Pettisville battled a pair of Buckeye Border Conference teams last week and remained perfect on the season.
The Birds blasted Edon 72- 32 and defeated a pesky Montpelier squad 49-34 to run their record to 4-0, 3-0 BBC.
“I think it’s important to get off to a good start in the league,” said Brian Leppelmeier, PHS head coach.
“Five of our first seven regular season games are conference games, so it’s important to get off to a fast start.”
PHS 72, Edon 32
The Birds traveled to Edon, Thursday, Dec. 7.
Pettisville led 12-6 after one and exploded for 22 points in the second to build a 34-13 halftime lead.
The Birds outscored the Bombers 22-6 in the third and 16-13 in the final period to earn the lopsided 72-32 win.
Five PHS players scored in double figures. Canidate Vickery dropped 20 points to lead all scorers.
Logan Rufenacht chipped in 11, while Sam Rychener, Justin Rupp and Graeme Jacoby each added 10.
Travis Seibenaler and Logan Bloir paced Edon with nine each.
Pettisville shot 51% from the field on 27-53 shooting, including eight three-pointers.
Edon was 13-38 shooting from the field for 34% with three threes.
The Birds won the rebounding battle 25-23. Edon committed 26 turnovers to Pettisville’s 11.
PHS 49 Montpelier 34
The Locomotives traveled to Pettisville, Saturday, Dec. 9.
Rychener scored the first five Pettisville points for an early 5-3 lead.
Jacob Bailey scored backto back buckets for Montpelier for its only lead of the game, at 7-5.
Jacoby, Rufenacht and Landon Roth scored the final eight points of the quarter for a 13-7 PHS lead.
The Locos pulled within two, 14-12 with 6:26 to play in the half, but Jacoby scored a layup and then ended a three-minute scoring drought with another basket for an 18-12 lead.
After Detric Yoder scored on a steal for a 20-12 Pettisville lead, Montpelier got a bucket from Colin Houk for the final points of the half for a 20-14 halftime score.
Kolden Uribes opened the second half with a basket to pull Montpelier within four, but Yoder hit a pair of free throws and then had another steal and layup, giving PHS a 24-16 lead.
The Locos scored their final points of the third on an Evan Friend layup at the 4:45 mark.
Pettisville then went on a 9-0 run, starting with a short jumper from Yoder, followed by a Jacoby layup.
With 3:50 left in the period, Taylor Muehlfeld, Montpelier head coach, was hit with a technical foul, which Rupp turned into two successful free throws.
Yoder and Vickery scored the final three points of the period to give Pettisville a 33-18 lead.
Bailey and Uribes scored the first four points of the fourth, but then Uribes was hit with a technical foul.
Rupp hit both free throws for a 35-22 advantage, and Dillon King scored back-toback baskets for a 17-point lead, 39-22.
The teams traded baskets the remainder of the game.
“Early on in our previous games we’ve started very well from the perimeter,” said Leppelmeier.
“That didn’t happen tonight, and we had to adjust.
“I thought our decisionmaking late in the game was great in getting the looks that we wanted to get.
“We were getting looks inside, but we just weren’t finishing. But that’s gonna come with a little more time in the season.”
Yoder led all scorers with 13 points. Jacoby added 10.
Uribes chipped in 11 points and Bailey 10 for Montpelier.
Pettisville shot 32% from the field, making 18 of 56 shots, while the Locos were 48% on 16-33 shooting.
Pettisville was 13-18 at the foul line, including 6-6 in the fourth. Montpelier was 2-5.
Montpelier out-rebounded Pettisville 29-27, but committed 26 turnovers to Pettisville’s seven.
PETTISVILLE (72) – Rufenacht
11, Yoder 2, Rupp 10, Roth 5, Vickery
20, Grieser 4, Rychener 10, Jacoby
10. Totals 27-10-72.
EDON (32) – Reed 4, Myers 3,
Siebenaler 9, Bloir 9, Kiess 5, Zulch
2. Totals 10-3-32.
PHS 12 22 22 16 – 72
JV: Pettisville won 54-18.
PETTISVILLE (49) – Rufenacht
2, Yoder 13, Rupp 8, Roth 2, Vickery
4, King 5, Rychener 5, Jacoby 10.
MONTPELIER (34) – Bumb 2,
Beck 2, Friend 5, Houk 2, Uribes 11,
Wiyrick 2, Bailey 10. Totals 16-2-34.
PHS 13 7 13 16 – 49
JV: Pettisville won 43-11.
Freshmen: Pettisville won 29-21.
Pettisville leading scorer: Isaac St.