

Perry goes wire to wire in win over Chagrin Falls

PERRY—Perry executed its game plan from wire to wire and the Pirates were rewarded with a 72-44 victory over visiting Chagrin Falls on Saturday.

The Pirates opened up the game on a swift 5-0 run and led at the end of the first quarter, 23-8.

“I think the strength of our team is defending, and forcing turnovers,” said Perry coach Al
Iacofano. “When we get out in transition through our defense, we are a pretty good basketball team.”

Jake Cubbison scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter—all from behind the arc—to spark the Pirates.

“We came into this game and we knew they were a good opponent and well-coached,” Cubbison said. “We just played as hard as we could.”

Chagrin Falls rallied in the second quarter and pulled to within 34-21 at the break.

Led by seven unanswered points from James Kosmides, the Tigers opened the third quarter on a run that cut their deficit to single digits. Kosmides finished the night with 13 points.

Chagrin Falls drained a 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter but the Pirates regained the momentum and closed out the game on a 10-0 run.

“Our defensive mentality is key,” Iacofano said. “I also thought our guys that came off the bench did a really nice job maintaining the spots we were in.”

Brayden Richards and Javin Richards matched Cubbison’s 19 points as three Pirates finished in double figures.

Kosmides and Henry Newell both scored 13 points to lead Chagrin Falls and Max Crandall added seven points.

Chagrin Falls, who dropped to 2-2, hosts Orange on Wednesday while Perry, who improved to 3-0, travels to Edgewood next week.

Brian Papesch
Papesch, an Orange High School and Notre Dame College graduate and life-long Cleveland fan, has a passion for all sports. He is focused on delivering accurate, informative, and amazing information on Northeast Ohio's finest teams and athletes.

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