Whitmer boys shoot down Perrysburg (12-28-12) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 December 2012 10:22
TOLEDO - In the midst of a stretch of three of its toughest games of the season, Perrysburg's boys basketball team fell victim to the 3-point shot Thursday night at Toledo Whitmer.
After playing well in a 46-43 win over Sandusky Perkins last week, the Yellow Jackets had no answer for the nine 3-point field goals that Whitmer hit en route to a 55-49 non-league loss for Perrysburg.
The 'Jackets are 5-2 overall with its only other loss coming to Toledo Start on Dec. 15.
Whitmer improved to 6-1.
Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce has praised his team for keeping its poise in dire situations throughout the season.
But against Whitmer, however, the 'Jackets lacked such poise. Perrysburg committed a season-high 16 turnovers.
That allowed Whitmer to hold a 49-38 third-quarter lead, although Perrysburg rallied to within 51-49 with 1:51 left in the game.
"Our effort was tremendous, our coachability was good, but we had some key possessions where we didn't have enough poise," said Boyce, whose team committed 10 of its turnovers in the second half.
"They make you go to your third and fourth options ... and we did some of those things, but they weren't always successful," Boyce said of Whitmer's defense. "Part of it was we were a little bit rattled."
Perrysburg, which never led after the first quarter, saw a 32-28 halftime deficit turn into a 49-36 deficit with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
The 'Jackets rallied with a 10-0 scoring run, led by Shane Edwards, that carried over to the 2:16 mark of the fourth quarter.
Edwards, who scored a game-high 20 points, scored six points in the spurt that cut the Whitmer lead to 49-46. However, Jon Ashe made it a 51-46 game with a deuce with 2:16 to go.
Matt Kaczinski answered with a 3-pointer from straight on for Perrysburg, making the score 51-49 with 1:51 on the clock.
But turnovers haunted the 'Jackets in the final minutes as the Panthers closed the contest scoring four consecutive points.
Nick Moschetti, who scored 10 points in the second half, finished the game with 15 points for Perrysburg.
"We had them on the ropes three different times and we either didn't get the big stop or we didn't have a quality possession," Boyce said.
"We did not do a very good job with a 49-38 lead," said Whitmer head coach Bruce Smith.
Although Perrysburg committed an unusual amount of turnovers, it also forced nearly as many, as Whitmer committed 15 turnovers, including seven in the fourth quarter where it was out-scored 11-6.
"We didn't handle the ball very well, at all," Smith continued. "Perrysburg brings the type of defense that we don't see very often."
The 'Jackets saw success on multiple occasions with steals turning into easy layups during its 10-0 run in the fourth quarter.
"At times our pressure was very productive tonight," Boyce said. We intelligently went after the ball when we had a chance. We guarded the basket pretty well, too."
Perrysburg did not allow Nigel Hayes, a future member of the University of Wisconsin basketball team, to hurt it badly when it came to points scored.
The 6-foot-7 senior scored 10 points for Whitmer, but Boyce believes he played a major factor in the outcome.
"He sees the floor well and ultimately on the scales of justice, that was probably what hurt us ... was his ability to see the floor and not get rattled," Boyce said.
Whitmer's ability to shoot the 3-point shot kept it from trouble in the second quarter.
After tying the game at 14-14 just 39 seconds into the second period, the Panthers' next four field goals came from behind the arc as it gained a 26-19 lead. Perrysburg tied it again at 28-28 with 1:06 to go in the half, but Whitmer's Ricardo Smith connected with a triple to stretch the lead to 31-28.
Smith finished with a team-high 15 points, which included four triples. Luke Hickey hit three 3-pointers, scoring 11 points.
"We didn't do what we practiced," Boyce said of his team's ability to defend the three. "We got in at halftime and went over it again and we were better in the second half."
Perrysburg won the junior varsity game 64-34. Nick Vrzal scored 16 points for Perrysburg, while Fred McClintock added 15.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 December 2012 19:12

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