The Pettisville boys basketball team stayed one game ahead of Stryker in the Buckeye Border Conference last week, garnering a 66-42 victory at Fayette.
The Birds also held off Edgerton 43-36 in a nonleague contest on the road.
Ranked 15th in the first Division IV state poll of the season, Pettisville improved to 11-1, 7-0 BBC.
PHS 66, Fayette 42
Starting the second round of BBC games, Fayette hosted the Blackbirds, Thursday, Jan. 11.
Fayette’s Travis Wagner scored six points to push the Eagles to an early 8-6 lead.
Detric Yoder drained a three-pointer and Dillon King scored inside for Pettisville to take an 11-8 lead, but Fayette’s Porter Maginn buried a three at the buzzer to tie the game at 11.
Justin Rupp opened the second period with a three for the Birds. After Maginn answered with a layup, Yoder and Rupp nailed backto back treys for a 20-13 advantage.
Noah Brinegar scored six points in the second quarter for the Eagles, but Logan Rufenacht nailed two more threes for PHS, including one to end the second quarter, to give the Birds a 32-24 lead going into the locker room.
Pettisville went on a 10-2 run to open the second half for a 42-26 advantage.
Rufenacht continued his outside dominance, draining two threes in the quarter, and King contributed a pair of conventional three-point plays to go into the final eight minutes up 53-31.
The Blackbirds went back to fundamentals in the fourth. They used ball control and passing to find good shots while holding their ground on the defensive end to limit Fayette’s scoring opportunities.
Rufenacht and Yoder led PHS with 12 points each.
King added 11 and Sam Rychener scored 10.
Brinegar led all scorers with 14 points. Maginn added 12.
Pettisville shot 63% from the field on 25-40 shooting with nine treys and was 7-7 at the charity stripe.
Fayette was 17-43 from the field for 40% and was 5- 10 at the foul line.
Pettisville won the rebounding battle 17-13.
PHS 43, Edgerton 36
The Bulldogs welcomed Pettisville, Saturday, Jan. 13.
The Blackbirds trailed 17- 15 at halftime but used a 15- 2 third quarter to go into the fourth quarter up 30-19.
Edgerton outscored the Birds 17-13 in the final quarter, but it was not enough.
Yoder led all scorers with 15 points.
Clayton Flegal led Edgerton with 10.
Pettisville shot 14-36 from the field for 39%, while Edgerton was 12-40 for 30%.
The Birds were out-rebounded 25-24, with King grabbing eight.
PETTISVILLE (66) – Rufenacht
12, Yoder 12, Rupp 9, Vickery 8,
Grieser 2, King 11, Rychener 10,
Jacoby 2. Totals 25-7-66.
FAYETTE (42) – Maginn 12,
Pheils 6, Wagner 6, Lemley 2,
Brinegar 14, Schaffner 2. Totals 17-
PHS 11 21 21 13 – 66
FHS 11 13 7 11 – 42
JV: Pettisville won 42-17.
PETTISVILLE (43) – Yoder 15,
Rupp 7, Vickery 4, King 5, Rychener
8, Jacoby 4. Totals 14-11-43.
EDGERTON (36) – Sack 8,
Cape 8, Gary 4, Flegal 10, Roth 2,
Showalter 4. Totals 12-9-36.
JV: Pettisville won 55-44 (OT).
Freshmen: Edgerton def. Pettisville