Perrysburg inches closer to fourth straight NLL boys basketball crown

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Perrysburg 71, Sylvania Southview 57
For the past three years the Perrysburg boys’ basketball program has ruled the Northern Lakes League. Coach Dave Boyce’s charges have won three straight NLL championships and by defeating pre-season favorite Sylvannia Southview on Friday in convincing style by the score of 71-57 the Yellow Jackets are well on their way to another title.


SYLVANIA – For the past three years the Perrysburg boys’ basketball program has ruled the Northern Lakes League. Coach Dave Boyce’s charges have won three straight NLL championships and by defeating pre-season favorite Sylvannia Southview last night in convincing style by the score of 71-57 the Yellow Jackets are well on their way to another title.

The Jackets broke open a close first half game through a combination of torrid scoring and aggressive rebounding. Unofficially the Jackets shot over 60% from the field and pulled down 20 second half rebounds to dominate the Cougars on their own floor.

Perrysburg once again played a good, solid team game and received contributions from a number of individuals. Guard Neal Linthicum led the team in scoring with 15 but Charlie Hughes was close behind with 14 and David Heiber with 13.

“We’ve got some pretty smart kids,” said Perrysburg coach Dave Boyce, and our kids worked pretty hard on how we wanted to defend Southview. Our kids did a great job of carrying it out.”

The first half was a closely played affair but it looked early like the Cougars were going to blow the Jackets out of the gym. Southview jumped out to an early 10-2 lead which caused the Jackets to call a timeout in an effort to regroup.

“I think when they (Southview) got the 10-2 lead and we called a timeout our kids were really composed in the timeout and everybody said we’re okay,” said coach Boyce. ‘Let’s just get a stop, get a basket.’”

After a 32-32 halftime tie, the game was broken open in the third quarter by Perrysburg. Southview’s exciting junior guard Tim Hausfeld received his third foul early in the quarter and, as a result, the Cougar defense faltered somewhat.

“They made a nice run at the end of the first half,” said coach Boyce, but obviously the key to the game was the third quarter when we were able to get control.”

In the third quarter the Yellow Jackets outscored the Cougars 19-12, including scoring the last final five points of the quarter, and, as a result, took a 51-44 advantage into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter Perrysburg opened with a 10-4 run and never looked back as they coasted home to remain undefeated for the season at 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the league. With their loss Southview falls to 6-1 in the league and 7-2 overall.

On the loss, Cougar coach Marc Jump stated: “Hopefully we grow. This is measuring stick for us. We had some wins where we won by a lot of points. Sometimes kids start thinking that they can just show up, flip on a switch and play. It doesn’t work that way.”

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