|Updated: 11:37 p.m., Perrysburg boys beat Maumee, stay perfect in NLL (12-20-12)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Thursday, 20 December 2012 22:57|
MAUMEE — Perrysburg’s boys basketball team bounced back in a big way Thursday night, as it entered a battle with unbeaten Northern Lakes League opponent Maumee.
Coming off of a disappointing seven-point loss to Start on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets put together a solid all-around game to beat the Panthers 59-46 before a sometimes rambunctious Maumee student crowd.
“We’re on their floor with their fans getting really loud. We were just trying to quiet them down,” said Perrysburg junior guard Nick Moschetti, whose two 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter separated the ’Jackets from a four-point lead.
“It was important to get our groove back on offense,” he added. “We worked a lot on our zone offense, which we really struggled with against Start.”
The win, coupled with a Bowling Green loss to Northview puts Perrysburg in a tie with Anthony Wayne atop the Northern Lakes League standings at 3-0.
BG and Maumee are both 2-1. Maumee is 4-1 overall.
“It’s a road win in the NLL,” said Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce, who improved to 4-1 overall. “The NLL is just brutal this year. Everyone in this league, you have to be ready to play every night.”
Perrysburg saw a 14-point (33-19) third-quarter lead shrink to 37-33 with 7:27 remaining in the game.
After back-to-back baskets by Shane Edwards, the Panthers went on an 11-0 scoring run that spanned just over three minutes in playing time.
Maumee’s Jason Wanamaker led the charge, scoring five points in the run. He finished with 12 points.
“They just keep coming,” Boyce said. “(Dominique) King can make a 12-point lead, six real quick and so can Wanamaker. Obviously the second half was a struggle.”
The ’Jackets ended the run with Moschetti catching fire and knocking down his two key triples.
With 7:10 left in the game, Moschetti hit a three from the left wing, and just over a minute later he followed it up with another, this time from the right elbow, giving Perrysburg a 43-33 lead.
The 6-foot-2 shooter finished the game with 18 points, which included four baskets from behind the arc.
“That’s the growth that we’ve been looking for in him,” Boyce said of Moschetti. “To not just hit (threes) in the beginning, but to hit them when the game’s on the line, to hit them in the second half.”
Edwards added his second 3-pointer of the game with 4:40 remaining, stretching the Perrysburg lead to 47-35. He finished with 16 points.
As a team, the ’Jackets hit eight shots from 3-point territory, the most in any game this season.
“We were just hitting our shots and finding the open guy mostly,” said Moschetti. “Picking them out when we didn’t have anything.”
“The nice thing about our shooting tonight is that it wasn’t streaky,” Boyce added. “It was consistent throughout the game, and that’s what we’re looking for is consistency in our offense and our transition game.”
Ending the first quarter, which saw five lead changes, Edwards gave Perrysburg a 16-12 edge, knocking down a triple with two seconds on the clock.
The ’Jackets carried that momentum into the second quarter where they out-scored Maumee 12-4, gaining a 28-16 lead at halftime.
Throughout the second quarter Perrysburg challenged the much bigger posts of Maumee, Dillon Kline (6-6), Zach Cliff (6-6) and Sam Kamer (6-5).
The three combined for 14 points in the game.
The ’Jackets’ Hayden Thomas (5-11), Matt Kaczinski (6-5) and Chris Schimmoeller (6-1) all saw time down low on the defensive end.
“We tried to mix up our defenses and give them a lot of different looks,” Boyce said. “We were able to string together a good series of defensive possessions that resulted in a couple of points in transition, and that helped open it up in the second quarter.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 52-39. Fred McClintock and Connor Jordan led Perrysburg with 10 points each.
PERRYSBURG 59, MAUMEE 46
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