Sometimes all you need is a little momentum.
After going back and forth through the first three quarters a solid lead over Bowling Green to start the fourth and never looked back.
It was enough to defeat the Bobcats, 60-51, in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center.
The Pirates will face Toledo Scott (14-9) at 5 p.m. Saturday in the district championship, back at the Stroh Center.
Scott defeated Otsego 67-40 in Wednesday's opener.
The Pirates are looking to reach the Sweet 16 regional field for the second straight season.
“I think, No. 1, we played this basketball game the way it should be played,” Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. “We played unselfish, we played hard, we played strong, physical. There’s a lot of things to point to in this game.”
With Perkins down by one point heading into the fourth, a light seemed to switch on for the Pirates.
They opened the fourth quarter with a run of seven unanswered points to take a 48-42 lead with 6:37 remaining that they never relinquished.
Brandon Smith opened the fourth quarter barrage with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the quarter, then Nic Williams rebounded a missed shot from Bowling Green’s Vitto Brown, a 6-foot-8 University of Wisconsin commit, and scored in transition.
Another Perkins rebound off a missed Bobcat shot got the ball back to Smith who scored a layup to give the Pirates the 48-42 lead.
Williams led the Pirates with 25 points and 17 rebounds, while Smith added 18 points.
Bowling Green took a timeout after the Pirates’ seven-point run, and while Andre Herringshaw came out and scored a three-pointer to close the Pirates’ lead, they came right back to score eight more points without a response from the Bobcats.
After Herringshaw’s three, Smith drove to the basket and pulled up to extend Perkins’ lead to 50-45.
Benkey picked off a pass from Brown to get Perkins the ball back and Williams scored after collecting his own rebound to make it 52-45.
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