Fayette claimed the Buckeye Border Conference boys basketball title, Friday, Feb. 12, with a home court 40-25 win over Pettisville.
The Blackbirds entertained Wauseon, Saturday, Feb. 13, and dropped a 56-34 contest to the Indians.
Pettisville sits at 6-15, 5-4 BBC.
Fayette 40, PHS 25
With an opportunity to clinch an outright BBC title, Fayette took full advantage of its home court.
Ranked fourth in Division IV by the Associated Press, the Eagles jumped out to an early 8-2 lead before a Pettisville time-out stopped the run.
Dillon King scored four of Pettisville’s eight points in the first quarter, but it was a three-point basket at the end of the quarter that helped Fayette carry a 17-8 lead into the second.
Pettisville only managed a four-point second quarter, but Fayette played a patient style and scored nine points to take a 26-12 lead into the locker room.
Fayette never ran away with the game, but managed to keep Pettisville at bay the rest of the game.
The Blackbirds outscored the Eagles 10-8 in the third to trail 34-22 going into the final eight minutes.
Fayette held the ball and found good shots as the clock wound down to a BBC title for the Eagles.
Pettisville was outscored in the period 6-3 and the Eagles ran their record to 19-1, 9-0 BBC with the 40-25 win.
Neither team had a player in double figures. Gabe Beck led the Blackbirds with nine points while Fayette was led by Alec Bost with nine.
The Eagles grabbed 19 rebounds to 16 for PHS. The Birds committed 10 turnovers while Fayette had only five.
Wauseon 56, PHS 34
It was a different type of game when the Indians traveled west to take on the Blackbirds in the Bird Cage in a non-league contest.
Wauseon (18-3) asserted its dominance from the start, jumping out to a 17-6 lead after one.
The Indians kept their foot on the pedal, increasing their advantage on the strength of a 15-8 second quarter to go into the half up 32-14.
Wauseon put the game out of reach in the third, outscoring Pettisville 20-9 to stretch the gap to 52-23.
The Blackbirds outscored Wauseon 11-4 in the fourth for the 56-34 final.
Beck led all scorers with 15 points.
Carter Bzovi led the Indians with 14, while Luke Rychener had 10.
Wauseon won the rebounding battle 22-16, and committed eight turnovers to Pettisville’s 13.
The Birds open Division IV sectional tournament play against Edon, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:15 p.m., at Swanton.
The winner plays second-seeded Fayette for a sectional title, Friday, Feb. 26, 6:15 pm.
PETTISVILLE (25) – E. King 2,
Beck 9, Rupp 2, Roth 4, D. King 4,
Rychener 4. Totals 9-7-25.
FAYETTE (40) – Bost 9,
Burkholder 2, Colegrove 6, Reinking
2, Smith 8, Seiler 7, Bates 6. Totals
Reserve: Fayette won 49-25.
PETTISVILLE (34) – E. King 2,
Beck 15, Gray 3, Roth 2, D. King 5,
Rychener 4, D. Yoder 3. Totals 12-8-
WAUSEON (56) – Britsch 2,
Creager 8, Rychener 10, Bzovi 14,
Gype 6, Brock 5, Rotroff 8, Dorsey 3.
WHS 17 15 20 4 – 56
Reserve: Wauseon won 43-23.