Norwalk 73, Perkins 59
Norwalk's Jake Fetherolf rose up baseline for a one-handed dunk attempt in the fourth quarter, but misfired and the ball badly deflected out of bounds in Friday's boys basketball opener at Perkins.
It was about the only mistake the 6-foot-6 senior made all night, as Fetherolf was 10 of 12 shooting and scored 24 points in Norwalk's 73-59 win.
“I tried throwing it down too hard,” Fetherolf said of his dunk attempt. “I should have gone up with two hands, I guess. Lesson learned, it won't happen again.
“Benny (Haraway) was getting me the ball, and my shot was on, so that always helps. We had one goal tonight, and that was to just get the win.”
It was a matchup between two area teams that both reached the regional semifinals a year ago, with Norwalk falling to Toledo Whitmer in a Division I semifinal and Perkins falling to Elida in a Division II final.
A capacity crowd was on hand, and for nearly three quarters each team went back and forth, fighting for the lead. But in the second half, Perkins finished with just seven rebounds and the Truckers got out in transition a few times too many.
“In the second half, it boiled down to them getting big rebounds off of us,” Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. “That was a key. Offensively, they executed better than we did in the second half. Norwalk is a good team, a very good team, let's not forget that either.
Sandusky 45, Toledo Waite 38
A furious fourth quarter surge lifted Sandusky's young boys basketball team to a 45-38 road win over Toledo Waite Friday in the coaching debut for Bobby Langdon.
'I'm really proud of this team. They came back in that last quarter to use the quickness we have and take over," Langdon said.
The Streaks trailed 34-28 after three quarters and senior D'Maja Jordan sparked the come-from-behind nod with 10 of his 12 points. SHS outscored Waite 17-4 in the last eight minutes.
"We had too many turnovers tonight and must cut that down. The key for us was we were aggressive in the fourth quarter and D'Maja took advantage of some open looks and also drove for a couple of baskets. We also set up some nice picks for him," Langdon said.
SMCC 80, Tiffin Calvert 71
St. Mary Central Catholic opened its season with an 80-71 win over Tiffin Calvert Friday night.
Ryan Meyers led SMCC with 20 points which included two 3-pointers. Melvin Jackson added 15 points and Denarius Harris scored 11 points and seven rebounds.
For more information on these games and others, see Saturday's Sandusky Register.