The opening minutes of the game saw the two teams jockeying for position as they exchanged baskets but it was Perrysburg that seemed to be find the going easier. On both ends of the court the Yellow Jackets were more aggressive and, eventually, the Jackets were able to establish a comfortable six-point lead, 19-13, as the quarter came to an end.
“We didn’t come out ready to play. We had no sense of urgency. Perrysburg has capable shooters; capable rebounders,” said Titan coach Josh Leslie. “You can’t do that against such teams and hope to win.”
Unfortunately for visiting Ottawa-Glandorf, the situation did not improve much for them in the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets, because of their lead, were able to slow the game down and run their controlled offense while the Titans, who ordinarily utilize a press as part of their defense, had to abandon same because of the excellent ball control and movement. Behind balanced scoring the Jackets increased their lead to 10, 34-24, by the break.
As the second half began, the Jackets could not have been hotter. Led by Neal Linthicum’s 10 third quarter points, the Yellow Jackets could do little wrong. Making their first three baskets and playing a turnover free quarter, Perrysburg the game open. By quarter’s end the Jackets were leading by 17 and the Titans were in danger of suffering one of their most lopsided losses in some time, however, despite the score, Ottawa-Glandorf was not done.
The Titans outscored the Jackets 8-2 to open the fourth quarter and then, subsequent to two big 3-pointers, the Titans found themselves trailing by only eight points, 62-54, and a full three minutes remaining. The Jackets’ flawless ball control in the third quarter disappeared and the Titans were able to begin using their patented press. It proved to be, however, too little too late as the Jackets were able to withstand the Titan surge.
“In the fourth quarter they (Ottawa-Glandorf) picked it up a bit and we began to make mistakes,” said Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce. “We began to turn the ball over and they got hot. Fortunately we had enough at the end.”
With their win Perrysburg improves to 10-0. Ottawa-Glandorf meanwhile falls to 5-2.
Perrysburg had four players reach double figures with Neal Linthicum leading the way with 19, Charlie Hughes adding 16, and Thomas Salmon and David Boyce scoring 12 and 10 respectively.
For Ottawa-Glandorf, Taylor Kuhlman was the leading scorer with 18 but the big story was Jake Meyer coming off the bench to score 12 (all in the second half).
The Perrysburg win sets up a big contest next Friday against Sylvania Southview. Both teams are undefeated in the league and even the Perrysburg students understand the significance of the game as they began shouting, “We want Southview,” in the final moments of Friday’s game.
Reflecting on his team’s early season success, Coach Boyce credited it to the team’s seniors.
“It is a tribute to our seniors’ leadership. They have been outstanding and the younger guys have developed quicker than we hoped.”