June 13, 2009

Appling and Lucas-Perry square off at Izzo Shootout

EAST LANSING � As a sophomore point guard, Patrick Lucas-Perry led Flint Powers to a Class B state championship. On Friday afternoon at the Tom Izzo Spartan Shootout, the 5-foot-11 standout from the Class of 2011 led his school team past the defending Class A champion Detroit Pershing in the second of three games played by the Powers on Friday.

Lucas-Perry spent some of the game matched up against Michigan State 2010 commitment Keith Appling. Lucas-Perry used the match-up as motivation and the Powers star played well against the Spartan commitment.

Lucas-Perry took Appling off the dribble and scored on handful of occasions and easily shook the Doughboy underclassmen trying to carve out their spot on the Pershing's roster after the graduation of several standouts from last year's championship team.

Lucas-Perry and Appling each scored more than 20 points. Appling started the game red-hot, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers and adding a knifing lay-up as Pershing jumped out to a 15-7 that forced the Chargers to call a timeout.

Powers then closed the gap with a pair of 3-pointers by Lucas-Perry before building a double-digit lead in the second half behind the play of the dynamic 2012 point guard and veteran standouts like Patrick O'Brien and DeMarco Sanders.

Appling buried three triples in the final minute of play to making the game interesting, but Lucas-Perry and his teammates were solid at the free-throw line in crunch time and held on for a win over a Pershing team that rebounded with an impressive win over Kalamazoo Central in a rematch of the Class A state title game.

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