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(updated: 12:01 a.m.) Perrysburg boys hold off Napoleon (12-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 23:21
PERRYSBURG — Quinn Thomas and Matt Mesker knew they were going to have to play accelerated roles in order for Perrysburg to have a successful season.
The starting Yellow Jacket guards seemed to embrace that challenge Thursday night in their Northern Lakes League opener at Napoleon.
While Thomas and Mesker combined for just six points, each hit a three that could not have come at a more opportune time.
Both long-range shots came in the final four minutes, leading Perrysburg to a hard-fought 50-46 win over the Wildcats.
Perrysburg is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the NLL, while Napoleon is 0-3, 0-2.
“We just have them set up and shoot some threes. When they come down we kick it out to them and we expect them to hit,” said Perrysburg’s Nick Moschetti, who scored a game-high 21 points.
Clinging to a 40-37 fourth-quarter lead, Perrysburg had converted on just one triple in the first 28 minutes.
But with 3:38 showing, Mesker connected on a wide open shot from the right elbow, giving the ’Jackets a 43-37 cushion.
Napoleon’s Blake Dunbar, who scored a team-high 18 points, answered with his third 3-pointer just over a minute later, only to have Thomas strike from outside the left wing. Thomas’ three gave Perrysburg a 46-40 lead with 58 seconds remaining.
“He was open,” Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce said of Mesker’s three. “But I liked how he calmly stepped up and squared up and shot it.
“Quinn’s shot, with about a minute to go, same thing. He was open,” Boyce continued. “He had missed a couple, but to his credit he showed the (composure) to calmly step into his shot and stroke one.”
The ’Jackets, seriously tested for the first time this year, did not cruise to victory by any stretch of the imagination.
After two Moschetti free throws gave Perrysburg a 48-41 lead, Dunbar responded with a miraculous basket as he was nearly taken to the ground inside.
The ensuing free throw went begging but Nick Daman collected the rebound, passed, went to the corner and drilled a 3-pointer, cutting the Perrysburg lead to 48-46 with 4.8 seconds on the clock.
But the five-point run ended when Moschetti knocked down two more free throws after in inbounds, sealing the stressful Perrysburg win.
“We showed poise down the stretch. We executed, we made free throws, we handled the ball for the most part,” Boyce said.
“They played great. They never quit and they kept making shots,” Boyce said of Napoleon. “You’ve got to give them all the credit in the world.”
Early struggles haunted Perrysburg in the first half.
Just following the opening tip, Nate Patterson was called for a foul, setting the tone for the first quarter. The ’Jackets committed three turnovers, had two fouls and scored zero points in the first three minutes.
Despite more shaky offense in the second quarter, a 6-0 run in the final 3:24 of the first half gave Perrysburg a 22-21 lead — Its first lead of the contest.
The ’Jackets never trailed in the second half where they made it a point to utilize their height advantage and go inside.
Post Nate Patterson scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter where Perrysburg took a 39-33 lead.
Patterson also collected seven of the team’s 27 rebounds.
“(Napoleon) defended the inside, the post, really well in the first half,” Boyce said. “Nate really stepped it up in the second half. He was a beast on the boards the whole game.”
“We knew we could go inside on them,” Moschetti added. “They were popping out and we were just finishing down low.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 45-37. Scott Freeman led the ’Jackets with 13 points.

PERRYSBURG 50, NAPOLEON 46
PERRYSBURG
Thomas, 0-1-0—3; Mesker, 0-1-0—3; Zimmerman, 1-0—2; Kaczinski, 1-0—2; Moschetti, 4-1-10—21; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Jordan, 1-0—2; Hafner, 0-0—0; Patterson, 7-2—16; Schrock, 0-1—1. TOTALS: 14-3-13—50.
NAPOLEON
Lauf, 0-0—0; Gilliland, 0-1-0—3; Dunbar, 4-3-1—18; Daman, 2-2-1—11; Lankenau, 1-1-0—5; Willeman, 3-1-0—9; DeVaul, 0-0—0; Schlade, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 10-8-2—46.
PERRYSBURG    9    13    17    11    —50
NAPOLEON    11    10    12    13    —46
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 45-37.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 December 2013 01:01
 

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