Bluejays open their season with a home win against Comets

Cesar J. Toledo - Sports Correspondent
Perry’s Rashon Ivory looks for the open cutter during the 2016 season. FILE PHOTO/THE PERRY CHIEF

The Perry boys’ basketball team did something last night that took them five games last season. They recorded their first win.

In their season debut at home on Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Bluejays (1-0) extinguished the tail end of the North Polk Comets with a 58-47 victory.

“Great energy, it was a team win. Proud of the way the kids kept battling,” head coach Denny McDonnell said

Perry’s senior Rashon Ivory led the squad with 16 points. Fellow senior Brandon Kenyon scored 10 and in his Bluejay debut sophomore Brendan Ivory added six.

Off the bench and making his first appearance after the half, senior Connor Nielsen recorded eight points and three blocks in the third quarter. He finished with five blocks.

Nielsen did not see any action for during the first 16 minutes of play. The senior’s absence was felt in the first half. There was no comment on the reasoning behind the lack of minutes.

Despite Nielsen on the sidelines, the Bluejays led throughout the contest posting as much as a seven point lead, 27-20 after two quarters

It wasn’t a foregone conclusion for the Bluejays who allowed the Comets to get as close 27-26 early in the third but Nielsen’s sparked an 11-0 run which put the squad up 46-32 after three.

In the final eight minutes the Comets attempted to close the gap but a few steals and heady plays helped the Bluejays quell the attempt.

The victory marked the second time in three seasons that the Bluejays opened their home opener with a win.

The Bluejays open up conference play this Friday at home against Raccoon River Conference opponents, the Carroll Tigers.

Game and individual stats were unavailable at press time.