Boys Basketball: Team relying on returning players


Annie Brown

Dylan Anderson dunking against Basha High School.


Basketball is hoping to recover after their 79-69 loss in the Final Four to Pinnacle. The team also finished 4th in Arizona Division 6A rankings with an overall record of 19-10. Their success last season wouldn’t have been possible without head coach, Sam Duane, who has an overall record of (387-157). Before his career at Perry, Duane was head coach of Corona del Sol where he helped them win 4 straight state championships. Duane’s coaching experience will be crucial for their success this upcoming season.

The team will have to evolve after losing three key starters: Jalen Williams, Kyle Patterson, and Baurer Bongard. Williams was the starting point guard of the team and recently signed with Santa Clara University. Kyle Patterson was the starting power forward and recently signed with Air Force to play tight end. And Baurer Bongard was the starting shooting guard who was an elite shooter. The team also lost junior forward, Carter Van Hammond, who transferred to PHH Prep. Perry will have to overcome the departure of key players, but the team still has a ton of talent.

Sophomore Dylan Anderson will be a key returning player this upcoming season. Anderson is a top 10 recruit for the class of 2022 and has offers from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. His length makes him a threat on both sides of the court. With a bigger role on the team, he has the chance to have a breakout season.

Perry will kick off their season in the Welcome to the Jungle Tournament. They face Williams Field on Nov. 25th, Desert Ridge on Nov. 26th, and Basha on Nov. 27th. All games will take place at Gilbert High School. The tournament is a great way for basketball to test themselves against high level competition. Stop by and support boys basketball as they compete this upcoming season.