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Birds Take Control In Fourth, Beat Panthers




Dominic Frey (5) hustles to save the ball from going out of bounds in spite of the efforts of Stryker's Brannan Woolace to block Frey's throw to a teammate.– photo by Mary Huber

Dominic Frey (5) hustles to save the ball from going out of bounds in spite of the efforts of Stryker’s Brannan Woolace to block Frey’s throw to a teammate.– photo by Mary Huber

Pettisville outscored Stryker 23-5 in the fourth quarter to defeat the Panthers 50-35, Friday, Feb. 15, in boys basketball Buckeye Border Conference action.

The Birds traveled to Wauseon, Saturday, Feb. 16, for a non-league battle. The Indians used a 19-9 second quarter to defeat PHS 56-43.

With its final regular-season game scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, PHS is 8-13, 5-4 BBC.

PHS 50, Stryker 35

The Birds avenged a Jan. 10 47-34 defeat at the claws of the Panthers (8-12, 6-3 BBC) with a strong fourth quarter.

The game remained tight throughout the first half. Pettisville led 11-8 after one period and 24-20 at the half.

Third-period scoring featured four three-pointers and a free throw. Stryker’s Hunter Clingaman hit a three-pointer for the period’s first points, and Alic Martinez tied the score at 24 with one of two at the foul line.

Parker Ruffer’s trey gave the Panthers a 27-24 advantage– their first lead since early in the game. Clingaman followed with another three for a 30-24 Stryker lead.

Dominic Frey scored Pettisville’s only points of the quarter– a three-pointer with three minutes left.

Those were the final points of the period as the Panthers took a 30-27 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Pettisville dominated the fourth quarter, outgunning the Panthers 23-5 to run away 50-35.

Tanner Rufenacht led PHS with 12 points. David Reyes was also in double figures, with 11.

Ruffer led the Panthers with 12, while Clingaman scored 10.

The Birds were 14-34 from the field for 41% and 20-26 at the foul line for 77%. Stryker was 14-42 from the field for 33% and 3-6 at the foul line for 50%.

The rebounding battle was tight, with Stryker grabbing 25 and Pettisville, 24. The Panthers committed 16 turnovers to the Blackbirds’ 10.

Wauseon 56, PHS 43

The Indians (12-9) led 9-6 after one, 28-15 at the half, and 29-24 after three.

Reyes was the only Blackbird in double figures, with 12.

Wauseon’s Collin Bzovi led all scorers with 13. Noah Castle added 12.

PHS was 13-43 from the field, including three treys, for 30% and 14-18 at the foul line for 78%. Wauseon was 21-37 from the field, including four three-pointers, for 57% and 10-17 at the foul line for 59%.

The Indians out-rebounded PHS 36-18.

BOX SCORES
PETTISVILLE (50) – Rufenacht
12, Reyes 11, Frey 9, Dykstra 9,
Siegel 9. Totals 14-20-50.
STRYKER (35) – Woolace 2,
Martinez 7, Ruffer 12, Robinson 2,
Clingaman 10, Hausch 2. Totals 14-
3-35.
PHS 11 13 3 23 -50
SHS 8 12 10 5 -35
Reserve: Pettisville won 38-17.
PETTISVILLE (43) – Rufenacht
8, Reyes 12, Valdez 2, Mann 6, Frey
1, Dykstra 6, Siegel 6, Rychener 2.
Totals 13-14-43.
WAUSEON (56) – Robinson
6, Shadbolt 6, Boysel 6, Bzovi 13,
Hammans 9, Newlove 4, Castle 12.
Totals 21-10-56.
PHS 69919-43
WHS 9 19 11 17 -56
Reserve: Wauseon won 42-40.


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