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Birds Shoot Down PH Patriots In OT




Pettisville's Zach Pursel, left, and Josh Borton put up a defensive wall and prevent Patrick Henry's Kent Tietje from scoring in the paint.– photo by Mary Huber

Pettisville’s Zach Pursel, left, and Josh Borton put up a defensive wall and prevent Patrick Henry’s Kent Tietje from scoring in the paint.– photo by Mary Huber

Pettisville outscored Patrick Henry 12-3 in overtime to defeat the Patriots 58-49, Tuesday, Dec. 28 in nonleague boys basketball action.

The victory raised Pettisville’s record to 2-4, and dropped PH to 4-2.

The Birds faced a starting lineup of 6-foot-5, 6-4, 6-2, 6- 1, and 6-0. Pettisville’s starting lineup is 6-4, 6-2, and three 5-9 players.

How much did PH’s height bother the Birds?

“A ton, but we’re getting to the point now where everybody’s taller than we are,” said Greg Nofziger, PHS head coach.

“We haven’t played a single team that we’ve had size on, so maybe we’re finally getting used to the teams that are bigger than us and finding what we can and can’t do.” Patriots Go On A Run

PH jumped out to a 12-1 lead in the first quarter before the Birds went on a 7- 0 run to finish the quarter down 12-8. Aaron Bruner hit two straight deuces and Taylor Short hit a three-pointer to complete the run with 42.5 seconds left in the period.

Left: Aaron Bruner hits a deuce with 2:08 left in the third period to close the gap with PH to one point, 32-31. Right: Zach Pursel put the Birds ahead 34-32 with a traditional three-pointer in the third period, and scored a bucket with four seconds left in the period to give PHS a 36-35 lead heading into the final eight minutes.– photo by Mary Huber

Left: Aaron Bruner hits a deuce with 2:08 left in the third period to close the gap with PH to one point, 32-31. Right: Zach Pursel put the Birds ahead 34-32 with a traditional three-pointer in the third period, and scored a bucket with four seconds left in the period to give PHS a 36-35 lead heading into the final eight minutes.– photo by Mary Huber

Pettisville scored the first two points in the second period on free throws by Bruner to close the gap to 12-10, but couldn’t quite get over the hump. The Patriots built the lead back to eight, 22- 14, with 3:56 left in the half, and were ahead 28-21 at the break.

The Birds came out of the locker room and scored the third period’s first seven points to tie the score at 28. Aaron King started the run with a deuce, which was followed by a Bruner free throw and basket off an offensive rebound.

Zach Pursel tied the score with a basket at the halfway mark in the period.

Shane Bostelman scored to put PHHS ahead 30-28. Jacob Rupp hit one of two free throws for PHS. Nick Gerschutz hit a shot for the Pats giving them a threepoint lead, 32-29.

Bruner hit a basket, and Pursel scored a conventional three to put Pettisville ahead for the first time in the game, 34-32.

 

 

Bostelman hit a basket and was fouled. He made the free throw and PH was back in the lead, 35-34.

Pursel’s basket with four seconds left gave the Birds a 36-35 lead going into the fi- nal eight minutes.

“The emphasis was to start pushing the basketball up and down the floor,” said Nofziger. “We missed our first four shots in the paint in the third, but I thought that was really setting the tempo for us, and the kids really got up and down the floor really well.”

Patrick Henry went on a 6- 0 run and led 41-36 less than three minutes into the final period. The Birds clawed their way back to a tie at 41 with a 5-0 run of their own.

With PH leading 46-45 and 2:54 left in regulation, Rupp hit one of two foul shots to tie the score at 46. The Patriots were called for an offensive charge, and Pettisville went into a stall to hold the ball for the last shot. King’s shot rolled off the rim and PH grabbed the rebound with 2.7 seconds left.

After a pair of time-outs, Kolby Seemann threw the ball to half-court where PH called another time-out to set up a last play. Seemann inbounded the ball to Kent Tietje, who put up a desperation shot that was far short of the basket, sending the game into OT. Overtime

The extra period was all Pettisville. With the Birds leading 50-47 and 57 seconds left on the clock, PH started sending the Blackbirds to the foul line. Pettisville went 10 of 10, including eight of eight by Short, at the free-throw line in the final minute for the 58-49 victory.

“(PH) got down, and when you get down you end up having to foul,” said Nofziger. “As long as we make foul shots we can stretch it out. I thought we did a nice job taking care of the basketball in the second half.

“I thought that was huge compared to the first half.”

Pettisville committed only two turnovers in the second half and overtime. The Birds had 12 in the game, while PH had 21.

Short led PHS with 23 points, including three treys and 10 free throws. Bruner scored 13 and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Pursel had eight rebounds.

Bostelman led PHHS with 18 points. Brett Yungmann (Continued on page 5) (Continued from page 4) was also in double figures, with 12.

PH was 16-17 from the foul line for 94%. The Birds were 19-25 for 76%, which “is higher than our percentage for the year,” said Nofziger.

“It’s nice to see the kids step up and start hitting some clutch shots. I thought we actually had several hustle plays out of Aaron Bruner and Jacob Rupp, and Taylor Short was pushing the ball well.

“It just seemed like at key times we were coming up with the basketball when we needed to.”

BOX SCORE
PETTISVILLE ( 58) Rupp 7, T.
Short 23, Bruner 13, King 6, Pursel
7, Borton 2. Totals 18- 19- 58.
PATRICK HENRY ( 49)
Seemann 7, Yungmann 12, Nafziger
2, Bostelman 18, Tietje 3, Gerschutz
7. Totals 16-16-49.
PHS 8 13 15 10 12 58
PHHS 12 16 7 11 3 49
Reserve score: PH won, 39- 32.


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