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(updated 11;30 p.m.) Perrysburg boys roll past BGHS, 75-50 (2-22-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By MIKE GODFREY, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 22 February 2013 22:35
Bowling Green's Vitto Brown (33) handles the ball as Perrysburg's Bryant Byrd guards. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Nice, unselfish passing is a thing of beauty.
Perrysburg, assisting on eight of its 12 fourth-period baskets, exploded from a 49-39 third-quarter advantage to topple Bowling Green, 75-50. PHOTO GALLERY
“Even coach (Dave Boyce) said this was the best we passed all year, and it really showed,” said Perrysburg senior Shane Edwards, who paced the ’Jackets with 17 points while dishing out four assists. “We found the open man every time there was an open man, and we made the right choice.”
“Our passing was very accurate tonight,” said Boyce whose team had 17 assists on its 33 field goals. “We made some nice passes.”
The ’Jackets, who finished the regular season 13-8 and 9-5 in the Northern Lakes League, bolted out of the gate on a 10-0 spurt, with seven of those points the result of three BG turnovers.
“We came out in the first half and we were aggressive and got the loose balls,” said Boyce.
BG called timeout, returning to action in a 2-3 zone which resulted in Perrysburg converting just 2-of-9 field goals the remainder of the quarter.
“We got the ball in the middle where we wanted to during that stretch,” added Boyce. “We just rushed a few shots and made a few poor decisions.”
“Our zone did a real nice job,” said BG coach Von Graffin. “That’s a game we were able to stay in it by playing zone.”
Meanwhile, offensively, the Bobcats (12-10, 9-5), just 3-of-12 from the field in the opening quarter, didn’t score until senior Andrew Herringshaw (17 points) stroked a 3-pointer at the 3:47 mark. BG senior Vitto Brown, who had game highs with 19 points and 13 rebounds, tallied four first quarter points to pull BG to within 14-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Edwards, on one of junior Nick Moschetti’s four assists on the night, nailed a trey a minute into the second quarter giving the ’Jackets a 17-9 edge. Over the next 2:20, BG, on back-to-back Herringshaw triples and a corner trey by sophomore Mitchell Gardner, took an 18-17 lead. Over the next 70 seconds, the lead changed hands six times before Moschetti (14 points), on an assist from Edwards, hit a 3-pointer giving Perrysburg a lead, 24-22, they’d never relinquish.
A stick-back by 6-foot-5 junior Matt Kaczinski (11 points and 10 rebounds) with two seconds left in the half gave the ’Jackets a 29-26 edge at the break. Perrysburg’s defense was able to hold Brown to just six first half points.
“(Edwards) defended Vitto really well out front,” said Boyce, whose team’s 1-3-1 zone and transition defense limited BG’s transition game and dribble penetration.
“They did a good job of chasing Vitto through the zone and gave him no easy ones,” said Graffin, whose team was 19-of-49 from the field on the night.
With Edwards and 6-4 junior post Nate Patterson (14 points) both scoring six points in the third quarter, Perrysburg regained a double-digit spread, 44-34, with just under two minutes left in the quarter. The ’Jackets benefited from flashing multiple players into the high post, leading to numerous open looks.
“We talked at halftime about just slowing down a little when we got there (high post), getting our feet under us, reading what was there, and just making a solid decision,” said Boyce, whose team was 33-of-63 from the field, including 8-of-16 from downtown. “(Edwards) did a nice job on offense keeping our team under control and finding the open man and taking the shot when it was there.”
“I tried my best to find the open man, and when I was the open man, I just knocked my shots down,” said Edwards.
With Perrysburg up 56-42 at the 5:05 remaining, BG, in an effort to increase the pace, returned to its man defense. However, the ’Jackets benefitted from the pace and added spacing in converting an uncanny 12-of-15 field goals in the final quarter.
“It was a 10-point game going into the fourth quarter, but as soon as we started chasing, got in a hurry and things weren’t falling for us, (the game got out of control),” said Graffin. “They had some kids step up for them that aren’t big scorers for them.”
One of those players was Patterson of whom Boyce said, “Clearly, this was one of his best efforts on the boards. He caught, he finished, and he took the challenge tonight.”
Following its 47-37 win over BG, the Perrysburg junior varsity team concluded its season 16-5. Fred McClintock and Trevor Hafner each scored 11 points for the ’Jackets. BG (8-13) was led by Cam Carsey’s eight points.

Mesker, 0-1-0—3; Byrd, 3-0—6; Thomas, 0-0—0; Kaczinski, 4-1-0—11; Freeman, 1-0—2; Moschetti, 1-4-0—14; Schimmoeller, 1-0–2; Thomas, 2-0—4; Edwards, 5-2-1—17; Patterson, 7-0—14; Cajka, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 25-8-1—75.
Stone, 3-1—7; Donaldson, 0-0—0; Walker, 0-0—0; Herringshaw, 2-4-1—17; E. Gardner, 0-0—0; M. Gardner, 2-1-0—7; Vento, 0-0—0; Brown, 6-1-4—19; Leader, 0-0—0; Carsey, 0-0—0; Hinton, 0-0—0; Dill, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 13-6-6—50.
PERRYSBURG    14    15    20    26    —75
BGHS    9    17    13    11    —50
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 47-37.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 February 2013 08:58

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