|(updated: 10:27 p.m.) Perrysburg boys now 7-0 after beating Whitmer (12-28-13)|
|Written by By THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 28 December 2013 22:19|
PERRYSBURG — Physicality did not hurt Perrysburg’s boys basketball team in the least bit Saturday night.
Seeing different styles of play on almost a nightly basis has become a regular occurrence for the Yellow Jackets.
It was no different in Perrysburg’s 68-54 win over Toledo Whitmer, which moved the ’Jackets to 7-0 this season.
Bodies colliding, slaps to the arm, a hip check here and there — it was all part of the norm against the quick, athletic Panthers.
“It was physical and they kept bringing people in. The bench was important on both sides because of how physical it was,” said Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce.
“The referees let a lot of physical play go. But they let it go both ways,” he continued. “For the most part, at the basket, they were calling fouls. They weren’t giving you much if you pulled up from 18 (feet) or 15 (feet).”
It all became just another roadblock for Perrysburg to overcome.
The ’Jackets responded collectively as four players reached double figures with Nick Moschetti leading all scorers with 18 points.
Quinn Thomas stayed on his scolding shooting streak, with 15 points, which included three 3-pointers. Thomas, who was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, has connected on seven triples and scored 33 points in his last two games.
“We’ve got some heady guys. We’ve got some experienced guys,” Boyce said. “We’ve got to give our point guard (Thomas) some credit too. He’s a poised kid who sees the floor well, who adapts well to whatever the defense is throwing at him.”
Forward Matt Kaczinski scored a season-high 13 points and collected seven rebounds, while Nate Patterson added 10 points and five boards.
Boyce praised the two down low for their ability to get rebounds at opportunistic times, keeping Whitmer sophomore Kemontrece Collins from getting second-chance points.
The 6-foot-3 Collins, an active and relentless rebounder, scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards, but just one offense rebound.
“We hit the boards real well, and that’s where some our inside guys had their points,” Boyce said.
Jonathon Ashe led Whitmer (2-5) with 17 points, while Samuel Hickey added 15, relying heavily on his 3-point shot.
Trailing 38-21 with 4:58 left in the third quarter, Hickey led a Panther surge that cut Whitmer’s deficit to 42-35 in just under three minutes.
Hickey hit all four of his 3-pointers in that stretch, with all four shots being fairly uncontested.
“We flat out lost him three straight times there (in the third quarter),” Boyce said of Hickey. “We knew he was a shooter. We were focused on him early and he sort of didn’t do much until then. We lost concentration on him.”
With some inconsistency in Perrysburg’s opening six games, Kaczinski’s inside play was encouraging Saturday night.
Kaczinski, a 6-foot-5 senior, played without any sign of hesitation on the offensive end — evidence by him scoring Perrysburg’s first four points. Of his team-high seven rebounds, four came offensively.
“He hit the offensive boards hard. ... Part of the way of their stopping the inside game is their helping over, doubling down, and that sort of opens up that backside rebound and we were able to get that sometimes,” Boyce said.
“A bunch of guys made hustle plays tonight.”
Perrysburg is idle until Friday, when it hosts Northview as part of a boys/girls varsity doubleheader.
The ’Jackets won the junior varsity game, 40-36. Kyle Recker led Perrysburg with 21 points.
PERRYSBURG 68, WHITMER 54
Boykin, 0-0—0; Harvey, 0-0—0; Hickey, 1-4-1—15; Collins, 4-2—10; Williams, 0-0—0; Schneider, 0-1—1; Ashe, 5-7—17; Triplett, 3-1-0—9; Elliott, 0-0—0; Parker, 1-0—2; Kurdys, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 14-5-11—54.
Thomas, 0-3-6—15; Mesker, 0-0—0; Zimmerman, 3-0—6; Kaczinski, 5-3—13; Moschetti, 4-3-1—18; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Hafner, 1-1-1—6; Patterson, 5-0—10; Schrock, 0-0—0; Adams, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 18-7-11—68.
WHITMER 10 9 16 19 —54
PERRYSBURG 13 20 14 21 —68
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 40-36.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 28 December 2013 23:27|
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