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Blackbirds Drop Third Straight

Aaron Bruner (24) puts defensive pressure on North Central's Chayse Keesecker in Pettisville's BBC contest with the Eagles, Friday, Jan. 22.– photo by Mary Huber

Aaron Bruner (24) puts defensive pressure on North Central’s Chayse Keesecker in Pettisville’s BBC contest with the Eagles, Friday, Jan. 22.– photo by Mary Huber

The Pettisville boys varsity basketball team lost two tight contests last week to drop its record to 6-6, 4-1 in the Buckeye Border Conference.

The Blackbirds hosted North Central, Friday, Jan. 22, for a BBC contest. The Eagles’ Derick Wyrick hit a shot with 5.7 seconds left to lift NC (3-7, 2-2 BBC) past Pettisville 59-58 in overtime.

PHS traveled to Evergreen, Saturday, Jan. 23, for a nonleague contest, and lost 47- 43. It was Pettisville’s third straight loss.

NC 59, PHS 58 OT

The Blackbirds led 18-14 at the end of the first quarter. Pettisville held a lead through the second quarter, and was ahead 24-18 with 2:14 left in the half. Two foul shots by Austin Douglass and a bucket by Wyrick with 39 seconds left closed the gap to 24-22 as the teams headed into the locker room.

The game stayed tight throughout the second half. North Central tied the score at 30 with 3:18 left in the third, the first time the score had been knotted since early in the game. Every time Pettisville scored a basket the Eagles did the same.

Taylor Short got open at the top of the key and sank a jumper, giving PHS a 36-34 lead entering the final eight minutes.

The Eagles’ Ryan Masters tied the score on a fast break, then scored on a feed from Wyrick, giving the Eagles their first lead since the 4:50 mark of the first period.

The lead seesawed back and forth the rest of regulation.

North Central led 49-47 with 2:15 remaining, and Short tied the score with 58 seconds left.

With 46.7 seconds left Wyrick drove to the basket and was fouled. He missed the first shot and made the second, but a lane violation on NC was called, nullifying the free throw.

The Eagles got the ball back on a Pettisville turnover, but Masters’ shot at the buzzer missed, sending the game into overtime.

Zane Miller’s basket with 11.6 seconds left in OT put Pettisville ahead 58-57, but Wyrick’s off-balance shot with 5.7 seconds left won the game.

Short led the Birds with 16 points, including the team’s four three-pointers. Zane Miller and Jacob Rupp added 14 and 13, respectively.

Wyrick led all scorers, with 22.

Evergreen 47, PHS 43

Pettisville trailed 13-11 after one. The Birds outscored the Vikings 12-10 in the second to knot the score at 23 at halftime.

PHS built a five-point lead at the end of the third quarter for a 39-34 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

Evergreen (10-1) held the Birds to just four fourthquarter points while scoring 13 for the 47-43 final.

Miller led PHS with 12 points. Aaron Bruner added 10.

– Short 16,
Rupp 13, Miller 14, Bruner 6, Pursel
7, Waidelich 2. Totals 25-4-58.
Douglass 6, Keesecker 12, Masters
17, Dancer 2, Wyrick 22. Totals 24-8-
18 6 12 13 9 – 58
14 8 12 15 10 – 59
Reserve score:
Pettisville won,
– Short 6,
Rupp 9, Miller 12, Bruner 10, Pursel
2, Waidelich 4. Totals 8-4-43.
– Mossing
13, Salsbury 14, Pennington 14,
Wielinski 4, Good 2. Totals 17-4-47.
11 12 16 4 – 43
13 10 11 13 – 47

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