|(updated: 11:46 p.m.) Perrysburg boys down AW, 53-41, in sectional matchup (2-28-14)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Friday, 28 February 2014 23:24|
The familiar foes know each others ins and outs and recent scores show it. PHOTO GALLERY
The two met for the third time this season Friday night in a Division I sectional final, and the Yellow Jackets claimed the season series with a 53-41 win at Otsego High School.
The Northern Lakes League rivals have faced off nine times in the last three years. Including Friday night’s game, the average margin of victory for each team this season was just five points per game.
Perrysburg led 42-38 with 5:26 to play before the ’Jackets scored 11 of the game’s final 14 points.
“When you face a team for the third time, it doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s, it comes down to who has more heart and who wants it more,” said Perrysburg center Nate Patterson.
“By the time you get them to the third game, you already know all their plays and you know everything about them.”
The ’Jackets beat AW 48-46 on Jan.14 before losing 50-49 on Feb. 11.
“We played more as a team than the first two games and that’s why we came out so big,” said Patterson, who scored 18 points.
Perrysburg (20-3) plays Findlay (17-5) Thursday at 7 p.m. in a district semifinal at Otsego.
In a game that was never separated by more than five points until the third quarter, Perrysburg created a gap with timely rebounding and timely shots.
Holding a 31-28 lead late in the third quarter, the ’Jackets used a 10-0 run to take a 41-28 lead with 7:09 to play.
Quinn Thomas sparked the run with a 3-pointer from the left corner and Patterson followed with a wide-open 15-footer with 1.5 seconds left in the third quarter.
“Once you start hitting a couple shots, everybody just starts getting a little confidence,” Patterson said.
“They just passed the ball,” he said of the last-second shot. “I usually don’t shoot in a game from more than two feet, but I just caught it and was like, ‘why not,’ and I just threw it up there.”
Nick Moschetti, who scored a game-high 21 points, hit his only triple of the game to open the fourth, and Trevor Hafner capped the run with an up-and-under inside.
“We had talked all week that we had, had our chances in the first two games to get control. And even though we won one, we never were in control of any of those games,” Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce said. “I told the kids that moment is going to come and when it does tonight, we’re going to take advantage of it. We seized the moment.
“That gave us the pad we needed until the end.”
Perrysburg led 19-16 at halftime, but its defense and a 9-3 rebounding advantage in the third quarter helped it gain the momentum it needed.
Matt Kaczinski had three offensive rebounds in the third, playing a big part in holding to AW to just seven field-goal attempts in the span.
Kaczinski finished with 12 rebounds.
“Matt Kaczinski gave us a huge lift in the third quarter with his rebounding, and then down the stretch with some loose balls. He was big in the second half,” Boyce said.
Perrysburg held AW standouts Matt Fox and Jake Reid to a combined 24 points, with Fox accounting for 18 of those.
The Generals (13-8) shot just 14-for-48 (29 percent) from the field, including 4-of-17 in the fourth quarter.
“(Perrysburg) threw a couple gimmick defenses at us that we had prepared for, that we predicted they probably would do,” AW coach Bryan Borcherdt said. “For the most part we executed pretty well, but we just didn’t shoot the ball well tonight.
“We knew those were shots we were going to have to bury, and we didn’t bury them. Most nights we bury those shots, tonight we didn’t.”
Reid scored a combined 35 points in the previous two meetings this season.
“We’ve had a lot of trouble with Reid both games this year,” Boyce said. “We really wanted to do a better job on him. Nate was really solid inside.
“Nick helped down a lot. We rolled the dice a little bit on the threes to get some help on Reid and it paid off on Reid.”
PERRYSBURG 53, ANTHONY WAYNE 41
Fox, 3-3-3—18; George, 0-0—0; Conrad, 0-2-0—6; Breymaier, 0-0—0; Reid, 2-2—6; Allen, 0-0—0; Mruzek, 0-0—0; Betts, 1-1-0—5; Johnson, 0-1—1; Yunker, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 7-7-6—41.
Thomas, 0-1-1—4; Mesker, 0-0—0; Zimmerman, 0-0—0; Kaczinski, 1-3—5; Moschetti, 5-1-8—21; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Hafner, 1-1-0—5; Patterson, 8-2—18; Schrock, 0-0—0; Adams, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 15-3-14—53.
AW 9 7 12 13 —41
PERRYSBURG 10 9 17 17 —53
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