Updated 11:05 p.m., Perrysburg boys win sectional title (3-1-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Godfrey Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 01 March 2013 21:55
Perrysburg's Bryant Byrd (11) shoots against Fremont Ross's Alex Metcalf Friday. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
FINDLAY —A defensive slugfest, filled with incredibly hard, but sportsman-like, effort by both teams highlighted Perrysburg’s 48-36 Division I sectional championship win over Fremont Ross.
“It was the most even match-up we’ve had the last couple of years,” said Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce whose team improved to 15-8 on the year. “It took a lot of poise to just stay with it and grind it out to the end.” PHOTO GALLERY
“It was rocky,” said ‘Jacket junior Nick Moschetti who had a game-high 19 points. “There were ups and downs, turnovers, runs.”
“They’re very athletic and they play defense well,” added Boyce whose team converted a scant 14-of-41 (34 percent) of its field goals including just 3-of-11 from downtown.
The Little Giants, coached by Bowling Green High School graduate Mark Gedeon, ended their season at 14-9.
From the outset, the Little Giants were intent on getting the ball into the post where they scored eight of their 10 first quarter points.
Junior post Dylan Jagodzinski, the only Little Giant in double figures with 12 points, tallied six of his points in the opening quarter, a quarter that featured four lead changes and a tie.
Perrysburg, on Chris Schimmoeller’s only hoop of the night with just two seconds left, held a 12-10 edge after the first eight minutes.
Ross junior Jack Gedeon, a key cog in the Little Giant arsenal whose foul difficulties limited his minutes, nailed a 3-pointer with 4:56 remaining in the half, providing his team its final lead of the night at 15-14.  Following Moschetti’s steal, one of Ross’s 22 turnovers, Moschetti hit a trey at 4:10 giving the ‘Jackets a lead, 17-14, they’d never relinquish.
Moschetti’s theft, one of four he had in a span of 3:03 and one of the 15 Perrysburg steals on the night, permitted the ‘Jackets to slow down the Little Giant inside game. Perrysburg nursed a 21-20 lead at the half.
“I think Nick Moschetti, for quite awhile, controlled the court almost with his defensive effort,” said Boyce of his guard who sagged in to take away the post entry passes. “We felt Fremont Ross didn’t have a great shooter with a great quick release, so we could be down a little further (toward the post) and still recover if they made the long pass.”
“I’d been noticing that they were pounding it inside, so I was trying to sit on that (inside pass) when they were trying to throw it,” said Moschetti, whose team held Ross to 15-of-38 (39 percent) shooting from the field.
Up 24-22 at the 5:03 mark of the third quarter, Perrysburg averted a deficit when Ross made just one of three free throws after a foul beyond the arc. The Little Giants could have tied the game on its next possession only to have Matt Kaczinski’s score his only basket of the night on a coast-to-coast steal. Perrysburg managed a 32-28 lead after three quarters.
Ross got within 34-32 at the 4:49 mark, but the ’Jackets, who sank an impressive 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the charity stripe, including 10-of-12 in the fourth quarter, were able to keep the Little Giants at bay. Bryant Byrd knocked down 5-of-6 of the fourth quarter free throws.
Even with 1:49 left in the game, Ross was still within 40-36. Perrysburg, in the final 1:18, closed the game on an 8-0 run, started by Moschetti’s driving layup.
“Playing with poise and our rebounding, those two things really kept us up,” said Boyce, who credited  Nate Patterson (10 points) for his strong play in the post. “In the end, we got one or two big shots, and then they missed a couple, and all of a sudden we got to the free-throw line and we made our free throws.”
Perrysburg faces Anthony Wayne Thursday at 7 p.m. at Liberty-Benton High School in a district semifinal.

Mesker, 0-0—0; Byrd, 2-5—9; Q. Thomas, 0-0—0; Kaczinski, 1-0—2; Freeman, 0-0—0; Moschetti, 2-3-6—19; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Schimmoeller, 1-0—2; H. Thomas, 0-0—0; Edwards, 1-4—6; Patterson, 4-2—10; Cajka, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 11-3-17—48.
McConnell, 1-0—2; Slick, 0-0—0; Gedeon, 1-1-0—5; Metcalf, 1-2—4; Starks, 1-0—2; Ballenger, 0-0—0; Wolf, 0-1-2—5; Musser, 0-0—0; Jagodzinski, 6-0—12; Jones, 1-0—2; Solander, 2-0—4; Simms, 0-0—0; TOTALS: 13-2-4—36.
PERRYSBURG    12    9    11    16    —48
ROSS    10    10    8    8    —36
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