The Perry Bluejays (4-7, 2-3) recorded their second Raccoon River Conference win this season on a night that honored a former coach and celebrated team on Jan. 5.
Before the two teams stepped onto the hardwood the school recognized the 1988 Bluejays’ squad who were crowned Class 2A State Champions, the last ones to accomplish that feat.
At the same time the Perry High School took the night to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research in memory of former coach Tom Schleicher, the man who guided that 1988 squad.
The Jan. 5 event dubbed Alzheimer’s Night saw the host’s second quarter offensive serge set the tone for the eventual 74-59 victory over RRC foe, the Ballard Bombers (4-6, 3-2).
The two teams battled tough for the first eight minutes with the home team finishing a point better at 19-18.
Perry’s head coach Denny McDonnell must’ve like what he saw in the second as his squad opened up the offense with 22 points while the defense gave up 10.
“Kids really did a great job executing our game plan. Play tough defense and get out and run,” he said.
After half time the visitors’ defense gave the Bluejays a little trouble with the Bomber’s offense finally outscoring Perry -by just one point - at 12-11.
With the game well in hand the Bluejays kept pressing on the offensive pedal and they finished the fourth on a 22-19 run.
Perry senior Rashon Ivory led all scorers with 20 points after shooting 6-for-15 from the field including a 3-pointer. He also dished out five of the team’s 11 assists and added another five of the total 11 steals.
As a unit the team shot almost 37 percent from the floor, and were 50 percent from beyond the arc. They recorded 33 rebounds - nine offensive and 24-defensive and one block.
The Bluejays look to make it three wins in a row when they welcome the Boone Toreadors this Tuesday, Jan. 9th.
Game stats were unavailable.