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Perry eliminates Johnstown

Perry eliminates Johnstown
Doug Keklak
Trojan Nation 3/9/04

 INDIANA, PA-There a saying that goes "if you're cold, shoot 'till your hot.  If you're hot, shoot 'till your cold."  Johnstown fans are still waiting for Dewayne Pettus to get cold.  Pettus scored led all scorers with 22 points, including five beyond the three-point stripe, leading the Commodores to a 56-40 victory of the Trojans.
The loss ends the Trojans season but, with a 26-4 record and District 6-AAA championship, they have much to be proud of.  However, last night at IUP they met a buzzsaw of sharpshooting in the Commodores of Perry Traditional Academy out of District 8 (Pittsburgh City League champions). 
Johnstown never seemed to get into an offensive rhythm, as the Commodores pressed and trapped nearly the entire game on defense.  The Trojans mounted a small rally in the third quarter but it was too little too late as the Perry 17 point halftime lead proved to be too much to overcome.
Joining Pettus in the aerial assault were guards Brian Wilson (16 points) and Mike Mitchell (13).  However, it was Pettus that stole the show and electrified a spirited student section that made the bus trip from Pittsburgh.
Coach Chuck Franklin's squad, which improved to 24-5, will take on Moon on Friday.  Moon defeated Grove City 62-45 and should matchup well against the Commodores.
The Trojans were paced offensively by Kurt Hoffman's 16 points, while Marcus Tullis added 15.  
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