(updated 11:55 p.m.) Napoleon boys rally to beat Perrysburg (1-25-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Thomas Schmeltz Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 25 January 2013 23:32
Perrysburg's Bryant Byrd (11), right, drives down the court as Napoleon's Levi Damman (44) defends and teammate Jordan Lauf looks on. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
NAPOLEON – A snowy day was a prequel to a snowball of an ending for Perrysburg’s boys basketball team Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets surrendered 31 fourth-quarter points as they melted down in a 57-55 Northern Lakes League loss to Napoleon. PHOTO GALLERY
The loss dropped Perrysburg to 10-5 overall and 6-3 in the NLL, as the ’Jackets have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Napoleon is 5-7, 2-7.
Perrysburg could not have been more in control of the contest with 3:40 left in the third quarter, holding a 41-18 lead.
But what transpired over the next eight and a half minutes was nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Napoleon’s pressing defense began forcing turnovers and the Wildcats started a 27-2 scoring run, giving it a 45-43 lead with 3:26 left in the game.
“We quit playing, that’s for sure,” said Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce. “They came at us hard and we didn’t play to win.”
The two teams traded baskets until it was 49-all with just 1:26 left. Napoleon’s Levi Damman broke the tie 16 seconds later with a layup and converted the traditional three-point play as he was fouled on his way up, a common occurrence for the Perrysburg defenders in the second half.
Three more free throws for Napoleon stretched its lead to 55-49, but Perrysburg’s Shane Edwards cut the lead to 55-52 with a triple with 19 seconds on the clock.
Matt Kaczinski made it 57-55 with 5.9 seconds remaining after he converted a layup and the free throw.
The Jackets stole the ensuing inbound pass and were awarded possession after a jump ball. But Perrysburg could not get a shot off after inbounding and Napoleon walked off with the improbable win.
“Apparently right now we’re not pushing the right buttons and we’re not making the right calls,” Boyce said.
Perrysburg committed 12 turnovers in the second half, compared to its five in the first half, when it built a seemingly insurmountable lead.
“If you get the turnovers, it should lead into points,” said Napoleon head coach Tim Badenhop. “When you get another team to start turning the ball over they start thinking a little bit and they started pressuring themselves a little bit.”
Napoleon’s Jordan Lauf, who will play at the University of Toledo next year, scored just eight points in the opening half.
The 6-foot-5 senior scored 14 second-half points – 10 in the fourth quarter – to finish with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Lauf, with his touch inside and ability to shoot from anywhere, made it difficult for Perrysburg to defend with any sort of consistency.
“He did a good job tonight of getting to the basket and finishing,” Badenhop said. “There’s some games where he gets to the basket but doesn’t finish.
“The guys do a good job of looking for him,” he continued. “And tonight we didn’t force it. Sometimes we have a tendency to force it, trying to get it to him when he’s not open.”
Nate Patterson and Edwards led Perrysburg with 16 points each, while Kaczinski added 12. Nick Moschetti, who is averaging just over 18 points per game, was held to six.
Early on, Perrysburg looked as if it was going to rebound in a big way from a 45-42 overtime loss to Springfield Tuesday night, when it shot just 3-of-15 from 3-point territory.
The ’Jackets opened the contest hitting 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter, but went just 1-for-8 the rest of the way.
“We’ve got to find a way to get the train back on the tracks and right now it’s a struggle,” Boyce said.

Mesker, 0-1-0­­—3; Byrd, 1-0—2; Q. Thomas, 0-0—0; Kaczinski, 3-1-3—12; Moschetti, 0-2-0—6; Schimmoeller, 0-0—0; H. Thomas, 0-0—0; Edwards, 4-2-2—16; Patterson, 7-2—16. TOTALS: 15-6-7—55.
Homan, 0-0—0; Dunbar, 1-1-3—8; Lankenau, 1-6—8; Willeman, 2-2—6; Lauf, 9-1-1—22; Damman, 5-1—11; Schlade, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 19-2-13—57.
PERRYSBURG    17    14    12    12    —55
NAPOLEON    10    4    12    31    —57
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:13

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