|Updated: 12:06 a.m., Perrysburg boys falter again, fall to Maumee (2-1-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/SENTINEL SPORTS WRITER|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 22:19|
PERRYSBURG — Perrysburg’s boys dropped their third consecutive game Friday night.
And to make it worse, it was another league loss.
Maumee out-played and out-hustled Perrysburg for most of the game, and the Panthers were rewarded with a 58-55 Northern Lakes League win.
The loss dropped the Yellow Jackets to 10-6 overall and 6-4 in the NLL, while Maumee, which had dropped three in a row coming in, is 10-6, 5-5.
With league-leading Anthony Wayne’s win over Southview, Perrysburg is three games behind the Generals in the NLL with just four games remaining. AW is 13-2, 9-1.
“I don’t think right now it’s about our league and I don’t think it’s about our schedule,” said Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce. “Right now it’s about competing smarter, competing harder and competing for 32 minutes.”
Competing for the whole game is been a problem for Perrysburg during its three-game skid.
The ’Jackets held a favorable lead against Springfield before dropping the contest in overtime, and last week they allowed Napoleon to come back from a 41-18 third-quarter deficit and win.
Friday night’s game showed similarities from the two previous losses.
Perrysburg was flat throughout the first half, came back to tie it after a strong third quarter; and, again, played poorly in the fourth quarter, allowing 24 points.
After trailing 21-15 at halftime, Perrysburg came out in the third quarter and looked like the team from two weeks ago — scoring and playing solid defense.
The ’Jackets battled and limited Maumee to just five field goals in the quarter, while Perrysburg connected on 4-of-5 shots from 3-point territory, helping to eventually tie the contest at 34-34 going into the fourth.
But in the fourth, the ’Jackets squandered an opportunity to win, again.
Dominique King, who sat the majority of the first half due to foul trouble, scored nine points in the fourth quarter to help lead Maumee.
Perrysburg committed four of its 16 turnovers in the final eight minutes where it shot just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc.
The ’Jackets did convert on 6-of-7 2-pointers in the fourth, but Maumee held its own, also connecting on six shots as well as making 10 trips to the free-throw line.
“Clearly we didn’t come out and play offense with any degree of confidence in the first half,” Boyce said. “In the second half ... we didn’t get any stops and we started fouling again.”
Perrysburg cut its deficit to 56-53 with under a minute remaining and Nick Moschetti and Edwards each had chances to tie the game with triples only to have them go astray.
Edwards scored a team-high 17 points for the ’Jackets and Moschetti added 16, including four 3-pointers.
After two Maumee free throws and a bucket from Matt Kaczinski, Perrysburg was down 57-55 with 5.6 seconds left.
Maumee’s Jason Wanakmaker, who scored 12 points, went 1-of-2 from the line on the ensuing possession, and then Moschetti’s desperation three at the buzzer was no good as the Panthers held on.
“It feels good when you’re competitive against a program such as this,” Maumee head coach Derek Sheridan said.
“(We) did a good job of staying level-headed ... Our kids did a good job of keeping both feet on the ground and just staying steady.”
Perrysburg was out-rebounded 27-20 in the contest and allowed 13 offensive rebounds to the Panthers, giving them numerous second-chance points.
In addition to the 17 rebounds it allowed the first half, Perrysburg shot just 4-of-15 from the field in the opening two quarters.
“Teams don’t generally offensive rebound very well against Perrysburg,” Sheridan said. “This is the only team that we send four to the glass, offensively ... That’s how important it is.”
Perrysburg hosts seventh-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius Saturday with a 6 p.m. junior varsity start time.
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 36-34. Fred McClintock’s offensive rebound and putback at the buzzer gave the ’Jackets the win. Kenny Zimmerman and Nick Vrzal led Perrysburg with eight points each.
MAUMEE 58, PERRYSBURG 55
King, 4-1-3—14; McGovern, 6-3—15; Wanamaker, 3-6—12; Kline, 1-1—3; Cliff, 2-2—6; Kamer, 4-0—8; Mauro, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 20-1-15—58.
Mesker, 1-1-1—6; Byrd, 2-1—5; Kaczinski, 1-4—6; Moschetti, 1-4-2—16; Schimmoeller, 0-0—0; H. Thomas, 0-0—0. Edwards, 4-2-3—17; Patterson, 1-3—5. TOTALS: 10-7-14—55.
MAUMEE 14 7 13 20 —58
PERRYSBURG 9 6 19 21 —55
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 36-34.
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