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Pottsgrove mounts 4th-quarter comeback over Upper Perkiomen

Pottsgrove’s Evan White, center, drives through the defense of Upper Perk’s Nick Aron, left, and Jack Cupitt on Saturday. (Owen McCue - MediaNews Group)

The Pottsgrove boys basketball team was still looking for its first Pioneer Athletic Conference win of the season when it trailed Upper Perkiomen by nine points entering the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Frontier Division game.

Eight minutes later the Falcons were walking away with a 48-41 victory after outscoring the Indians 22-6 in the fourth quarter.

 

The sharpshooting of sophomore John Ryan McMenamin, who poured in a career-high 21 points, paced Pottsgrove (2-15), which also got seven points and 11 rebounds from Luke Kaiser. Hunter Flack led Upper Perk (3-14) with 19.

“I really think it was our hearts and how much we wanted to get that win,” McMenamin said of the comeback effort. “It’s been a long road for us, but being able to put the right pieces together and really want to get that win I think it brought us together and we were able to pull it out.”

Pottsgrove’s John Ryan McMenamin, right, scored 21 points in the Falcons’ win against Upper Perkiomen on Saturday. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

McMenamin, who knocked down four threes in the game, scored all of his points in the final three quarters. He has just one other double-digit scoring outing in his varsity career — a 17-point performance against Upper Perk on Dec. 17.

“I really think it was about the team being able to find us,” McMenamin said of his big scoring day. “Putting the pieces together and being able to come and play well on the defensive end of the floor worked well into the offense. That worked for us.”

 

Upper Perk led 11-9 after the first quarter and 19-18 at halftime. Flack scored 10 points in the third to give the Indians a 35-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Manny Allen came off the bench to score all seven of his points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons made their comeback. Nick Aron added seven points, two assists and three rebounds for UP. The Falcons held Upper Perk’s Sean Boyle, who came into the game as the PAC’s fourth leading scorer at 14.6 ppg, to just six points as he dealt with foul trouble.

 

The victory was Pottsgrove’s first win since defeating High Point Baptist Academy, 69-52, on Dec. 27. McMenamin noted the Falcons’ underclassmen hope to get a few more for seniors like Evan White and Nick Stringer in their final five games. 

“It felt really good, especially for the seniors, we’re really trying to make the most of their season,” McMenamin said. “It felt good. Everyone was really excited in the locker room after the game, and we were just happy we pulled that win out.”

Upper Perk’s Hunter Flack, right, tries to shoot over Pottsgrove’s Zion Dyches on Saturday. (Owen McCue – MediaNews Group)

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