There was no need for a John Perkins 35-footer at the conclusion of last night’s game at Casey County.

In the rematch between these two 47th District foes, this one was all Maroons.

Perkins outscored the home-standing Rebels by himself in the first period, scoring 14 of his game-high 25 points in the frame, while his younger brother Ty Perkins played lights out all night, recording a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.

Corey Dixon meanwhile, also got in on the act for PC with 17 points and 7 boards, while shutting down Casey’s go-to guy in the middle, Keith Price.

As a result, Mark Flynn’s club snapped a two-game losing streak with a very impressive, 82-57 victory over the Rebels.

“We came out tonight and played on both ends of the floor, and there’s really nothing to knit-pick about this game from a coach’s perspective,” stated Flynn, with a huge smile across his face after the blowout victory.

“We’ve had a lot of nip and tuck games with Casey the last few times we’ve played them, but we had a lot of great individual efforts tonight,” said the PC coach. “John Perkins scored 25 points, and made great decisions with the basketball. Ty Perkins probably played the best game he’s ever played as a Maroon, had a triple-double, and also made great decisions with the ball. Corey Dixon finished down low, and he did a great job on Keith Price, who got 32 on us the last time, and we held him to 13 tonight.”

Indeed, Pulaski County put on a clinic in this one, and the Rebels had absolutely no chance.

John Perkins scored 19 of his 25 points in the opening half of play, and went off on the Rebels for 14 of those points in the first stanza, helping PC race out to a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

PC never trailed in this one, and thanks to some red-hot shooting in the first half, and the defensive gem Dixon was doing on Price, there was no need for any late heroics in this one.

Way back on December 5th in the first meeting between these two clubs at PC, it took a John Perkins three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Maroons a thrilling, come from behind 78-77 victory over Casey County.

However last night, there was no need for any last shot heroics for the maroon and white. This one was all Pulaski from the opening tip.

The Maroons led Casey County 34-24 at the intermission, as Price, who had tallied 32 points in that earlier meeting, was held to just two points in the first half, and they came inside the half’s last minute of the game.

Thanks to outscoring Casey 25-14 in the third frame, Flynn and company had this one well in hand, and had put things in cruise control, with a 59-38 lead headed into the fourth quarter.

“It was just a great, overall team effort tonight,” said Flynn. “We passed the ball really well to each other, and it was a great defensive effort by the guys as well.”

So coach Flynn, was this the best performance by your team this season?

“Yeah, it was probably was the best we’ve played for an entire game,” stated the Maroon coach. “It’s good to have a game like this, as the year progresses. We can’t be satisfied with this one however, because coming off those two losses last week, tonight makes it a little better, but we’ve got to come back into practice tomorrow and try to improve on our game even more.”

PC’s biggest lead of the night came about midway through the fourth period, when Flynn’s club went up by 29 points on the Rebels, 76-47, and that’s when the PC coach started clearing off the bench, giving his reserves the opportunity to finish things off.

With the win, Pulaski County improved to 12-8 on the season, and ran its district record to 3-1 — still leaving the Maroons with the possibility of attaining the 47th District’s number one seed for the district tourney, which by the way will be played on PC’s home floor.

Regardless of that, the fact that Ty Perkins now has about a dozen games under his belt, and the fact that PC is starting to find itself a wee bit, this is a Maroon team that many coaches within the 12th Region have Flynn and crew penciled in as a dark horse for a regional title, once the post season gets underway.

“Ty’s a nice player, but the one thing that I have to remind myself when I’m coaching him, that other people need to remember, is that he’s a sophomore in high school,” pointed out the Maroon coach. “He’s going to have good night’s and bad night’s, and we just need to work with him when he makes mistakes.”

Pulaski County will return to action on Friday night at the PC Gym, when the Maroons will host the Eagles of Madison Southern.

Tipoff for that contest is slated for 7:30 p.m.

PC 20 14 25 23 — 82

CC 12 12 14 19 — 57

Pulaski Co.—J. Perkins 25, Dixon 17, T. Perkins 16, Rowe 8, Whitis 7, Webb 5, Muse 3, Dawes 1

Casey Co.—Price 13, C. Jeffries 13, Johnson 10, Sanders 7, K. Jeffries 7, Coffman 4, Cannon 3

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