Perkins Pirates win district title over Toledo Scott Bulldogs

MORNING JOURNAL/SCOTT MAHONEY Perkins’ Brandon Smith cuts a piece of the net after the Pirates defeated Toledo Scott, 50-47 in overtime, capturing the Division II Bowling Green District Final on Saturday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SCOTT MAHONEY Perkins players and coaches hold their district championship medals and trophy after defeating Toledo Scott 50-47 in overtime on Saturday.

BOWLING GREEN — Brandon Smith and the Perkins Pirates had been there, and done that. That experience was more than enough to give them the confidence to shake off a bad first half and capture their second-straight district title by defeating Toledo Scott 50-47 in overtime Saturday night at the Stroh Center.

After a first half in which the Pirates shot just 26 percent from the field, Smith came out on fire, with the rest of the team following suit.

“In the first half, it wasn’t like we weren’t getting good looks. The shots just weren’t falling,” Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. “We’ve never taken a whole game and shot that bad, so we were confident those shots would start falling.”

Smith finished with a game-high 21 points, 14 of which came in the second half and overtime. He didn’t have to do it all on his own, though, as junior Nic Williams added 15, after scoring just three in the opening half.

The biggest basket of the night, though, didn’t come from either Smith or Williams.

In overtime, trailing 46-45 in a game in which momentum had flip-flopped all night, Toledo Scott’s Bryson Collins penetrated into the paint and got off a hook shot, while being fouled, that gave the Bulldogs the lead with less than two minutes left.

Rather than panic, the Pirates responded.

On the ensuing possession, Perkins junior David Doster found senior Mitchell Benkey on a backdoor cut under the basket. Benkey then slipped in a wide-open layup to give the Pirates the lead for good.

The two points were Benkey’s only points on the night.

“This wasn’t anything other than an old-fashioned slugfest,” Toledo Scott coach Chris Dames said. “It was hard to pressure them. They were bigger and very patient.”

While the Pirates were confident down the stretch, they appeared to be anything but at the start of the game.

Big-game jitters appeared to plague Perkins early in the game, as the Pirates went the opening 5:30 without scoring a basket, allowing the Bulldogs to open a 6-0 lead. Smith knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key that finally got Perkins on the board.

“Once I made my first shot, I think I gained a lot of confidence,” Smith said. “We were down 6-0, but I don’t think we were too nervous. Our goal, though, had been to knock them out early, which we didn’t really do.”

Smith’s 3 seemed to give the entire Pirates’ team confidence as they went on a 9-0 run to end the first quarter and start the second.

However, momentum never stayed on one side very long throughout the game, and the Bulldogs suddenly went on a 14-2 run.

“During (Perkins’) run, I thought we became too content with being a half-court team,” Dames said. “We felt that if we could secure the rebound, we could start looking down the floor first. We got some good transition buckets from that.”

At that point, the game nearly got out of hand quickly for the Pirates.

“We talked about how we had to limit their runs,” McVeigh said. “They’re very athletic, and they have a team that can put up a bunch of points very quickly.

“That where it comes down to our guys being a veteran group. They’ve played in big games and they’re poised. I never saw a glimpse of our guys becoming distraught at any time.”

In the second half, the Pirates came out on fire and those shots that weren’t falling in the first half, were suddenly dropping.

“That second half was very impressive, especially when compared to the first half,” McVeigh said. “The way we started the third quarter was huge for us. It got us some confidence, and we built off that.”

The victory moves Perkins into the Division II Region 6 semifinals against Columbus Bishop Watterson Thursday night at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green. Tip-off is at 6:15 p.m.

Perkins 50, Toledo Scott 47, OT

Division II Bowling Green

District Final

PERKINS — David Doster 1-2 4, Brandon Smith 7-4 21, Nic Williams 5-5 15, Mitchell Benkey 1-0 2, Chase Green 1-2 4, Kyle Lewis 2-0 4. TOTALS 17-13 50.

TOLEDO SCOTT — Chris Harris 0-4 4, Jermul Richardson 1-0 2, Bryson Collins 7-3 17, Chris Darrington 4-5 14, Trey Brown 2-2 6, Reuben Pratt 1-2 4. TOTALS 15-16 47.

3-POINT GOALS — P: Smith (3); TS: Darrington.

Score By Quarters

Perkins (21-5) 7 11 15 9 8 — 50

Toledo Scott (13-10) 6 15 10 11 5 — 47

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Perkins 17 of 37 (46 percent), Toledo Scott 15 of 33 (46 percent).

Free Throws — P 13 of 19 (68 percent), TS 16 of 21 (76 percent).

Rebounds — P 19 (Smith 6), TS 23 (Collins 11).

Turnovers — P 11, TS 14.


Last Updated: 3/9/2013 11:39:40 PM EST

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