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Updated: 11:24 p.m., Perrysburg boys hold off Southview (2-15-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ/Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 15 February 2013 23:05
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Perrysburg's Shane Edwards drives the ball past Southview's J.J. Pinckney (31). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — It took until the final minute of the game, but Perrysburg’s boys finally put away a pesky Southview squad Friday night.
To make it better — it was senior night for the Yellow Jackets.
Perrysburg went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the last 50.3 seconds as it slipped past the Cougars, 66-55 in a Northern Lakes League game. PHOTO GALLERY
“It’s awesome. It’s a really emotional night for me and my parents and it’s just great to get a win here at home,” said Perrysburg senior guard Shane Edwards, who led the senior group with 16 points.
The ’Jackets improved to 12-7 overall and 8-5 in the NLL. Southview fell to 6-15, 3-10.
Perrysburg held a 57-53 lead with just under two minutes remaining before it closed the game on a 9-2 run.
Junior Nick Moschetti went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe with less than a minute remaining, then he and Edwards combined to go 6-for-6 from the line before Moschetti closed the game with a layup with 14 seconds left.
Moschetti led all scorers with 21 points.
“It was a great crowd and a great atmosphere and it’s hard not to get caught up in all that,” Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce said of the emotions of senior night. “We told our guys before the game they had to stay between the painted lines. That was their job. We did a pretty good job of that.”
The ’Jackets were never fully in control of the game. Their biggest lead of the contest before the final minute was 40-31 midway through the third quarter. But the Cougars stormed back and eventually made it 50-49 by the midpoint of the fourth quarter.
Southview, led by Matt Morrison’s 17 points, shot 46 percent (23-of-50) from the floor.
“That’s them,” Boyce said. “They’ve only gotten really handled twice this year. Every other game they’re just right there; they don’t go away. You think you just about got them and they get a steal and a layup ... They just keep hanging around.”
And Southview’s defense was as stingy as its offense.
Perrysburg was forced to work for the majority of its baskets, most of which came inside the paint.
Moschetti was responsible for Perrysburg’s only 3-pointer of the game — it came 1:28 into the first quarter, tying it at 5-all.
The ’Jackets made it a point to go inside and post Nate Patterson contributed with 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds.
“They were up in you the whole game,” Edwards said of Southview’s defense. “They didn’t really let you relax; it was tough.”
Efficient passing and the conversion of those inside shots allowed Perrysburg to shoot 57 percent (23-of-42) from the field, one of its highest percentages of the season.
“The biggest thing, in the end, was our passing,” Boyce said. “We moved the ball really well, we found our man and we got some easy baskets.
“It’s really important because of the way they help on defense,” Boyce added of the passing effort inside. “They have a number of guys coming to the ball, especially inside. They help well ... You’ve got to keep your eyes open and find the open man.”
Perrysburg, which entered the game having dropped four of its last five, used a strong effort from the free-throw line to help remedy the losing curve again. The ’Jackets finished Friday night’s contest 17-of-19 from the line.
The seven Perrysburg’s losses have been by a combined 33 points; an average of 4.7 points per loss. And in the majority of those games Perrysburg has struggled from the line.
“All of our losses are by two and three, and free throws have come down to all of those losses,” Edwards said.
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 47-46. Fred McClintock led the ’Jackets with 16 points. With the game tied at 46, Trevor Hafner went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line to give Perrysburg the lead with 4.5 seconds remaining.

PERRYSBURG 66, SOUTHVIEW 55
SOUTHVIEW
Roberts, 3-1—7; Brock, 1-3-0—8; Morrison, 6-1-2—17; Stewart, 3-2—8; Wooddall, 0-0—0; Pinckney, 1-1—3; Hall, 6-0—12. TOTALS: 20-3-6—55.
PERRYSBURG
Mesker, 0-0—0; Byrd, 3-0—6; Kaczinski, 2-0—4; Moschetti, 6-1-6—21; Schimmoeller, 2-0—4; H. Thomas, 1-0—2; Edwards, 5-6—16; Patterson, 4-5—13. TOTALS: 23-1-17—66.
SOUTHVIEW    15    12    11    17    —55
PERRYSBURG    19    14    13    20    —66
Junior varsity: Perrysburg 47-46.
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:07
 

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