Perkins clinches share of 3rd straight SBC title

Pirates blast Rockets for 10th SBC title
Alex Green
Feb 15, 2014

The Perkins boys basketball team went to Oak Harbor as the prohibited favorite to win Friday's Sandusky Bay Conference game.

To no surprise, it played out as expected with the Pirates wining, 53-36.

As a result, Perkins clinched a share of the conference title, which marks the third straight time the program has won the SBC. It is the 10th overall conference title for the Pirate program.

"I told these kids they've done something nobody's done in our history, going back-to-back-to-back," Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said.

Despite the Pirates' league dominance, Oak Harbor was not intimidated early on, taking a six-point deficit into the second quarter.

But as the Rockets held their own on their home floor, Nic Williams showed why he may be the top player in the conference.

He dropped 13 in the first half, one more than the entire Oak Harbor team.

"He's the player of the year," McVeigh said. "He's had a double-double every game this season. He added to that tonight. He puts in a lot of time when nobody is looking."

Williams finished with 23 points.

As SBC teams well know, an overemphasis on containing Williams only creates chances for his equally dangerous teammate, Kyle Lewis, who finished with 13.

Oak Harbor coach Eric Sweet admitted how tough Perkins can be to game-plan for.

"You have (Chase) Green, you have Lewis, and you have Williams," he said with a wry smile. "You can't box-and-one Williams with the other weapons they have.”

Oak Harbor let the game slip away in the second quarter when Williams and Lewis were at their best.

Outside of a shaky quarter, the Rockets largely hung with their superior opponent.

Oak Harbor will conclude its season with a game at Danbury tonight, two home games against Margaretta and Huron, then a sectional semifinal matchup against rival Port Clinton at the Division II Willard site.

Perkins will go to St. Paul tonight, and finish up conference play with away games against Clyde Wednesday and St. Mary Central Catholic next Friday.

The Pirates have a bye in the first round of sectionals, drawing the winner of Bellevue and Sandusky. Perkins beat Bellevue 65-52 back on Dec. 7, and edged Sandusky 68-67 on Feb. 1.