Flyers post big road win against Pirates

It's been a busy stretch in the last eight days for the St. Paul boys' basketball team. Staff
Feb 17, 2013

But a five-game schedule in that stretch ended with one of the bigger non-conference wins for the Flyers in quite some time, as it led wire-to-wire in a 63-58 win at Perkins Saturday night.

St. Paul improved to 15-6 overall while the Pirates fell to 15-6.

With leading scorer Brandon Smith already sidelined with an ankle injury suffered Friday, the Pirates were helpless when Nic Williams (2012 SBC MVP) left the court in the fourth quarter, fouling out with 7:05 left to play, hurting the chances of Perkins completing a major comeback.

The Flyers shot 53 percent from the field and controlled the tempo from the opening tip.

“Obviously it is a great win for us. We're not a shabby basketball team,” St. Paul coach Mike Smith said. “This is our fifth game in eight days, so I am real proud of how we handled ourselves down the stretch. We knew they would bring it, and they did, but I couldn't be more happy with a big win on the road.”

Sal Sortino scored a game-high 21 points for the Flyers.

The Flyers jumped out to a big lead early, leading 20-12 after the first eight minutes and 35-24 at halftime after 12 of 20 shooting.

The Pirates went on a 7-4 run that cut the margin to 39-31.

A putback basket by Mitch Benkey cut the lead to six points midway through the third quarter and a Nic Williams jumper put the score at 44-41.

The Pirates trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter, but then Williams fouled out within the first minute.

Without Williams and Smith, the Pirates struggled to find their rhythm.

Williams scored 14 points in three quarters and grabbed eight boards.

The Flyers were 17 of 24 from the line.

Read more in Sunday's Sandusky Register and Monday's Norwalk Reflector.