(Updated: 10:41 p.m.) Perrysburg boys dismantle Bobcats (01-17-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 17 January 2014 22:23
Perrysburg's Matt Kaczinski (20) denies a shot by BG's Ryan Ludwig (41). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Hiding behind the scoring of Nick Moschetti and Nate Patterson is Perrysburg forward Matt Kaczinski.
Moschetti and Patterson entered Friday night’s game at Bowling Green averaging 22.5 and 12.2 points per game, respectively, giving the Bobcats every reason to send focus their way.
The problem for BG? — It left Kaczinski open inside all night.
The 6-foot-4 senior scored 19 points to lead four Yellow Jackets in double figures as Perrysburg dismantled the Bobcats, 93-54 in a Northern Lakes League game.  PHOTO GALLERY
Perrysburg, ranked 11th in Division I, is 11-1 overall and 6-1 in the NLL, while BG fell to 2-10, 1-6.
“Kaczinski was very active. He got the ball in good spots because he was very active,” Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce said. “He got some rebounds. ... And people found him or came to him and he was in position to score and he dropped them in.”
Moschetti and Patterson each added 14 points for Perrysburg, not to the surprise of BG coach Mark Malinowski. But what was surprising to the first-year Bobcat coach was Kaczinski’s effort.
“We certainly weren’t expecting that,” he said. “You’ve got to give him credit, he did a heck of a job.
“Moschetti and Patterson have scored the ball real well for them this year, so obviously our focus during the week is on them,” Malinowski added. “Give Perrysburg credit. They had other guys step up.”
BG’s Lamontá Stone scored a game-high 22 points, but Cam Carsey’s nine points were as close as any other BG player got to double figures.
The ’Jackets were strong in all phases from the start, jumping out to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter with Kaczinski scoring 12 points in that span.
After a Carsey bucket to start the second quarter, Perrysburg’s Connor Jordan hit a 3-pointer from the left wing igniting a 9-0 run which stretched the lead to 37-11.
Jordan, who scored 13 points, hit his second of three triples later in the quarter, helping the ’Jackets to a 57-22 halftime lead.
“When they’re hitting shots it deflates you in some way,” Malinowski said. “They were competing early on, but once Perrysburg started getting on a roll there, it was tough. It was tough for our kids to deal with that, and I felt that we did stop competing a little bit in that first half.”
Perrysburg, which had all but one player on its active roster score, took its biggest lead midway through the third on a Patterson basket to push the score to 70-28.
BG’s offense struggled to find any consistency and was hounded by a flying Perrysburg defense, which had been taxed in recent close games against Southview and Anthony Wayne.
“We went into it with a very specific game plan respecting each of those guys, and we played that way,” Boyce said.
For Kaczinski, who has improved steadily all year, his 19 points were a season-high.
“Ever since Sandusky Perkins, he’s been getting better with every game, getting more confident with every game,” Boyce said. “Early on, he wasn’t as comfortable with his hands. Now he’s slowing down a little bit, he’s got his feet underneath him, he’s catching the balls cleanly and his confidence has gone up every game, and obviously we’re seeing the results of that.”

Thomas, 1-1-1—6; Mesker, 1-2-0—8; Kaczinski, 8-3—19; Moschetti, 4-2-0—14; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Jordan, 2-3-0—13; Hafner, 1-1-2—7; Patterson, 6-2—14; Schrock, 3-0—6; Adams, 3-0—6. TOTALS: 29-9-8—93.
Stone, 5-2-6—22; Stewart, 0-2-0—6; Donaldson, 0-0—0; Walker, 0-0—0; Hinton, 0-2-0—6; Gardner, 2-1-1—8; Markey, 0-1-0—3; Leader, 0-0—0; Ludwig, 0-0—0; Carsey, 4-1—9; Riggs, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 11-8-8—54.
PERRYSBURG    28    29    20    16    —93
BGHS    9    13    17    15    —54
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 January 2014 09:14

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