Pettisville took to the court, Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Swanton for the Division IV boys basketball sectional semifinals.
The Birds’ opponent was a familiar foe: Edon.
Pettisville (8-15) defeated the Blue Bombers twice this season, but anything can happen in the tournament.
It was a quick start for Edon, jumping out to a 12- 3 lead midway through the first quarter.
Stuart Yoder, who had been plagued by a high ankle sprain, came off the bench to give PHS a spark, scoring the next eight Pettisville points to cut the gap.
The first quarter ended with a Gabe Beck free throw as Edon led 14-12.
Edon led by five points early in the second before Pettisville scored six straight points on layups by Beck, Caleb Rychener and Dillon King for their first lead, 20- 19.
Three free throws reclaimed the lead for Edon, but Beck knotted the score with another layup, and the half ended with the teams tied at 22.
After Edon hit a free throw, Beck gave PHS the lead back with a layup for a 24-23 advantage.
The Bombers answered with a three-pointer.
Baskets by Rychener and Beck were followed by another Edon trey, but Pettisville scored the next five points for a 33-29 advantage.
Edon scored on a desperation shot at the end of the period to cut the difference to 33-31 going into the final period.
The teams traded baskets to start the fourth.
Pettisville came back with a Beck free throw and two Evan King free throws to take a 38-36 lead.
After an Edon time-out, the Birds put on a full-court press that led to three turnovers and baskets from Justin Rupp, Beck and D. King, giving Pettisville a little breathing room at 44-36.
Edon scored the next four points to cut the difference to 44-40, but a Beck layup and two E. King free throws gave Pettisville an eightpoint cushion.
After an Edon layup, Rupp sealed the game with two free throws and a layup after a steal for the 52-42 semifinal victory.
Beck led all scorers with 15 points. Rupp netted 10, while Rychener had four blocks.
Jim Peckham scored 13 points for Edon (4-19).
Pettisville was out-rebounded
27-25 but had only nine turnovers to Edon’s 14.
PETTISVILLE (52) – E. King 4,
Beck 15, Rupp 10, S. Yoder 8, Roth
1, D. King 8, Rychener 6. Totals 20-
EDON (42) – Landon Bloir 9,
Miller 9, Peckham 13, Logan Bloir 3,
Klinger 8. Totals 15-6-42.
PHS 12 10 11 19 – 52