The Bird Cage played host to the annual Fulton County boys basketball rivalry between Archbold and Pettisville, Saturday, Dec. 22.
Archbold came into the contest sporting a 5-1 record while Pettisville stood at 3- 2.
As in any rivalry, records are thrown out the window and bragging rights are at stake.
The Blue Streaks returned home with a 65-40 victory and bragging rights for another year.
The game started at a furious pace with Archbold’s Jay Miller scoring a bucket and getting fouled in the process for an early 3-0 lead.
A Pettisville turnover and a Zeb Frank three-pointer gave Archbold a quick 6-0 lead.
Pettisville went an 8-0 run with two free throws by Jacob Valdez, a Dominic Frey layup, two more free throws by David Reyes, and a jumper by Tanner Rufenacht for an 8-6 lead.
Evan Wyse scored the next four points to give the Streaks a 10-8 advantage.
Austin Dykstra tied the score with a layup, and Rufenacht gave Pettisville its last lead of the evening with a three to make the score 13- 10.
Archbold ended the period with an 8-0 run with an E. Wyse layup, back-to-back Tyson Dietrich buckets, and a Devin Shannon layup for an 18-13 first-period advantage.
Both teams were cold from the field in the second, but warm at the charity stripe. Archbold was 1-5 from the field thanks to a Frank trey, while Korben Rychener scored the only bucket for PHS, who was 1-6 from the field for the period.
The free-throw line helped both teams. Archbold went 12-16 and Pettisville was 9- 13, and the Streaks led 33- 24 going into the break.
Streaks Pull Away
Luke Fisher started the scoring in the second half for Archbold with a put-back.
Both teams exchanged buckets with Frey scoring on two layups and Dykstra on a jumper, and Dietrich with a jumper and free throw to make the score 38-30.
The Blackbirds got no closer as Archbold went on a 10-0 run on the strength of six Frank points.
Reyes stopped the run with a trey, but Frank answered with a three of his own in transition to give AHS a 51-33 lead.
Rufenacht ended the third with a three for PHS to close the gap to 51-36.
The fourth proved costly for the Birds as they mustered only four points.
Fisher took over the period, scoring eight points. Archbold outscored Pettisville 14-4 to take the 65-40 victory.
The Streaks were 20-30 at the foul line for the game, while Pettisville was 13-18.
AHS was 21-37 from the field, including three treys. PHS was 12-37, with three treys.
Three Streaks were in double figures. Frank led all scorers with 15 points. Dietrich scored 14 and Fisher chipped in 10.
Frey led Pettisville with eight points.
ARCHBOLD (65) – Grosjean 2,
Miller 4, E. Wyse 9, Walker 2, Goering 2, Dietrich 14, Fisher 10, Schnitkey 2, Shannon 5, Frank 15. Totals
PETTISVILLE (40) – Rufenacht
6, Reyes 7, Valdez 2, Stuckey 5, Frey
8, Dykstra 4, Siegel 6, Rychener 2.
AHS 18 15 18 14 – 65
PHS 13 11 12 4 – 40
Reserve: Archbold won 39-34.
Freshmen: Pettisville won 34-