Updated: 12:05 a.m., BG boys hold off Maumee (2-15-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Godfrey Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 15 February 2013 23:23
MAUMEE — The good news for Bowling Green is, that over the last week, the Bobcats have won three Northern Lakes League games by a total of seven points.
The bad news is that in the last two contests, the Bobcats have lacked the killer instinct and have executed poorly at times in allowing their opponent to storm back from double-digit deficits.
Up 45-26 with 4:59 remaining in the third quarter, BG hung on to down Maumee 66-62 Friday. At the heart of the near collapse was poor shot selection, Maumee’s dribble penetration, and the Panther’s ability to dominate the boards, 42-27.
“We did something that’s really easy to do; we got a little complacent,” said BG senior Nolan Dill. “We were satisfied with what we were doing at that point of the game, and we started getting away from what we were doing to give us success in the first half. We were shooting a lot from the outside, not working the ball around on offense, and that led to some transition buckets for them.”
“You’ve got to keep making good shots and keep pushing the ball,” said BG coach Von Graffin, whose team improved to 12-9 on the season and 9-4 in the league. “They slowed us down a little bit in that third quarter, and we took some shots that were maybe ill-advised. (We were) not getting touches, not getting good looks.”
In the third quarter, the Bobcats were just 3-of-17 from the field and 1-of-9 from downtown while misfiring on their final 11 field goal attempts, seven of which were treys. BG did little to attack the Maumee zone and, at times, perimeter dribbling went nowhere.
In the final two minutes of the third period, the Panthers (13-7, 6-7) made a 10-0 run to pull to within 45-38 with 15.9 seconds to go. BG led 47-38 heading into the final period.
“They were getting to balls, we helped, and we weren’t doing a very good job of checking (out) on that backside,” said Graffin.
“They were playing hard, attacking the boards, and they got some offensive rebounds and it kept them in the game,” said Dill.
After going 5:11 without a field goal, the Bobcats appeared to stem the tide at the start of the final quarter on a driving layup by LaMontá Stone and two inside hoops by Dill to lead 53-40 at the 6:07 mark. Maumee answered as Dominique King, who scored six of his 20 points during another 10-0 Panther spurt, pulled to within 53-50 with 4:58 left.
“They got some momentum, hit a couple of shots, and pretty soon it’s a four- or five-point game, and they’re right back in it,” said Dill who scored nine points.
BG’s Vitto Brown, who had a game-high 27 points but was held scoreless in the opening period, hit a straight-on 3-pointer at 4:19. Over the next two minutes, Maumee pulled to within 58-55 before Brown nailed another trey at 1:49 giving the Bobcats a 61-55 edge. Two inside hoops by Maumee posts sandwiched a BG free throw making it 62-59 BG with 28 seconds left.
After BG misfired on the front end of a one-and-one, Maumee couldn’t convert a wide-open corner 3-pointer which would have tied the game. Brown sank four free throws in the final 18.5 seconds to secure the Bobcat victory.
“They kept coming at us and coming at us, but we made some foul shots down the stretch to finish it,” said Graffin. “The things we didn’t do well tonight, we can address and get better.”
Andrew Herringshaw got the Bobcats rolling early, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter, which BG controlled 15-6. Dill, always active and consistently team-oriented, notched BG’s other five points.
“I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help my team win the game; that’s the ultimate goal,” said Dill. “Points, rebounds, stuff on the stat sheet, it doesn’t really affect what I do out there.’’
Brown’s nine second-quarter points allowed BG to maintain a double-digit lead the entire quarter, which ended with BG taking a 38-22 bulge into the break.
On the night, BG was 22-of-57 (39 percent) from the field, 7-of-24 from downtown, and 15-of-19 from the free-throw line. The Panthers were also 39 percent (26-of-66) from the field, 4-of-21 from beyond the arc, and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.
Maumee blistered the BG junior varsity team 69-35. Trent Hinton led BG with 11 points.

Stone, 2-5—9; Donaldson, 0-0—0; Herringshaw, 4-2-2—16; E. Gardner, 1-1-0—5; M. Gardner, 0-0—0; Brown, 4-4-7—27; Dill, 4-1—9. TOTALS: 15-7-15—66.
King, 6-1-5—20; McGovern, 5-2-0—16; Wanamaker, 2-1-0—7; Mauro, 0-0—0; Kline, 3-1—7; Utter, 0-0—0; Cliff, 4-0—8; Kamer, 2-0—4. TOTALS: 22-4-6—62.
BGHS    15    23    9    19    —66
MAUMEE    6    16    16    24    —62
Junior varsity: Maumee, 69-35.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 01:05

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