Perry’s boys’ high school basketball team dropped back to back games in less than a week after opening up the season with a win.
This past Saturday, Dec. 2, the Bluejays (1-2, 0-1) suffered their second loss of their young season in a 79-58 contest versus the Des Moines Christian Lions (3-0).
At Des Moines the Bluejays’ and Lions opened up the first quarter fighting for team superiority with the home team slightly gaining the upper hand at 18-17.
The small deficit increased ninefold after the Lions added another 24 points in the second quarter while holding the Bluejays to 16.
After the half the Bluejays did their best to keep the game within reach as they managed 15 points but allowed the Lions another 19.
It was all Lions in the final eight minutes. The host’s defense pounced on the Bluejays who only scored 10 points and gave up 18.
The duo of Perry’s seniors, Connor Nielsen and Drew Levan scored 15 points each. Nielsen finished shooting 50 percent from the floor while Levan eclipse 35 percent.
As a team the Bluejays shot 38.4 percent from the field including 29.4 percent from three, 56.5 percent from the line, with 30 rebounds led by Nielsen’s seven, 11 assists, three steals and three blocks.
The loss was the second for the Bluejays who on Dec. 1, dropped a Raccoon River Conference home opener to the Carroll Tigers (1-1, 1-0), 78-60.
It was a tale of two quarters for the Bluejays who saw themselves tied at the half after overcoming a 16-9 first with a 17-10 second quarter.
In the third the Bluejays couldn’t stop the Tigers’ offense who finished the quarter on a 37-15 run and a commanding 22 point lead.
The host clamped up their guests in the final quarter where they allowed 15 points but managed only 19.
Levan led the squad with 22 points, Nielsen pulled down six of the team’s 26 boards and had all three of the squad’s blocks. ,
Senior Rashon Ivory dished out four of the 11 assists to go along with two of the six team steals.
The Bluejays looked to erase their two game skid on Tuesday, Dec. 5 when they traveled to Grimes to faceoff against the Mustangs of Dallas Center-Grimes.