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Perrin boys beat Bryson

PERRIN – Going into Tuesday night’s District 21-A second-round opener, Bryson Coach Hunter Hayes said he hoped to avoid blowing a double-digit first-half lead to the Pirates, one which led to the Cowboys’ demise.

There was no double-digit lead to be had for the visitors this time but Perrin did have to overcome a second-quarter deficit. The Pirates outscored Bryson 24-5 in the second quarter and maintained the double-digit advantage throughout the second half in a 65-50 win over the Cowboys.

Perrin is now 5-1 in district play while Bryson slips to 1-5.

A pair of Anthony Pacheco free throws and Jacob Kinder’s second three-pointer put Perrin up one. Pacheco, who had 10 points in the quarter, extended the lead to six with a pair of buckets. 

Zander Tinney’s baskets for Bryson helped the Cowboys get within two. Perrin junior Sammy Hernandez had three buckets and a three-pointer as the lead went into double figures for the first time. After missing its first four shots, Perrin went 9-13 the rest of the second quarter while Bryson was 2-10 shooting to take a 36-21 lead at halftime.

Perrin nudged the lead upwards early in the third but both teams had struggled shooting the ball. Bryson going just 3-9 in the third with Perrin converting just 4-15. Each squad scored just nine third-quarter points as the lead remained at 15, 45-30, heading into the fourth quarter.

Orr and Josh Leatherwood got the lead within eight midway through the fourth but Hernandez scored on the ensuing possession and the Pirates were never threatened again.

Both teams shot fairly well, Bryson converting 43 percent of its shots (20-47) with Perrin making 42 percent (26-62). Hernandez had 23 points, Pacheco 14 and Michael Goodman 10 for the Pirates. Tinney tossed in 15 to pace Bryson with Tyce Reeves adding 12 and Orr 11.

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