Updated 11 p.m., Perrysburg boys beat Lima Senior (2-27-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:46
FINDLAY — Perrysburg’s boys basketball team started slowly Wednesday night.
But once the Yellow Jackets found their game, they played well offensively and defensively in a 55-42 win over Lima Senior in a Division I sectional semifinal at Liberty-Benton High School.
Shane Edwards scored 18 points, Nick Moschetti added 14 and Nate Patterson had 12 to lead Perrysburg, which held LS to eight points in each of the final two quarters.
Perrysburg trailed 12-4 almost five minutes into the game, but rebounded to lead 16-14 after one quarter and 27-26 at the half.
The Yellow Jackets, 14-8 overall, play second-seeded Fremont Ross (also 14-8) for a sectional title Friday night at 6:15. LS finished 7-16.
“We were really nervous at the start, being a tournament game,” said Edwards, who also had five steals and four assists.
“But the coaches calmed us down at the half and that helped us. We played well in the second half.”
Perrysburg took control during the final five minutes of the third quarter when it scored eight straight points for a 39-32 lead with 52.5 seconds to play in the period.
Nick Moschetti scored on an offensive rebound, Edwards converted a steal into a layup, Patterson made two three throws and Bryant Byrd scored on a layup in transition.
LS rallied to within 41-38 with five minutes left in the game, but Perrysburg responded with nine unanswered points for a 50-38 lead with 2:03 to go.
The Yellow Jackets made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 4:38 and were 14-of-18 from the line in the game. The Spartans were only 10-of-18 from the line.
Perrysburg shot 46 percent from the field, making 19-of-41 attempts. The Yellow Jackets had a good mix of inside and outside scoring, and drove the ball to the basket.
Patterson provided a post presence with all of his points coming in the second half, while Moschetti and Edwards also had the hot hand from the field against a zone defense.
Moschetti and Edwards combined to average 34 points per game this season, while Patterson is shooting 69 percent from the field.
Perrysburg had 12 turnovers to 16 for LS.
“We executed well offensively in the second half,” Edwards said. “We stressed our zone offense, and we passed the ball well and made our shots.”
Edwards had 16 of his points in the first half, but was double-teamed in the second half.  
“(Edwards) got us going in the first half,” Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce said. “He did a really nice job of distributing the ball when they started to double-team him in the second half. He handled the ball really well, too.”
Perrysburg held the athletic Spartans to just five field goals and six free throws in the second half. Edwards and Moschetti did a good job defending against the Spartan guards in the final two quarters.
The Yellow Jackets finished the game on a 14-4 run. Perrysburg scored six of its final seven possessions, while LS scored only two of its final 12 possessions.
The Spartans were only 5-of-24 from the field in the second half after going 11-of-26 in the first half.
“We rebounded really well and our defense was better in the second half,” Boyce said. “They made a lot of shots in the first half and I’m not saying we didn’t think they could keep making them, from that standpoint, there were certain shots we were willing to give up.”
Byrd had 10 rebounds and three assists, while Matt Kaczinski had six rebounds. Byrd also did a solid job of handling the Spartans’ pressure defense.
“We can score with anybody, but when we play defense and rebound, we’re tough to beat,” Edwards said.
The Yellow Jackets still trailed 14-6 after their slow start, but they scored the final 10 points of the first quarter to take a 16-14 lead.
Edwards scored on a drive to the basket, Moschetti made a 3-pointer after a steal, Edwards turned a layup into a three-point play after a steal and assist by Moschetti, and Edwards converted a steal into a layup.
“Our defense got us a couple of open-court plays,” Boyce said. “(Moschetti) hit the big (3-pointer) off a steal and that loosened us up. We were tentative passing the ball early. Every time we got the ball in the middle, we were really tentative. Once we calmed down, we started making some better decisions.”

D. Allen, 3-3—9; Simpson, 2-2—6; B. Allen, 1-0—2; Gunn, 0-0—0; Stafford, 8-1—17; Flowers, 2-0—4; Dillingham, 0-0—0; Graham, 0-0—0; Bingmon, 0-4—4. TOTALS: 16-10—42.
Byrd, 1-1—3; Kaczinski, 1-2—4; Moschetti, 3-1-5—14; Edwards, 6-1-3—18; Patterson, 5-2—12; Mesker, 0-0—0; Schimmoeller, 0-1-1—4; Thomas, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-3-14—55.
LIMA SENIOR    14    12    8    8    —42
PERRYSBURG    16    11    12    16    —55
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:55

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