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Pettisville Boys Beat Cadets, Tigers; Fall To Indians




Wauseon’s Connar Penrod (22) tries to stop Mitchell Avina, as the Blackbird drives to the basket.– photo by Mario Gomez

Wauseon’s Connar Penrod (22) tries to stop Mitchell Avina, as the Blackbird drives to the basket.– photo by Mario Gomez

“There’s still a lot of basketball to be played and it will go by in the blink of an eye,” said Brian Leppelmeier, PHS head boys basketball coach. “We haven’t played our best basketball.

“You can say that’s a discouraging thing; I look at it as encouraging. I still think we can get better.”

The Birds opened the week on the road and fell to Wauseon 64-56, Monday, Jan. 21, but bounced back to throttle Hilltop 55-14 in the Bird Cage, Friday, Jan. 25, in a Buckeye Border Conference contest.

Pettisville (12-4, 8-1 BBC) took to the road again and rocked Liberty Center 55-29, Saturday, Jan. 26.

Wauseon 64, PHS 56

Wauseon (11-3) jumped out to a quick lead thanks to 14- 2 run in the early part of the first quarter in a game that had been delayed because of weather.

Detric Yoder buried a three-pointer to stop the assault, but Trent Armstrong’s nine points in the period helped Wauseon lead 22-13.

“You’re on the road at Wauseon and you go down 12 at that point, and it’s easy to pack in the tent,” said Leppelmeier.

“Our kids did a great job at fighting their way back.”

After a Noah Tester bucket, the Birds outscored the Indians 13-4 over a five-minute span to trail 28-26.

Mitchell Avina hit nothing but net from behind the arc to give PHS its first lead, at 29-28.

Armstrong hit the final shot of the quarter to send the Indians to the locker room up 30-29.

Canidate Vickery opened the third with a trey to give the lead back to Pettisville, 32-30.

The Indians scored four straight points, but Vickery buried another three for a 35-34 lead.

Pettisville led for the last time, 40-39, after a Graeme Jacoby bucket.

The Indians ended the period with a 12-3 run for a 51- 43 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Yoder and Jacoby scored the final points of the night for the 64-56 final.

“The kids hit some tough shots,” said Leppelmeier. “I don’t think we did a very good job on the glass; too many second-chance shots.

“Hopefully this raises our level of play as we head back into league play.”

PHS had four players in double figures.

Rufenacht had 13; Yoder, 12; Jacoby and Vickery, 11 each.

Armstrong led all scorers with 25.

Levi Seiler added 20 points while Tester scored 11.

PHS 55, Hilltop 14

Pettisville stayed with Stryker atop the BBC standings with a win over the Cadets (1-10, 0-8 BBC).

Pettisville jumped out to a 29-8 first-half lead, paced by 10 points from Sam Rychener.

Hilltop scored just six points in the second half while surrendering 26 for the 55-14 final.

Rychener led all scorers with 14 points. Jacoby added 13.

Easton Heer scored eight to lead the Cadets.

Pettisville out-rebounded Hilltop 34-12 and committed 10 turnovers to 18 for the Cadets.

PHS 55, LC 29

After the first quarter ended in a tie at 12, the Blackbirds took control. Pettisville dominated the second quarter with a 12-4 advantage for a 24-16 lead at the half.

The Birds increased the difference to 15 after three, 39-24.

Rufenacht scored six points on a pair of threes to help Pettisville win the final quarter and secure its 12th win of the season.

Rychener recorded a double double, with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Birds won the rebounding battle, 38-17.

Rufenacht scored 12 points and Vickery added 10.

Curtis Burdue led LC with eight points.

BOX SCORES
PETTISVILLE (56) – Avina 9,
Rufenacht 13, Yoder 12, Vickery 11,
Jacoby 11. Totals 21-3-56.

WAUSEON (64) – Seiler 20,
Armstrong 25, Tester 11, Penrod 2,
Brock 6. Totals 22-18-64.
PHS 13 16 14 13 – 56
WHS 22 8 21 13 – 64
JV: Wauseon won 33-19.

PETTISVILLE (55) – Avina 5,
Rufenacht 7, Yoder 7, Vickery 2,
Reynolds 3, Keim 4, Rychener 14,
Jacoby 13. Totals 22-6-55.
HILLTOP (14) – Funkhouser 2,
Heer 8, Keefer 4. Totals 7-0-14.
PHS 14 15 11 15 – 55
HHS 4442-14
JV: Pettisville won 36-8.

PETTISVILLE (55) – Avina 2,
Rufenacht 12, Yoder 9, Vickery 10, Rychener 14, Jacoby 8. Totals 18-17-55.
LIBERTY CENTER (29)
Sonnenberg 5, Hinton 3, Burdue
8, Krugh 2, Bailey 2, Spradlin 3,
Murdock 5, Gerken 1. Totals 10-8-
29.
PHS 12 12 15 16 – 55
LCHS 12485-29
JV: Pettisville won 28-15.


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