The Pettisville boys basketball team continued its run through the Buckeye Border Conference with a 49-23 victory over Edon, and then held off an upstart Evergreen squad 45-42 in nonleague action to run its record to 13-1, 8-0 BBC.
“It’s kind of a tough time right now,” said Brian Leppelmeier, PHS head coach. “A lot of games, and you’ve got to stay focused, but I think that kind of takes care of itself.
“Our guys know that come each game night, we’re gonna get each team’s best shot, so we’ve got to play our best.”
PHS 49, Edon 23
The Bombers (0-13, 0-8 BBC) invaded the Bird Cage, Thursday, Jan. 18, looking to serve Pettisville its first BBC loss and get their first BBC victory of the season.
The Blackbirds got off to a fast start. Canidate Vickery’s five points in the first 1:30 propelled Pettisville to a 7-0 lead before Edon broke into the scoring column.
A Justin Rupp three-pointer at the buzzer gave PHS a 16-4 lead after one.
Pettisville opened the second with an 8-0 run. Sam Rychener led the charge with five points for a 24-4 advantage.
A Rupp three-point bomb at the end of the second give Pettisville a commanding 29- 8 lead.
The Bombers trimmed the difference to 35-18 after three.
Pettisville led by 22, 44-22, with five minutes left, on its way to the 49-23 final.
“Edon was mixing up their defense a little bit,” said Leppelmeier. “Some man-to-man to start with, then they went zone, but I thought our guys really shared the basketball and really executed.
“Our identity is to play good solid man-to-man defense, and on the offensive end, pass and share the ball. We’ve been very balanced not relying on one person.”
Rupp led all scorers with 14 points. Rychener and Dillon King each added 10.
Cameron Reed and Logan Bloir each scored six to lead Edon.
Pettisville shot 19-43 from the field for 44% and pulled down 32 rebounds.
Edon was 9-33 from the field for 27% with 15 rebounds.
PHS 45 Evergreen 42
At Evergreen, Saturday, Jan. 20, the Birds held the Vikings scoreless to take a 10-0 lead after one.
Evergreen came to life in the second period after falling behind by as many as 13 points to outscore the Birds 15-12 and trail by only seven, 22-15, at the half.
The Vikings used a strong third period to tie the game at 30 entering the final stanza.
In a back-and-forth final quarter, the Vikings were up by as many as five points before Pettisville came back and led by three with less than 15 seconds on the clock.
Evergreen had the ball, but Rupp deflected a pass to an open player and the clock ran out, and Pettisville escaped with its 13th win of the season.
Graeme Jacoby led PHS with 13 points. Vickery and Rupp each added 10.
Evergreen’s Mason Loeffler led all scorers with 15 points. Bryce Hudik scored 10.
Pettisville was 17-38 from the field for 45% and 10-17 from the charity stripe.
Evergreen was 15-36 from the field for 42% and 8-12 at the foul line.
The Birds pulled down 21 rebounds and Evergreen grabbed 19.
PETTISVILLE (49) – Yoder 6,
Rupp 14, Roth 2, Vickery 7, King 10,
Rychener 10. Totals 19-4-49.
EDON (23) – Reed 6, Schaffter 3,
Siebenaler 3, Bloir 6, Kiess 5. Totals
PHS 16 13 6 14 – 49
JV: Pettisville won 44-16.
PETTISVILLE (45) – Yoder 4,
Rupp 10, Roth 2, Vickery 10, King 4,
Rychener 2, Jacoby 13. Totals 17-10-
EVERGREEN (42) – Dowling 4,
Lumbrezer 3, Hudik 10, Brighton 4,
Loeffler 15, Etve 6. Totals 15-8-42.
PHS 10 12 8 15 – 45
EHS 0 15 15 12 – 42
JV: Evergreen won.
Freshmen: Archbold def. Pettisville
42-25, Monday, Jan. 15. Pettisville
def. Fayette 19-13, Tuesday, Jan.
16. Pettisville (6-5, 4-2 BBC) def.
Evergreen 26-19, Saturday, Jan. 20.