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Eagles Soar Past Birds For District Championship




Gabe Beck (5) eyes the basket as he gets pressure defensively from Fayette’s Jerad Seiler.– photo by Mario Gomez

Gabe Beck (5) eyes the basket as he gets pressure defensively from Fayette’s Jerad Seiler.– photo by Mario Gomez

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.

Dillon King goes to the basket.– photo by Mario Gomez

Dillon King goes to the basket.– photo by Mario Gomez

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.

District

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.

BOX SCORE
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.
PHS 8532-18
FHS 16 12 13 15 – 56


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