SYLVANIA — It’s rare when one player is out-scoring the entire opposition, unless it happens to be early in the game.
|Perrysburg’s Nick Moschetti (24) handles the ball as Northview’s Matt Bishop plays defense against him Friday night. (Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
But Friday night midway through the fourth quarter, Perrysburg guard Nick Moschetti led Northview 43-42 — by himself.
The 6-foot-3 Moschetti broke Perrysburg’s single-game scoring record, as the Yellow Jackets thumped Northview 85-47 in a Northern Lakes League matchup.
Moschetti finished with 43 points, going 15-of-26 (58 percent) from the field. Trevor Hafner added 10 points.
Perrysburg’s previous record was 41 points, set during the 2003-04 season by Mike Dhondt.
“It feels great. But I couldn’t do it without my teammates, and the coaching staff working in the fall with me,” Moschetti said. “Our new coach, Jamie (Kachmarik), he has helped endlessly just with getting open shots.”
Perrysburg, ranked seventh in Division I, is 17-1 overall and 10-1 in the NLL. The ’Jackets lead Springfield (11-5, 7-3) by 2 1/2 games in the NLL.
Moschetti slashed a Northview defense that played relatively well, according to Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce.
Moschetti’s ability to score from anywhere shined as he cut to the basket, hit the mid-range jumper, and shot effectively from three seemingly whenever he wanted.
He finished 5-for-8 from 3-point territory.
“That’s what is tough about him. He can go down low, he can shoot the three, he can shoot the pull-up, and he can lead the fast break,” Boyce said of Moschetti. “To his credit, he’s working on all of those things in the gym and he’s added to his game each year in the offseason.”
Although he scored the majority of the points, Moschetti was not the sole reason for Perrysburg’s win.
The ’Jackets knocked down 27 shots from the field and went 22-of-29 from the free-throw line as eight different player scored.
“The team knows that when Nick is scoring it makes their shots more open and just easier,” Boyce said.
“When anybody on our team does good, we all benefit from it,” Moschetti said. “We all have guys who can score the basketball.”
Moschetti added four rebounds and six assists.
“It goes with our chemistry,” he said. “We all know where everyone wants the ball and everyone is looking to score. ... We don’t have one guy who is going to score all the time. ... Every guy has had a big game this year.”
Perrysburg’s defense was every bit as impressive as its offense, forcing 19 turnovers, 11 of which came in the first half when the ’Jackets built a 43-23 halftime lead.
“We did a good job of giving them intelligent pressure early, finishing the loose balls and then running an efficient fast break,” Boyce said.
“A lot goes to our top guys, Quinn (Thomas) and Matt (Mesker),” Moschetti said. “They are probably the best on-ball defenders that I’ve been on a team with. They make everything start with making that point-guard dribble around. It makes things easier on the wings for us trying to steal those passes.”
Moschetti, who is averaging better than 20 points per game, set the tone early scoring 13 of Perrysburg’s first 16 points. He had 19 by halftime and opened the third quarter with his own 8-3 run.
Moschetti scored Perrysburg’s first 11 points of the fourth quarter, the finale being a triple from the left wing that set the record.
“It started out just going out and playing, then a couple shots started falling,” Moschetti said. “We got it later in the third and the team kept finding me and giving me the ball. I give them all the credit. They were passing to me when they had open shots. They were screening for me when they could have been open. They really get the credit for doing it all.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 38-36. Kyle Recker and Connor Jordan led the ’Jackets with nine points each.
PERRYSBURG 85, NORTHVIEW 47
Thomas, 1-2-0—8; Mesker, 2-2—6; Zimmerman, 0-0—0; Kaczinski, 2-0—4; Moschetti, 10-5-8—43; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Jordan, 1-2—4; Hafner, 0-2-4—10; Patterson, 2-5—9; Schrock, 0-1—1; Adams, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 18-9-22—85.
Reeves, 1-2—4; Downing, 2-5—5; Afifi, 1-0—2; Rose, 1-1—3; Moebius, 0-3—3; Rodgers, 0-1-0—3; West, 4-2-0—14; Wendt, 0-0—0; Bishop, 1-1-0—5; Sample, 0-0—0; Sturt, 1-0—2; Genot, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 12-4-11—47.
PERRYSBURG 19 24 22 20 —85
NORTHVIEW 9 14 15 9 —47
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 38-36.