It was the end of the line for Pettisville (8-16) when Fayette, (22-1), ranked third in Division IV by the Associated Press, defeated the Birds 56-18 for the sectional boys basketball championship, Friday, Feb. 26, at Swanton.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 10-0 lead before Caleb Rychener hit a jumper at the four-minute mark to get Pettisville on the scoreboard.
Down 11-2, Rychener hit a traditional three-pointer to close within six, 11-5.
Jared Seiler’s layup was answered with a Justin Rupp three-pointer, cutting the difference to 13-8.
Fayette held the ball for the last shot of the quarter. Alec Bost drained a three with no time on the clock, giving the Eagles the momentum and a 16-8 lead.
Fayette opened the second with another 10-0 run before Gabe Beck stopped the drought with a bucket at the 3:30 mark, followed by an Evan King three.
Fayette scored the final points of the quarter on a Seiler bucket to go into the locker room leading 28-13.
The second half sealed Pettisville’s doom, as the Birds scored only five points while surrendering 28.
Fayette led 41-16 after three and nearly shut the Blackbirds out in the fourth until Detric Yoder scored on a jumper with no time on the clock for the 56-18 final.
Seiler led all scorers with 16 points. Bost scored 12 points on 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Rychener led PHS with five.
Fayette out-rebounded the Birds 20-13 and had only turnovers to Pettis- ville’s 13.
Fayette played Edgerton (16-8), last night, Tuesday, in the district opener at Napoleon.
Ayersville (21-2, ranked fourth in Div. IV), played Holgate (11-13) in the nightcap.
Winners play for the district championship, Friday, March 4, 7 p.m., at Napoleon.
PETTISVILLE (18) – E. King 3,
Beck 4, Rupp 3, D. King 1, D. Yoder
2, Rychener 5. Totals 6-4-18.
FAYETTE (56) – Bost 12, Colegrove 6, Reinking 1, Keefer 2, Lopez
2, Wagner 2, Smith 5, Seiler 16,
Stuckey 2, Bates 8. Totals 22-5-56.
FHS 16 12 13 15 – 56