|(Updated: 11:28 p.m.) Strong fourth quarter lifts Perkins over BGHS in district semifinal (3-6-13)|
|Written by Thomas Schmeltz/Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Wednesday, 06 March 2013 23:14|
The Pirates, trailing 42-41 after three quarters, opened the fourth on a scoring assault, leading them to a 60-51 victory over the Bobcats at the Stroh Center.
Perkins opened the fourth on a 15-3 scoring run and played its best defense in the final eight minutes of the game. PHOTO GALLERY
“We sped up on the offensive end ... We sped things up to try to do it all at one time,” said BG head coach Von Graffin, whose team finished the season 14-11. “We tried to get back six or eight points in one possession and then it seemed to just snowball a little bit.”
After falling behind 48-42 to start the fourth, BG’s Andrew Herringshaw hit a 3-pointer from the right wing after a timeout to cut Perkins’ lead to 48-45 with 6:24 to play.
But the Bobcats went scoreless for the next 4:08 as the Pirates built a 59-45 lead; a lead too large for BG to overcome with just 2:59 remaining.
“We didn’t get a break down the road,” Herringshaw said. “We didn’t get any big shots to fall. They kept scoring and we didn’t. The last few games we would score and make big shots, but that just didn’t happen tonight.”
Ten of BG’s second-half shots (25) came from 3-point territory, but the Bobcats only connected on three of those. They were 4-of-16 (25 percent) from 3-point range for the game.
Herringshaw, who scored 12 points, was 3-of-5 on triples for the game.
“We kind of got the shots that we wanted, it just didn’t fall tonight,” Graffin said.
“(Perkins) did a good job of pushing us out,” said BG’s Vitto Brown, who scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. “Even though we are capable of shooting those threes, we kind of wanted to attack them more to get some easy looks at the rim or maybe get to the foul line a little bit more.”
The Bobcats were just 1-for-4 from the free-throw line, while Perkins was 8-of-13.
Nic Williams was a scoring threat from everywhere for the Pirates.
The 6-foot-4 junior recorded his 1,000th career point during the game as he finished with game-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds.
Williams had success driving inside as well as hitting the mid-range jumper. He also connected on two triples.
As a team, 20 of Perkins’ 24 field goals came from inside the 3-point line.
“If you look at how we’ve lost the last couple years, when we’ve lost, teams that drive it at us have success,” Graffin said.
“We’ve tried to address it and deal with it and it hasn’t happened. It was tough tonight.
“He was a tough guard as well,” Graffin added of defending Williams. “We tried to keep fresh bodies on him on the big floor and they seemed to almost get energized. They seemed to get a second wind as things went their way.”
Perkins took a 35-23 advantage in rebounding, with 15 of those coming on the offensive end. Of those 15 offensive boards, Williams had seven of them.
“That’s part of what we preach, is crashing hard on the offensive end and getting ourself more opportunities,” said Perkins head coach Scott McVeigh.
“Controlling the glass is everything to us.”
Throughout the first three quarters both teams were extremely even with neither having more than a four-point lead. Perkins led 7-3 early in the first quarter and BG’s largest leads were 28-24 late in the first half and 35-31 midway through the third.
“We tried to tell ourselves to stop making it such a close game ... They kept sticking around,” Brown said.
“The first half we settled a little bit, but in the second half we really buckled down offensively and got to the rim,” McVeigh said.
“Good things were happening when we stayed aggressive and didn’t settle,” he added.
Lamontá Stone added 11 points for BG and chipped in with eight assists.
The Pirates also got 18 points from Brandon Smith to complement Williams’ effort offensively.
Perkins (20-5) will play Toledo Scott (13-9) in the district final on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Stroh Center.
SANDUSKY PERKINS 60, BGHS 51
E. Gardner, 1-0—2; Dill, 3-0—6; Brown, 7-1-1—18; Stone, 6-0—12; Herringshaw, 1-3-0—11; Donaldson, 0-0—0; M. Gardner, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 19-4-1—51.
Smith, 5-2-2—18; Williams, 7-2-5—25; Green, 0-0—0; Doster, 1-1—3; Benkey, 5-0—10; Lewis, 2-0—4; Waldock, 0-0—0; TOTALS: 20-4-8—60.
BGHS 18 10 14 9 —51
PERKINS 16 11 14 19 —60
|Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:15|
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