Even Tyrone Perry admits he didn’t know he could shoot that well.
The former standout at Brighton High — who led the Bengals to a Division 2 state championship last March — put on an incredible shooting exhibition at Cathedral High Saturday during the 2018 BABC Prep Classic.
The 6-foot-2 guard netted a career-high 52 points with 13 three-pointers to lead Woodstock Academy (Conn.) past the Tilton School, 116-90.
“I didn’t even know I could shoot that well,” Perry said with a smile after connecting on 13-of-17 attempts from long range.
Originally from Roxbury, Perry said he felt an extra level of motivation to perform in a homecoming game.
“It was a big day, I’ve got my family, friends and old coaches from Brighton out here, so it was only right to put on a show,” said Perry.
Woodstock Academy (19-1), ranked as the top prep program nationally according to a few polls, came out the aggressors from the opening tip.
Then Perry came off the bench to pour in 24 points in a 7-minute span, pacing Woodstock to a double-digit lead it would never relinquish.
“[Perry] likes coming off the bench better. He sees the game develop and then he comes in and kills it,” said Woodstock coach Tony Bergeron. “He’s in the gym nonstop.
“He’s had three games in 2018 already where he has 20-plus points in a half. Even though this is an unbelievable performance, I’m actually not super surprised.”
Perry received help from another former MIAA star in Jakigh Dottin, who led Cambridge to consecutive state titles while netting 1,000 points during his high school career. The starting point guard for Woodstock, Dottin finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, while feeding Perry for several 3-pointers down the stretch.
“[Perry] does that all the time, but today is a little different,” said the Towson-bound Dottin. “He does it in practice and we knew he could light it up like that. It was about time.”
Senior guard Marcus Zegarowski, a former state champion at Hamilton-Wenham and the half-brother of Charlotte Hornets guard Michael Carter-Williams, led Tilton (15-3) with 26 points and three assists.
But the afternoon belonged to Perry, who is weighing offers from Fordham and St. Bonaventure amongst other colleges.
“This is something that I dream of,” said Perry. “I work on my craft every single day and it’s great to see the work pay off.”Nate Weitzer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.