Updated: 11:39 p.m., Hot-shooting Ottawa-Glandorf beats Perrysburg boys (2-16-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 23:23
OTTAWA — It’s fair to say Perrysburg’s boys basketball team was caught by surprise Saturday night at Ottawa-Glandorf.
It’s also fair to say that any team would have been caught by surprise.
The Titans, ranked sixth in Division III, used a remarkable 3-point shooting effort to help them defeat Perrysburg 58-50 in a nonleague matchup.
O-G was a solid 23-of-41 (56 percent) from the field. But the impressive stat that left spectators talking after the game was that the Titans were 8-of-11 (73 percent) from 3-point territory.
“They shot better than we thought they could,” said Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce. “They moved the ball extremely well and every guy who was open made their shots.
“It was totally against every scouting report we had, or got from anyone else,” he added. “And for that, you’ve got to give them credit.”
Perrysburg’s perfect effort from beyond the arc in the first quarter made it seem as if the contest was going to be a shootout from start to finish.
The Yellow Jackets were 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes, with junior Nick Moschetti connecting on four of those.
O-G and Perrysburg combined to shoot 9-of-10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter, and 17-of-31 (55 percent) for the game.
Moschetti finished with a game-high 25 points, which included six triples.
But Perrysburg’s efforts on the offensive end did not last the entirety of the game, like that of O-G’s.
Midway through the third quarter, with Perrysburg trailing 36-31, the Titans went on an 11-0 run to stretch their lead to 47-31. Nate Patterson stopped the bleeding with two free throws, leaving O-G with a 47-33 advantage with 2:32 to go in the third.
A traditional three-point play, followed by triples from TJ Metzger and Caleb Siefker, started the Titan run. Metzger capped it off with a coast-to-coast layup off of a Perrysburg turnover.
Metzger scored 23 points for O-G as he hit five 3-pointers.
Overall in the third quarter, where the Titans opened up the game, Perrysburg shot just 1-of-10 from the field as it was out-scored 15-4.
O-G led 49-33 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t think they could keep scoring at that pace, and then when the game was at the critical time, we had a couple shots that just didn’t go in,” Boyce said.
“That stretch from six minutes in the third to two minutes in the third, if it goes the other way, it’s a ball game. It just didn’t.”
Perrysburg trailed 20-19 after the first quarter and kept in reach until the end of the second.
Patterson tied the game at 27-27 with 4:04 to go in the first half, but Perrysburg had five consecutive empty possessions before Bryant Byrd’s layup with 15 seconds to go.
O-G took a 34-29 lead into the half.
“That was critical ... A couple of our shots were really good and a couple of times our shots were pretty high degree of difficulty,” Boyce said. “That gave them a little bit of a leg up going into the third quarter, there’s no doubt about it.”
The ’Jackets made a slight, but never alarming run in the fourth quarter where they out-scored the Titans 17-9.
In the final eight minutes Perrysburg forced nine turnovers and hit four of its nine total 3-pointers.
Shane Edwards, who scored 18 points for the ’Jackets, scored nine of his points in the fourth and closed the game on back-to-back triples.
O-G won the junior varsity game 53-39. Kenny Zimmerman led Perrysburg with seven points.

Mesker, 0-0—0; Byrd, 1-0—2; Kaczinski, 0-1—1; Moschetti, 3-6-1—25; Schimmoeller, 0-0—0; H. Thomas, 0-0—0; Edwards, 4-3-1—18; Patterson, 1-2—4. TOTALS: 9-9-5—50.
Beckman, 0-0—0; Kaufman, 1-0—2; Westrick, 0-0—0; VonSossan, 1-1-0—5; Schroeder, 0-0—0; Leopold, 0-1—1; Rosebrock, 8-1—17; Siefker, 0-2-0—6; Bramlage, 2-0—4; Metzger, 3-5-2—23; Alt, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 15-8-4—58.
PERRYSBURG    19    10    4    17    —50
O-G    20    14    15    9    —58
Junior varsity: O-G 53-39.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 00:39

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