ADA - Perry's prolific twosome of Bruce Hodges and Jared Poling came into their non-conference basketball game at Ada Wednesday night averaging just under 43 points per outing.
The duo surpassed that number, combining for 45 markers to equal the Ada output as the visiting Commodores defeated the Bulldogs, 66-45.
Ada fell to 3-8 with the loss while Perry improved to 10-2.
The Bulldogs managed to stay with the speedy Commodores early, forging a 16-16 tie. But eight second period turnovers against a Perry fullcourt press helped the visitors put together runs of 9-0 and 10-0 in a 25-10 second period that effectively sealed the outcome.
"The first quarter was good, but that was about all," agreed 12th-year Ada head coach Chris Sautter. "People got too worried about creating contact instead of just shooting. People lost the ball.
"We got beat off the dribble and nobody stepped in or slid over to help out," he continued. "It feels like about one step forward and three steps backward right now."
Perry jumped ahead 9-6 before Brayden Sautter converted a pretty spin move and scoop shot down the lane. A foul shot by Levi Bass and two more Austin Dumbaugh gave Ada an 11-9 edge.
Moments later Blake Willeke banked in a southpaw shot off transition to give the hosts their last lead at 13-11.
After a short bank shot by Corey Smith, Perry took the lead back on a right wing triple by Poling. Grant McBride knotted it 16-all on left corner trey to end the first stanza in a tie.
But then Perry turned up its defensive pressure and got several easy baskets. Two baskets by Hodges plus a trifecta and transition layup by Poling comprised a 9-0 flurry in just under two minutes.
Blake Ansley stopped the run with a stickback for Ada. Yet Perry ran off 10 more unanswered points, the last four by Poling, to grab a 35-18 cushion 2:47 before the break.
Sautter converted five foul shots in six attempts to keep Ada from getting blown out. But a post-up banker by Hodges and a driving finger roll by the LCC transfer built the margin to 41-23.
Willeke splashed a left wing trey 15 seconds before intermission to pull Ada within 41-26.
Junior Poling (17) and senior Hodges (14) combined for 31 points in the first half.
"We turned the ball over too much in the second quarter, and it became a snowball effect," explained Sautter.
McBride nailed a trey from the left top and Dumbaugh muscled in a layup to start the third stanza. A right baseline runner by Sautter cut the deficit to 45-33, but that was as close as it would get.
Hodges sank a layin and then made a nice spin move off a post-up. Poling banked in a fast break shot, and a lefty layup by Xavier Monford put the Commodores comfortably ahead 53-33 heading into the final period.
Owen Conley canned a layup while Spencer Archer netted a short jumper and foul shot to make it 53-38. Hodges answered with a layup and another layin off a nice backdoor cut.
Ada canned seven of eight foul shots down the stretch. But Perry scored four more layups against the Bulldog defense, including two by Emanuel Luster, to close out the scoring.
The Commodores outscored the Bulldogs 37-17 over the middle periods to pave the way to victory.
The slashing Hodges topped all scorers with 24 points on 12 baskets, while Poling contributed 21 with the aid of three treys.
The Bulldogs converted 20 of 25 from the foul line (80 percent). Perry shot just one foul shot and splashed it. But they canned 31 baskets compared to just 11 by Ada to more than make up for the 20-1 free throw disparity.
Sautter was the lone Bulldog in double figure with 11 points. McBride netted eight and Willeke added seven.
The Bulldog reserves also fell in a 32-31 nailbiter. Conley topped the JV with eight points.
Ada 45 (3-8)
Sautter 2 7-8 11, Willeke 3 0-0 7, McBride 2 2-2 8, Dumbaugh 1 3-5 5, Bass 0 5-6 5, Archer 1 2-2 4, Ansley 1 0-0 2, Lehsten 0 1-2 1, Conley 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 11/20-25/45. 3-pointers: McBride 2, Willeke 1.
Perry 66 (10-2)
Hodges 12 0-0 24, Poling 9 0-0 21, Sanders 2 0-0 4, Harvey 2 0-0 4, Smith 2 0-0 4, Monford 1 0-0 2, Luster 3 1-1 7.
Totals: 31/1-1/66. 3-pointers: Poling 3.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 16 10 7 12 45
Perry 16 25 12 13 66
JV: Perry 32, Ada 31.
The Bulldogs (2-4 on the road) visit athletic Hardin County foe Kenton (4-5) Saturday night, January 25.
The Wildcats (2-3 at home) knocked off Marion Pleasant 74-72 and lost 81-78 to Coldwater last weekend, with both games at Kenton.