By Jeremy McDonald
FALLS CITY, Ore.—The challenge for Perrydale against Falls City Thursday night would how will they stop Jason Lafeyette.
David Domes calls the Mountaineer Junior one of the best players in the State when the two teams met for their Casco League rematch with the regular season coming to a close. With both the Pirates and Falls City tied in for second in the league standings behind Crosshill Christian and an surging St. Paul team on their heels, this game was big.
For the first half of the Pirates 49-36 road win was anything but smooth with the defense the Mountaineers threw Perrydale’s way, creating stops and turnovers despite the Pirates leading 21-15 at the halftime break.
“It definitely caught us off guard, I feel like we didn’t come prepared for this game. It ended up good, but I felt like we played pretty bad in the first half,” said Domes. “But once Jason started getting some fouls and he went out of the game, it was a lot better for us because with him being his size it just causes problems for us.
“And once he went out, we gathered together and said ‘we need to do this. We need to score more and we need to do so many more things right’. Turnovers killed us in that first half and throughout the game.”
Lafeyette battled through three fouls in the game, scoring six points in the first half and finished with 13 points for Falls City in the game with the Perrydale defense challenging the Mountaineers to beat them in other ways. Dillon Watkin and Jacob Labrado each contributed seven points for Falls City Thursday.
The Pirates offense showed signs of settling in during the second quarter, using a 6-0 run to build a 21-13 lead before surrendering a late basket before the end of the half. It was only the beginning.
Perrydale’s offense, knowing Lafeyette was battling fouls and were testing him whenever he was on the court defensively, came to life in the third behind Chandler Campos. The Pirates scored 20 points in the frame with Campos scoring 11 of them including three three-pointers as in one point in the second half, setting the pace for the remainder of the game.
The fire from that 47-36 defeat on January 9 drove them to making sure it wasn’t going to happen again in their second meeting.
“At halftime (Head Coach Brian Domes) reminded us of what happened at home and how that wasn’t good. We played our butts off and we wanted that win and we wanted that intensity,” said Campos, who finished with 15 points in the game. “We made sure that Jason didn’t get the ball and that’s what we did, I thought we shut him down pretty well. It was just team effort. It was a great game.
“This is a huge win. Being in that second-spot, we still got a lot of good teams to play and a lot of good games coming up and we’re going to get prepared for that. This was a hard win, we got it and it’s good.”
Josh Crawford added another 15 and Kyler Thorson contributed nine for Perrydale, who once led 45-26 in the second half, as the Pirates now have a one-game lead on Falls City and the Buckaroos for third-place in the league standings with two games to play.
“Oh it’s big. If we would have lost this, we probably would have dropped in the rankings and then we would have to play St. Paul and then Falls City for the third spot. Just making our road a lot tougher going into playoffs and go where we want to go in the future,” starts Domes.
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