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Saturday night, the Upper Perkiomen boys basketball team made shots ... and plenty of them.

In response, Phoenixville wasn't quite making as many early on despite a valiant effort from point guard Drew McCall, as the Indians defeated the Phantoms, 64-63.

"This is disappointing because right now we are struggling," said Phoenixville coach Bill Detweiler, whose team has now dropped six of their last seven. "They just executed better than us. We are still having a hard time understanding what it takes to get to the next level."

The Phantoms held a slim 15-14 lead after the first quarter, but fell behind 35-30 at the half.

McCall scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first 16-minutes.

Jeff Conlen and Kyle Lafferty paced the Indians in the first half and throughout much of the game finishing with 17 and 15, respectively.

But it was the offensive presence of Kyle Krum that lifted UP in this Pioneer Athletic Conference contest.

"It was nice to see Kyle finally get into a groove offensively," added Huddleston. "He is always guarding the other team's top scorer, and sometimes he doesn't get into it offensively. He was able to do that tonight, and really made some big shots for us."

Krum recorded 18 markers for the game, but none counted more during the waning moments of the third and into the start of the fourth, where he scored eight straight to help the Indians increase their lead to 56-46 with just over seven minutes left.

"It was nice to see Kyle finally get into a groove offensively," added Huddleston. "He is always guarding the other team's top scorer, and sometimes he doesn't get into it offensively. He was able to do that tonight, and really made some big shots for us."

Phoenixville never regained the lead, but came close with a tenacious full court pressure that forced UP into turnovers that the Phantoms turned into layups.

A 64-61 lead was cut to one after a steal by Alex Johnson and layup by Chris Ellis. Another steal by McCall (six for the game) with just :08 left on the clock presented the Phantoms with a last-ditch chance, but a three-point desperation shot by freshman Jon Hogga came up short giving the Indians the win.

"We know every night is going to be tough in this league," said Detweiler. "We talked during the timeouts that we needed to be patient against their zone, and we continued to rush things.

"We had a chance there, but Jon's shot came up short. He is a freshman, and that experience could allow him to hit that shot if he is in that position again."

For Huddleston and Indians, the win just continues to keep the program going in a positive direction after so many down years.

"I am really proud of the way these kids played tonight, especially after how we had played our last two games," UP coach Jeff Huddleston said. "We made shots, and really worked hard on both ends of the floor. (The Phantoms) are a good team. We could have beaten them last time at their place, but we ran out of gas (Phoenixville defeated UP 53-47). We are continuing to improve and get better over the course of the year."

NOTES ... Ryan Thomas chipped in 13 points for the Phantoms - who have now fallen to 7-5 in the PAC-10 after a 4-0 start. They currently sit in a tie for the fourth spot in the PAC-10's Final Four tournament.

Upper Perk improves to 4-9, and after consecutive winless seasons in the league, Huddleston has the Indians wrecking havouc and causing some teams some concern.

"(Upper Perk) is not a pushover team anymore," Detweiler concluded. "They are beating some people, and they will beat some more."

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