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The first-place Rams outscored the Vikings 36-20 in the second half to secure a 62-43 Pioneer Athletic Conference boys basketball victory that completed a rugged three-game week.

"I was particularly pleased with the way we responded at halftime," said Spring-Ford coach Dave Caldwell. "We had to make adjustments to what we were doing in the first half and the guys responded."

Tom Murphy recovered from early foul trouble to score 15 points, and Ryan Kraft finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Rams (12-1 PAC-10, 15-2 overall). Kraft drained three 3-point field goals.

Junior guard Mike Bukata, who torched Phoenixville for 24 points Thursday, led the Vikings (7-6, 9-8) with nine points, including one 3-pointer.

"I was pleased with our execution in the fourth quarter," Caldwell said. "We ran good sets and set good screens. That, along with the defense, was the key in the second half."

Spring-Ford outscored Perkiomen Valley 19-8 in the final eight minutes.

The Rams wound up the night shooting 27-for-55 (49 percent) from the floor, including 15-for-23 in the second half. S-F limited the Vikes to 34 percent shooting from the field (17-for-50).

Both sides struggled at the free throw line. The Rams shot 4-for-13 from the line while the Vikings shot 6-for-13.

Turnovers were also apparent throughout the contest as the Vikings committed 21 and the Rams 15.

Spring-Ford took an early 11-2 lead in the first five minutes of play, capped by Kraft's steal and thunderous slam dunk. But the Vikings used a 10-4 run to creep within 15-12 after the opening period.

A 6-0 run at the outset of the second quarter put the Vikings in front 18-15. But the Rams finished the second period in strong fashion with a 9-2 run to produce a 26-23 halftime lead.

Drew Kurtz and Billy Mengel each had seven points for the Rams, who got solid efforts from 10 players. Point guard Julius Lopez, battling sickness and foul trouble, ended up with six. Mike Krajnik filled his spot in the lineup during much of the game, and Caldwell liked his work.

Matt Panzarella came off the bench to net one trey and seven points for the Vikes and Ryan Casey had six. Jeff Doyle pulled seven rebounds while Sean Parkins and sophomore Jeff Scholl each corraled six boards.

The Rams outrebounded the Vikings 38-34.

"We think Perkiomen Valley is one of the most improved teams in the league in the second half of the season," Caldwell said. "Coach (Jim) Genuardi has them playing hard. They jumped out 40-15 on Phoenixville, which is unbelievable. We are pleased to come out of here with the victory."

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