The Vikings of Perkiomen Valley won their first state playoff game in their program history after taking down 2x defending champion Roman Catholic in the first round of the 6A state playoffs. Roman Catholic was looking for a 3-peat, and Perkiomen Valley had no business stealing that nail bitter by a final of 57-55.
Perkiomen Valley waltzed into the neutral game court of St. Joseph’s Prep on 17th and Girard Avenue riding a 3-game losing streak that dropped the Vikings to a number eight seed in the tournament. First-seeded Roman Catholic was the last team anyone wanted to see in the first game of these playoffs. Or were they?
Offensively, Perkiomen Valley rode every ounce of fight from senior captain Justin Jaworski, and he accounted for 27 of PV’s 57 points (47%). The Vikings jumped out to a 24-16 lead at halftime and were able to hold on to it, withstanding a late fight from Roman Catholic.
Roman Catholic exploded for 39 second half points (outscored PV 39-33), largely in part to Allen Betrand who led his team with 19 points and some crucial baskets down the stretch. Ultimately the defending champs’ sluggish start plagued them, and made a lot of Perkiomen Valley affiliates very happy.
The turning point in the game came under the 2-minutes mark: Roman holds their first lead of the second half (49-48) following a big bucket from D’kquan Davis. PV’s Jaworski continues his dazzling play, answering with an and-1 on the other end, and teammate sophomore Tyler Strechay’s extends their new lead to five after drilling two clutch free throws.
The score was 53-49, and with a 5 point lead that late in the game was too much to overcome for Roman Catholic, who have had their share of heartbreak losses this season.
Perkiomen Valley will be looking to ride the magic later this week following their biggest win in school history.
(Photo Credit: Wave Lane)