Perkins coach Scott McVeigh could only shake his head afterward.
His thoughts on Saturday's non-conference game at Norwalk, as well as his team's tournament future, was simple.
“That's just a very good team. They're good. They are athletic, disciplined and have a lot of weapons,” McVeigh said of Norwalk, which jumped out to a big lead early and handed the Pirates a 75-58 loss. “You have to give them all the credit. They're not undefeated for no reason. They've got it going on, and I'm just happy their not in Division II. I'm just happy they are the big D-1 school we don't have to worry about in the tournament.”
With the win, Norwalk — ranked No. 3 in the Division I Associated Press poll — improved to 19-0 and extended its regular season winning streak to 40 games. The Pirates fell to 15-4 overall, with two of those losses to the Truckers, including a 74-59 loss on opening night in Perkins on Nov. 30.
With the expansion of the regular season schedule to 22 games, both McVeigh and Norwalk coach Steve Gray agreed to have each team play twice, especially late in the season for a tournament barometer. The sectional draws are held today, and both teams are slated to be runaway favorites to earn No. 1 seeds.
“It's a good game. We did get better tonight off a loss, but again, they are good. Real good. We wanted to push everything towards the (Trey) Hallock kid a little bit, and he knocked down some shots. Even contested ones … when they're doing all that, they are just tough.”
Norwalk was 30 of 49 shooting from the field for the game (62 percent).
“I thought we played a good game. The only thing I was disappointed in was that we didn't rebound the ball like we're capable of,” Norwalk coach Steve Gray said. “A lot of that has to do with Perkins. They've got good athletes who get after it. And we have to clean up our free-throw shooting (12 of 24).”
For more information on this game and others, see Sunday's Sandusky Register and Monday's Norwalk Reflector.