SYLVANIA – Perrysburg was able to survive a late run by Southview to post a 52-49 victory and earn the Northern Lakes League boys basketball championship Friday.
It was a total team effort, Perrysburg head coach Dave Boyce said.
“Emilio (Navarro) come in at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth gave us a nice lift,” Boyce said. “Nic Kilbride played some great defense in the second half. Jackson (Sizemore) battled the whole game. They were all over him, but he really battled well.
“Zach Miller who has been deathly ill for three days played his heart out. And Drew (Paule) and Drew (Sims) are our rocks.”
The Yellow Jackets had a 48-37 lead on a Sims basket with 2:23 remaining in regulation.
The Cougars then battled back to make it 48-44.
Sims made hit two free throws to increase the Yellow Jackets lead to 50-44.
Southview’s AJ Jump hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to make it 50-47. Then after a missed Perrysburg free throw, Southview’s Jack Wooddall hit a jumper to close the gap to 50-49.
Sims again had the answer nailing two more free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining to make it 52-49.
Grant Paul’s 3-point attempt hit the front of the rim for the Cougars and the Yellow Jackets held on to win the league title.
“No pressure. My dad raised me for these moments,” Sims said about his father Todd, who is Perrysburg’s head girls basketball coach. “I knew I wasn’t going to let my team down … I turned the ball over twice late and that’s just unexceptional. I couldn’t let my guys down.
“We haven’t won the league since we were freshmen. There was no way I could let my brothers down. We are one big family. We have got each others back.”
Boyce said Sims “wants the ball” in big situations late in the game.
Perrysburg, now 18-2 overall and 12-1 in the NLL, shared the NLL title with Anthony Wayne in the 2016-17 season.
“We had to beat Springfield on Tuesday in a really, really big game and we had to come here. So we won away and away to win the title,” Boyce said. “I think we earned it.”
Perrysburg started the game with two 7-0 runs to grab a 14-10 lead after eight minutes. Paule had eight points, including two 3-pointers.
The two teams basically traded baskets in the second quarter and the Yellow Jackets took a 27-21 lead into halftime. Sizemore had six points for Perrysburg and Pahl scored six points for Southview.
The Cougars offense got started in the third quarter scoring 13 points and there were three ties in the quarter. Navarro connected on two baskets to end the quarter giving the Yellow Jackets a 38-34 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Paule scored seven points to spark Southview’s effort. He finished with 18 points.
“They played a great game, hats off to them,” Sims said about Southview. “We tried to choke it down the stretch, but we were able to make the free throws down the stretch and we’re league champs.
“All I can think about is champions … There are seven seniors on the team. Our senior year our graduating year is going to be up on that banner forever in the gym,” Sims added.
“I think they did a really good job defending the paint. We didn’t finish near as well as we did the first time,” Boyce said. Perrysburg beat Southview, 76-55 in the first meeting.
“Let’s face it, Paule played really, really well and hit some big shots,” he added.
Sims scored six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Sizemore contributed 14 points for the Yellow Jackets and Paule added 10 points.
Southview is now 16-4, 10-3 in the NLL.
Perrysburg closes out the regular season with a game against Toledo Start Saturday and finishing NLL play at home against Anthony Wayne next Friday.
PERRYSBURG 14 13 11 14 -- 52
SOUTHVIEW 10 11 13 15 -- 49
Paule, 2-2-0—10; Sims, 1-1-7—12; Miller, 0-0—0; Hosler, 2-0—4; Sizemore, 7-0—14; Kilbride, 2-0—4; Navarro, 3-2—8. TOTALS; 19-3-9—52.
Hollar, 0-0—0; MacKinnon, 1-2—4; Millington, 3-0—6; Jump, 1-2-0—8; Pahl, 6-1-3—18; Woodrall, 1-1-0—5; Huffman, 1-1—3; Rellford, 1-1-0—5. TOTALS: 14-5-6—49.