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March 3, 2013

B'town captures first title in more than decade

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PLATTSBURGH —

The junior guard drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter, while Ryan chipped in with eight points on the inside.

“We are at our best when we have balance,” Converse said. “Keegan’s consistent, but when guys step up it creates balance and we are so much harder to stop.

“It was big for us to get off to such a good start.”

The Indians would cut into the lead slightly in the second quarter, but the Eagles maintained the lead at the half, 31-21.

Beekmantown, though, would push its lead to 13 at the end of the third quarter as Ryan finished the quarter strong.

Through three he had accumulated 25 of his game-high 27 points.

The fourth quarter, however, would belong to Peru.

Conor Casey opened the quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Indians life. Bruno then did his best to put Peru on his shoulders, but the comeback bid would fall just short.

“(Bruno) hit about six jumpers that were huge,” Indians coach John Clemons said. “We had a set play the last couple of possessions and we gave him the green light because he was on fire. He had a step-back 3-pointer and it rattled in and out. Sometimes that will happen, I guess.

“We played with heart the entire game, especially down the stretch. Even after losing Timmy (Remillard) to fouls. They never gave up and I am very proud of our guys.”

Ryan added 18 rebounds to go with his 27 points. Manney finished with 14 points, while Stevens added nine points and five steals.

Casey led the way for the Indians with 14 points. Bruno tallied 13 points, while Remillard finished with nine. Bret Boyer hauled in seven rebounds.

“It feels great,” Ryan said. “Everything coming together and to be able to win a sectional championship my senior year — indescribable.”

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