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Perkins Pirates use third quarter to get past the Oak Harbor Rockets
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Perkins’ Nic Williams goes up for a layup in the first quarter against Oak Harbor on Friday.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Perkins’ Brandon Smith dunks in the first quarter on Friday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Oak Harbor's Greg Haar, right, grabs Perkins Brandon Smith to stop him from dunking the ball in the first quarter on Friday night.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Perkins' Kyle Lewis, left, takes a rebound away from Oak Harbor's AJ Cecil Friday night.
The Pirates outscored Oak Harbor 40-16 in the second half, including a 22-4 run spanning nearly seven minutes of the third quarter to turn what was a tight game for a half into a blowout.
“I thought we got out to a good start on them,” Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. “In the third quarter, we made some adjustments. I thought our defensive mindset was a lot better that second half. That’s probably as good as we’ve done transition-wise on offense. We limited them to one shot and done, got out and ran and we got some easy buckets.”
Brandon Smith and Nic Williams each had 17 points for Perkins (15-3, 11-1) as the Pirates ramped up their transition in the third quarter, racing down the floor with great passes and getting layups. Perkins also outrebounded Oak Harbor (9-9, 6-5) 32-15, with three players pulling down eight boards including Kyle Lewis who came off the bench for 10 points.
“We ran a little bit of zone in there, and we rebounded it and ran,” McVeigh said. “We talked about setting tempo in this game, not letting them get set up and doing what they wanted to do and slowing it down.
“We can’t run unless you rebound. That’s the biggest thing. We did a really nice job of limiting them to one (shot), getting out, running the floor and kicking it ahead. That’s as good as we’ve kicked it up the floor all year long.”
The Rockets hung with the Pirates in the first half thanks to the shooting of AJ Cecil, who had all of his team-high 15 points in the first half to keep the game close.
“We’ve had some tough games here the last few games,” Oak Harbor coach Eric Sweet said. “He’s really brought the offensive end for me and has had some confidence. You could see it tonight. He was going at guys and not backing away. That’s the growth he’s shown over the year.”
Perkins held a 29-25 lead going into the half, then hit six straight field goals and 3 of 4 free throws in just under four minutes to turn a four point lead into 16. Six different Pirates scored as their quick transition overwhelmed the Rockets.
“We took a couple of quick shots in the third quarter that didn’t go,” Sweet said. “We didn’t get back ... when you give up layups like that to a team that shoots as well as they shoot, it’s hard to win. They don’t need a lot of points to win games. They’re pretty efficient.”
Perkins pulled its starters with about five minutes left to play to get them some rest in preparation for a big rematch tonight against undefeated and state-ranked Norwalk, who defeated the Pirates in Perkins 73-59 in the season opener. McVeigh was pleased to see that his players were not overlooking their game against Oak Harbor.
“I thought they were tremendous living in the now, taking care of tonight, at home in the SBC and not looking past tonight,” he said. “As a coach, I’m thinking hopefully they have the mindset tonight to take care of Oak Harbor so that going into (Saturday), we feel good about ourselves. We’re confident. (Saturday) should be fun.
“It’s not about revenge. It’s not about getting them back. It’s about two good basketball teams in the middle of February, that are playing very good basketball, going after each other.”
Smith came into the game needing nine points to move into second place all-time among scorers at Perkins High School. He accomplished it in just one quarter, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the game’s first eight minutes.
Perkins 69, Oak Harbor 41
Sandusky Bay Conference
OAK HARBOR — Austin Wiegand 1-2 4, Andy Rathburn 1-0 3, Derek Hood 0-1 1, Bryce Rubie 1-0 3, AJ Cecil 6-0 15, Sam Laderach 1-0 2, Andrew Benner 0-1 1, Josh Sarahman 2-1 5, Greg Haar 3-1 7. TOTALS 15-6 41.
PERKINS — David Doster 1-2 4, Kyle Lewis 4-2 10, Cameron Waldock 2-0 4, Brandon Smith 3-10 17, Nic Williams 8-0 17, Mitchell Benkey 4-0 8, Matthew Schweinfurth 0-1 1, Sam Printy 1-0 2, Chase Green 2-0 4, Reiko Arrington 1-0 2. TOTALS 26-15 69.
3-POINT GOALS — OH: Rathburn, Rubie, Cecil (3); P: Smith, Williams.
Score By Quarters
Oak Harbor (9-9, 6-5) 9 16 6 10 — 41
Perkins (15-3, 11-1) 14 15 23 17 — 69
Field Goals — Oak Harbor 15 of 45 (33 percent), Perkins 26 of 50 (52 percent).
Free Throws — OH 6 of 12 (50 percent), P 15 of 22 (68 percent).
Rebounds — OH 15 (Laderach 5), P 32 (3 tied with 8)
Turnovers — OH 14, P 8.
J.V. — Oak Harbor, 49-28.
Last Updated: 2/9/2013 12:12:21 PM EST