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Perrydale forward Keenan Bailey prepares to shoot a free throw against Falls City on Feb. 3.
As of Wednesday, February 10, 2016
PERRYDALE — Four games and four wins in six days has Perrydale’s boys basketball team on the brink of an outright Casco League title.
The Pirates defeated Country Christian 50-30 on Feb. 1, Falls City 54-38 on Feb. 3, St. John Bosco 67-39 on Friday and Southwest Christian 60-47 on Saturday.
“When we started last summer, we talked about what we could be,” Perrydale coach Mike Lowry said. “We worked for it and worked for it, and now they’re starting to see what we can be.”
The Pirates close out the regular season at Crosshill Christian on Friday. Perrydale has already clinched a share of a league title. Win, and the Pirates win the Casco League outright.
Since starting the season 0-3, Perrydale has gone 18-2.
“We’re more refined as a team,” Keenan Bailey said. “Being back in the league, it’s like football all over again. We have to prove ourselves.”
Brant Barnes scored 16 points against Falls City and 11 points against St. John Bosco, both team highs, while Haylen Janesofsky scored 20 points against Southwest Christian.
Five different players scored in double figures during the three games: Janesofsky, Barnes, Bailey, Spencer Bibler and Devin Cruickshank.
“Everyone is chipping in a little,” Lowry said. “At the start of the year, for us to get to 60 points, Haylen would have to get to 25. He doesn’t have to anymore.”
The Pirates find themselves in a position they haven’t been in during Lowry’s tenure: front-runner. But it’s a spot his players are thriving in.
“I’ve never been in this position,” Lowry said. “My first year, we were near the top, but we had to fight from behind. This year, we’re the front-runner. I talked to other coaches about what do you do in this position. We talk about the mental stuff, being able to get up for each game and be ready mentally for playing three games in three days during the playoffs.”