CLINTONVILLE — After a 12-0 Plattsburgh High run to start the fourth quarter, Peru boys’ basketball coach John Clemons had enough and decided to call a full timeout.
The points of emphasis — relax and regroup.
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The Indians (13-6) recovered for a 12-3 run of their own during the final two minutes of regulation en route to 51-46 defeat of the Hornets (10-9) in the Section VII Class B semifinals Saturday night.
“I told them not to let the crowd get into their emotions,” Clemens said. “Fortunately, we were able to battle back and show some resiliency.”
Peru will face second-seeded Beekmantown in the championship Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Field House for 3:30 p.m.
Upset-minded Plattsburgh High grabbed a 23-18 halftime lead with the help of six second-quarter points from Mike O’Connor.
However, Conor Casey and Tim Remillard each contributed seven markers in the third stanza before Hunter Bruno capped the monumental 21-9 run with a miraculous 50-footer at the buzzer to extend Peru’s lead to 39-32.
“We ended switching up to man-to-man defense,” Clemons said. “Our guys got after it, pressured them a little bit and forced some turnovers. I think (Casey) hit a big three and then they came down and hit a three right back. (Bruno) hit the big half-court shot with time running out, so it was huge.”
After Remillard fouled out with 3:15 to go and three players on the floor with four fouls, the Indians used their depth to their advantage.
“We have very good depth,” Clemens said. “We have 10 or 12 guys who can come out and really give us something if we do get in foul trouble.”
Casey paced Peru with 15 points, while Mackenzie LaRocque chipped in for 10.
Plattsburgh’s Taoufik Maknani matched Casey’s game-high with 15 on the night, including three 3-point field goals. Damon LaBorde (8) and Garrett Frady (7) combined for 15 markers.