PLATTSBURGH — When the Peru and Beekmantown boys’ basketball teams square off in today’s Section VII Class B title game, area fans can expect two contrasting philosophies on the court.
The top-seeded Indians (13-6), who heavily rely on their athleticism and depth, will look to fend off an intimidating Eagles (12-7) post presence in a championship bout at the Plattsburgh State Field House for 3:30 p.m.
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The two teams split the regular-season series at one game apiece.
Peru lost the first of two contests on the road Jan. 10, 66-57, before collecting a 56-50 win Feb. 13.
“It’s definitely going to be a defensive battle,” Indians coach John Clemons said. “We’re really expecting a tough, physical game. Keegan (Ryan) is probably averaging close to 15 rebounds a game, and we’ve got a couple of guys with some size that can hopefully put a body on him and limit his offensive and defensive rebounds.”
Peru, which advanced to the championship game with a 51-46 defeat of Plattsburgh High last Saturday, is led in scoring by Tim Remillard and Conor Casey. The two average 12.1 and 11.3 points per game, respectively.
Clemons said his team’s ability to spread the floor will potentially influence the outcome of the game.
“We have four or five guys who can shoot from outside,” Clemons said. “We would like able to run the floor as much as possible and use our athleticism. I feel like we’re a very athletic and deep team.”
Bret Boyer (9.4), Mackenzie LaRocque (7.6), Tyler Lemza (5.1) and Hunter Bruno (4.9) are all likely to receive significant playing time, while Clemons said others will come off the bench and make notable contributions.
“We have Nick Demarais, a senior, who comes out as a guard and plays pretty good defense,” Clemons said. “Ian Spear is our big defensive stopper and gives us some very good minutes. Rivelino Hendricks is only a sophomore, but he did an excellent job against (Ryan) last time inside.”