Perry’s basketball team’s early fourth quarter lead waned in the final minutes which culminated in a close 54-52 Raccoon River Conference loss.
At home the Bluejays (5-16, 3-11) played host to fellow avian the Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays (10-10, 5-9) in their final RRC game this season.
The Feb. 9 affair showcased a back and forth duel as the two teams battled it out for the entire 32 minutes from start to finish.
The first quarter played out well for the host who struck first with an early three point lead after a 14-11 run.
With every defensive stop Bondurant-Farrar achieved, coupled with an offensive run, the home team’s lead became a four point deficit right before the half.
Perry did not go quietly into the night as they fought back in the third quarter with 13 offensive points while holding the road team to eight to take a one point lead into the final frame.
The two teams continued to trade baskets throughout the final eight minutes but to Perry’s dismay they were outscored by three points, 18-15.
Perry’s senior Drew Levan scored a game high 20 points after finishing 9-for-20 from the floor, 2-for-4 from the line, with a team leading four assists.
Teammate and fellow senior Connor Nielsen finished second on the team in points with 12. He also pulled down eight of the team’s 30 rebounds - 25 defensive and five offensive with three blocks.
The squad finished 55 percent from the field but struggled from beyond the arc where they buried just one of their 19 attempts. The tallied nine assists, seven steals (Jacob Huffman - 4) and four blocks.
Perry host the Creston Panthers on Feb. 15, for the final game of their regular season. Four days later they make the trek to Harlan for a first round matchup versus the Cyclones.