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Birds Outlast Panthers To Remain Undefeated




Pettisville's Harris King gets fouled by Stryker's Jordan Olmstead, not shown, with 42 seconds left.-  photo by Mary Huber

Pettisville’s Harris King gets fouled by Stryker’s Jordan Olmstead, not shown, with 42 seconds left.- photo by Mary Huber

Whenever Pettisville and Stryker play each other in boys basketball, fans know it will be a close game played in a tournament atmosphere with plenty of excitement, no matter what the team records are.

The Birds hosted the Panthers in a Buckeye Border Conference matchup, Thursday, Jan. 8. Pettisville (8-0, 3-0 BBC) won 55-52 despite shooting only 12-25 from the free-throw line for 48%.

The Panthers (4-4, 2-1 BBC) were 15-19 from the foul line for 79%, and had only nine turnovers to Pettisville’s 15. Zach Erb’s last-second shot hit the front of the rim, preserving the Birds’ three-point win.

Both teams started strong, with Stryker holding a slight 13-12 edge after the first quarter. Pettisville picked up the intensity in the second, outscoring the Panthers 15-12 to hold a two-point 27-25 lead going into the locker room.

Pettisville outscored Stryker 12-11 in the third for a 39-36 edge after three.

The game remained close in the fourth, as both teams scored 16 points.

Michael Deffely hit a jumper with 3:50 left, giving Pettisville a 48-45 lead. The lead was up to five, 50-45, with 2:37 left.

After Stryker scored four straight points to close within two, 52-50, both teams traded baskets. Pettisville led 54-52 with 51.1 seconds left, and Deffely hit one of two from the foul line for the 55-52 victory.

Pettisville was 18-40 from the field for 45%, including seven three-pointers. Stryker was 17- 41 for 41% with three treys.

Quinn Nofziger led the Birds with 18 points. Deffely and Mi- chael Haase chipped in 13 and 12, respectively.

Erb led the Panthers with 13.

BOX SCORES

PETTISVILLE (55) – Deffely 13, Burkholder 2, Q. Nofziger 18, King 2, Klopfenstein 8, Haase 12. Totals 18- 12-55.

STRYKER (52) – Olmstead 7, Ruffer 11, Brown 3, Jaggers 11, Erb 13, Williams 5, Doehrmann 2. Totals 17-15-52.

PHS 12 15 12 16 – 55
SHS 13 12 11 16 – 52

Reserve score: Pettisville won 50- 36.

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