Pettisville stands 8-9, 4-4 in the Buckeye Border Conference after wins over Hilltop and Hicksville and a loss to Ayersville last week in boys basketball action.
The Birds hosted Ayersville, Tuesday, Feb. 8, for a non-league game that was rescheduled from Saturday, Feb. 5. The Pilots jumped out to a 17-6 first-quarter lead and never looked back, winning 55-41.
The Blackbirds were on the road, Friday, Feb. 11, to Hilltop High School. Pettisville outscored the Cadets 19-6 in the second quarter and 27-8 in the third for a 64-40 BBC victory.
Back on the road, Saturday, Feb. 12, the Birds traveled to Hicksville for another non-league contest. Down 34-31 after three, Pettisville hit 12 of 14 foul shots in the final period to squeak out a 53-50 victory.
Ayersville 55, PHS 41
Pettisville led 6-3 with five minutes left in the first period when the Pilots went on a 14-0 run to end the period up by 11, 17-6.
Pettisville came within five, 23-18, with 3:42 left in the second, but Ayersville (7- 8) went into the locker room with a 10-point lead, 30-20.
The closest the Birds could get in the second half was a six-point difference, 36-30, midway through the third period.
Aaron Bruner and Zach Pursel each scored 10 points to lead PHS.
Ayersville’s Dallas Smith led all scorers, with 27.
The Pilots were 25-47 from the field for 53% and 4-6 at the foul line for 67%. Pettisville was 17-41 from the field for 41% and 6-9 from the foul line for 67%.
The Pilots won the rebounding battle, 24-22.
PHS 64, Hilltop 40
“This was a great team effort,” said Greg Nofziger, PHS head coach.
The Birds turned a 10-6 first-quarter advantage into a 29-12 halftime lead. The gap widened to 36 points, 56-20, after three.
Pettisville’s Jacob Rupp led all scorers with 18 points, including two three-pointers. Taylor Short scored 11 and Aaron King had 10.
Trevor Reamsnyder was the only Cadet in double figures, with 11. Hilltop dropped to 2-14, 1-7 BBC.
Pettisville was 25-51 from the field for 49% and 11-14 at the foul line for 79%. Hilltop was 14-45 from the field for 31% and 7-9 from the foul line for 78%.
The Birds had 30 rebounds to Hilltop’s 25.
PHS 53, Hicksville 50
A close first half resulted in a 22-21 halftime lead for the Aces. Hicksville (2-15) was up by three, 34-31, going into the final eight minutes.
The Aces folded in the final period under 86% free-throw shooting by the Birds.
Short led PHS with 16 points, including converting seven of eight shots at the foul line in the final period. Rupp scored 13 in the game.
Logan Husted hit four treys for 12 points to lead Hicksville. Justin Miller was also in double figures, with 10.
For the game, Pettisville was 20-23 at the foul line. Hicksville was 7-12.
The Pettisville Homecoming game has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, when the Birds host Stryker in a BBC contest.
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