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Early buzzer-beater sparks Perkins to win

Dan Angelo • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

A buzzer-beating heave to end the first quarter is normally not much more than a conversation piece in years to come.

It was a spark for Perkins on Friday.

Zak Dees' hit nothing but the bottom of the net with his long-range bomb Friday night, igniting a 21-point second quarter for the Pirates in a 57-42 Sandusky Bay Conference victory at Huron.

"If Zak doesn't hit that, we're down by two and scored just six points in the first quarter, so that was big," Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. "We came out flat and acted like we had never seen a zone in our lives, but give Huron credit because their kids did a nice job early in taking away the inside.

"To be honest, I don't know if we got a post touch in the first eight minutes of the game."

The long-range bomb gave the Pirates a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter with Dees opening the second with one of those post touches to push the lead to 11-8. Brandon Smith then tossed in 11 of his game-high 20 points over the next seven minutes as Perkins pulled out to a 30-18 halftime lead.

The Pirates (11-2, 8-2) converted 8 of 11 shots in the period while Huron was just 4 of 13 from the floor for the quarter and 7 of 23 for the half.

"There comes a time when you are playing a big kids where kids are going to have to step up and make shots," Tigers coach Bobby James said. "We're not getting that. It's been the same theme all year, we get wide open look after wide open look after wide open look, but if you can't make a shot, you're not going to win the game."

The shooting woes continued throughout the game for Huron, which ended just 15 of 45 from the field, including 3 of 16 from beyond the arc.

"Perkins has guys that if you give them open looks, they are going to knock them down," James said. "That's the difference between the teams. They've got guys who can knock down open looks and we don't right now, and that's a big difference."

Brian Bollenbacher scored 16 points to lead the Tigers (7-6, 6-4) with Aaron Casey tossing in nine. Casey also had15 rebounds.

Dees finished with 11 points and Tony Genter came off the bench to toss in 10, while Michael Ebert finished with 12 boards.

"It was a good team win," McVeigh said. "We were coming off a week where we had a lot of kids who were sick and a lot of kids who were hurt, so we did a nice job. We went 9-10 deep and everyone who stepped on the floor contributed in a good way.

"The more guys we can get who can do that, the better we're going to be. Our kids played well."

Huron won the junior varsity game by a 52-46 margin with Jake Justus scoring 14 points and Collin McCready adding 10. Mason Gerold finished with 15 points and Cameron Waldock added 14 from the Pirates.

PERKINS (11-2, 8-2 SBC)

David Doster 0-11; Brandon Smith 7-4--20; Nic Williams 0-3--3; Michael Ebert 2-3--7; Michael Lococo 1-0--3; Zak Dees 5-0--11; Tony Genter 5-0--10; Cory Pisano 0-2--2. Totals 20-13--57

HURON (7-6, 6-4 SBC)

Aaron Driftmyer 1-0--2; Cody Thompson 2-0--4; Brian Bollenbacher 6-1--16; Aaron Casey 2-5--9; Sam Hemker 1-0--2; Nick Butler 0-1--1; Eric Mentis 1-0--2; Drew Enderle 1-2--4; Jake Justus 1-0--2. Totals 15-9-42

Perkins 9 21 11 16 -- 57

Huron 8 10 7 17 -- 42

3-point goals -- (P) Brandon Smith 2, Michael Lococo 1, Zak Dees 1; (H) Brian Bollenbacher 3

Jayvees -- Huron 52-46

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