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Pettisville Wins BBC Outright With 75-54 Win Over Bombers




A trio of Blackbirds surround Wauseon's Kevin Elson as he drives to the basket in Pettisville's non-league contest with the Indians, Saturday, Feb. 9. From left are Josh Bruner, Lucas Nofziger, and Alex Frey. PHS, top-seeded at the Div. IV Bryan sectional, opens tournament action, Friday, Feb. 22, 6:15 p.m. against last night's Hilltop-North Central sectional semifinal winner.- photo by Mary Huber

A trio of Blackbirds surround Wauseon’s Kevin Elson as he drives to the basket in Pettisville’s non-league contest with the Indians, Saturday, Feb. 9. From left are Josh Bruner, Lucas Nofziger, and Alex Frey. PHS, top-seeded at the Div. IV Bryan sectional, opens tournament action, Friday, Feb. 22, 6:15 p.m. against last night’s Hilltop-North Central sectional semifinal winner.- photo by Mary Huber

The Pettisville boys basketball team hit seven treys on its way to a 75-54 victory at Edon, Friday, Feb. 15.

It is the sixth straight Buckeye Border Conference title for the Birds.

Pettisville won the title outright with a 9-1 BBC record. The Birds are 15-5 as they head into the Division IV sectional tournament.

Edon held a 15-14 edge after one period.

Lucas Nofziger made a layup 10 seconds into the second period and stole an inbounds pass, leading to a Josh Bruner tip-in which gave Pettisville an 18-15 lead.

The Birds caught fire in the middle of the second, hitting three straight treys to push the lead to eight. Quinn Nofziger received an outlet pass from Bruner and laid the ball in for a 29-19 lead with 4:45 left in the period.

Edon then went on a 13-8 run to close within five at halftime, 37-32.

Pettisville outscored the Bombers 11-8 in the third for a 48-40 lead. The Birds outscored Edon 27-14 in the final quarter for the 75-54 final.

Logan Frey led the Birds with 20 points. Michael Deffely and Q. Nofziger added 17 and 13, respectively.

Pettisville was 16/21 from the foul line for 76%, while the Bombers were 13/19 for 68%.

Div. IV Sectional

Pettisville, seeded number one, plays in a Division IV sectional final, Friday, Feb. 22 at Bryan.

The Birds play the winner of last night’s Hilltop-North Central game at 6:15 p.m.

The winner plays in a district semifinal against one of Ottawa Glandorf’s sectional champions at Napoleon, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:15 p.m.

In the other sectional at Bryan, second-seeded Stryker plays Edgerton tonight, Wednesday, at 6:15 p.m., while Edon plays Fayette in the nightcap. The winners play each other, Friday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

That sectional champion plays the other OG sectional champion in a district semifi- nal, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m.

The district final is Friday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. at Napoleon.

BOX SCORE (centered)

PETTISVILLE (75) – Deffely 17, Burkholder 3, Q. Nofziger 13, L. Frey 20, A. Frey 5, Haase 6, Klopfenstein 2, Lemley 3, L. Nofziger 2, Bruner 4. Totals 22-16-75.

EDON (54) – Thiel 7, Aschliman 1, Faulhaber 10, Peeples 2, Wakefield 14, Whitney 9, Brown 2, Ankney 9. 18-13-54.

PHS 14 23 11 27 – 75
EHS 15 17 8 14 – 54

Reserve score: Pettisville won 42- 39.

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