PERRYSBURG — For the first time this season, Perrysburg’s boys basketball team put together back-to-back lackluster performances.
|Perrysburg's Matt Kaczinski (right) shoots against Southview's Nate Hall (33) during their game Friday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
And for the first time, the Yellow Jackets lost to the same opponent for a second time.
Sixth-ranked Perrysburg, coming off of a disappointing loss to Anthony Wayne on Tuesday, struggled in almost every phase, falling to Southview, 63-48 Friday night.
“They out-played us in virtually every aspect of the game,” Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce said. “They got control of the game in the first half, partly with their defense and their pressure, and partly with our lack of handling the ball well and passing the ball well.
“We had two tough games this week and we just didn’t capitalize on them,” Boyce added.
With an outstanding defensive effort, the Cougars shut down any sort of offense Perrysburg tried to muster.
Nate Patterson and Matt Kaczinski led Perrysburg with 12 points each, while Nick Moschetti was held to 11.
The ’Jackets finished 0-for-10 from 3-point territory.
“Right now, offensively, we’re fundamentally not doing a lot of things right, and we’re not shooting well,” Boyce said. “Those two things are a bad one-two combination. We need to get those two things back on track.”
Perrysburg, 17-3 overall and 10-3 in the Northern Lakes League, can clinch at least a share of the league title with a win over Bowling Green (4-17, 2-11) next Friday.
Southview is 14-5, 9-4. Springfield is 9-3 in the NLL.
“You always get the most out of beating an opponent that you really respect,” Southview coach Bruce Smith said. “Perrysburg has been dynamic in this league, in this area, for years, and to come over here and get a convincing victory is really satisfying.”
The Cougars handed Perrysburg its first loss of the season, a 45-42 decision on Jan. 10.
Southview, with an injury to point guard Matt Morrison, followed the win with three straight losses before putting together its current eight-game winning streak.
Two of the Cougars’ losses in the three-game skid were to Napoleon and Northview, which are a combined 10-16 in the NLL.
“We had an injury that we think cost us a possibility of winning the league. That’s the way it is,” Smith said. “We lost those games, give Northview and Napoleon credit, they beat us. The only thing we could hang our hat on was coming over here an beating the potential league champ for some gratification.”
Perrysburg committed 11 turnovers in the first half, yet trailed just 26-23 at halftime.
But Southview center Jeremiah Roberts began to take over in the third quarter.
The 6-foot-4 junior scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the period where the Cougars held a 20-10 advantage. Southview led 46-33 by the end of the third as Perrysburg shot just 3-of-11 from the field while committing five turnovers.
Forwards Nate Hall and Leon Eggleston added 11 points each for Southview.
“Clearly the shots not falling allows them to keep stretching the lead,” Boyce said. “Every time we came down and something decent didn’t go in, then they went down and got one to go in.
“They did a nice job of going inside-out early, and then it was mostly inside late.’’
Perrysburg cut Southview’s lead to nine points twice in the fourth quarter, including 50-41 with 4:31 to play. But the Cougars out-scored Perrysburg 13-7 the rest of the way.
Southview’s sticky defense limited Moschetti to well below his season average of 22.7 points per game.
“That’s a tribute to how much respect for him we have,” Smith said. “We denied him all over, everywhere. Hopefully at some point in time he wore down. ... He’s a heck of a player — probably the player of the year in our league.”
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game, 57-50. Scott Freeman led the ’Jackets with 20 points, and Connor Jordan added 16.
SOUTHVIEW 63, PERRYSBURG 48
J. Schaffer, 1-1-1—6; Miller, 0-1-0—3; Kalniz, 0-0—0; Morrison, 2-2—6; Sherman, 0-0—0; Bankston, 1-0—2; Roberts, 7-4—18; Wooddall, 1-1-6—11; Hall, 5-1—11; Eggleston, 2-0—4; Marshall, 1-0—2; Gilmore, 0-0—0; Rice, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 20-3-14—63.
Thomas, 1-0—2; Mesker, 0-0—0; Zimmerman, 0-4—4; Kaczinski, 4-4—12; Moschetti, 5-1—11; Vrzal, 0-0—0; Jordan, 1-0—2; Hafner, 2-1—5; Patterson, 5-2—12; Schrock, 0-0—0; Adams, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 18-12—48.
SOUTHVIEW 9 17 20 17 —63
PERRYSBURG 12 11 10 15 —48
Junior varsity: Perrysburg, 57-50.