2019-01-09 / Sports

PHS Boys Win Pair Of BBC Contests


Sam Rychener drives to the basket in Pettisville’s 54-30 BBC win over Edon.– photo by Mario Gomez Sam Rychener drives to the basket in Pettisville’s 54-30 BBC win over Edon.– photo by Mario Gomez The Pettisville boys basketball team earned a pair of Buckeye Border Conference wins to start 2019.

The Birds traveled to Fayette, Thursday, Jan. 3 and held off the Eagles in double overtime 62-61.

Edon entered the Bird Cage, Saturday, Jan. 5, and PHS improved to 5-1 in the BBC with a 54-30 win.

The Birds fell at Ottawa Hills 64-51, Friday, Dec. 28, in a non-league contest.

Pettisville stands at 7-3 almost midway through the season.

PHS 54, Edon 30

Pettisville kept pace with Stryker (8-2, 6-0 BBC), remaining one game behind after defeating Edon (3-7, 3-3 BBC).

The Birds rode the inside game of Graeme Jacoby and Sam Rychener to start the game. The duo each scored four points toward a 12-4 first-quarter lead.

“I think Sam and Graeme have really started to establish that inside game,” said Brian Leppelmeier, PHS head coach.

“I think it really changes the way teams have to defend us, and hopefully it opens up some outside opportunities with some open shots on the perimeter.”

Holding a 16-5 advantage early in the second period, the Birds used a full-court press that flustered the Bombers into some costly mistakes, leading to a 14-7 run over the final six minutes for a 30-14 halftime lead.

Logan Rufenacht scored 10 of Pettisville’s 18 points in the third period to extend the lead to 27 points, 48-21.

“I liked our defensive effort,” said Leppelmeier.

“We need to get a little more rhythm offensively,” said Leppelmeier.

“We had a nice start and hit a little bit of a lull there, but overall a nice league win.”

Rufenacht led all scorers with 15 points.

Jacoby added 12 while Ry- chener and Detric Yoder pitched in 10 each.

Austin Kiess led the Bombers with 10 points.

Pettisville shot 50% from the field on 21-42 shooting. Edon was 13-40 for 33%.

The Bombers won the battle of the boards 26-22.

PHS 62, Fayette 61 2 OT

The Birds and Eagles played bonus basketball in the form of two overtime periods in a highly entertaining BBC contest.

Pettisville led 24-19 at the half and increased the difference to 11 after three, 40- 29.

Fayette (7-4, 4-2 BBC) outscored PHS 18-7 in the fourth to tie the game at 47 at the end of regulation.

Both teams put up eight points in the first overtime.

Pettisville outscored the Eagles 7-6 in the second OT to earn the hard-fought 62- 61 victory.

Jacoby led all scorers and recorded a double-double with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Rufenacht drilled three treys and scored 13 points.

Clayton Pheils paced the Eagles with 26 points. Noah Brinegar and Trey Keefer scored 12 points each.

PHS senior Austin Horning suffered an Achilles injury in the game that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Ottawa Hills 64, PHS 51

Leading 41-35 after three, Ottawa Hills (4-1) took control in the final eight minutes, outscoring the Birds 23-16 for a 64-51 win.

Rychener led all scorers with 23 points. Jacoby added 12 and had nine of Pettisville’s 26 rebounds.

Eliot Cummings led the Green Bears with 20 points. James Silk scored 12 and John Kight added 11.

BOX SCORES
PETTISVILLE (51) - Rufenacht
4, Yoder 7, Vickery 5, Rychener 23,
Jacoby 12. Totals 21-6-51.
OTTAWA HILLS (64) - Chappell
9, W. Kight 2, J. Kight 11, Silk 12,
Hoffman 8, VanSlooten 2, Cummings
20. Totals 23-17-64.
PHS 11 9 15 16 - 51
OHHS 10 13 18 23 - 64
JV: Pettisville won 34-27.

PETTISVILLE (62) - Avina 1,
Rufenacht 13, Yoder 5, A. Horning
5, Vickery 4, Grieser 1, Rychener 5,
Jacoby 28. Totals 19-20-62.
FAYETTE (61) - Wentz 5, Brinegar
12, Pheils 26, Maginn 4, Keefer 12,
Lemley 2. Totals 19-15-61.
PHS 111316787-62
FHS 14 5101886-61
JV: Pettisville won 45-29.

PETTISVILLE (54) - Rufenacht
15, Yoder 10, Vickery 3, Keim 4,
Rychener 10, Jacoby 12. Totals 11-8-
54.
EDON (30) - Schaffter 6, Dye
3, Kiess 10, Dulle 2, Gallehue 7,
Hulbert 2. Totals 13-3-30.
PHS 12 18 18 6 - 54
EHS 41079-30
JV: Pettisville won 46-14.

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