The Owls held off the Eagles for a 63-55 victory. The Eagles trailed by as many as 20 points in the early going but fought back and got close in the final period.
“Late in the contest, we got within five or six points, but to the credit of an extremely tough Odem team, they would make a defensive stop or hit a big shot at just the right time,” said Pettus head coach Tony Ferguson.
The Owls blistered the nets for 23 first period points, and the Eagles put 13 on the scoreboard. The Owls were hot in the early going of the second period, but the Eagles kept fighting and both teams scored 15 points. It was a 38-28 contest at the half with the home team having the advantage.
The Owls got a little breathing room by the end of the third period, outscoring the Eagles 15-12 and taking a 53-40 lead into the final stanza.
The Eagles had their best quarter of the night in the fourth, recording 15 points again while holding the Owls to just 10. That first period hole was just too deep to dig completely out of and the Owls escaped.
“I was impressed with Odem’s overall play on both sides of the court. Our young men gave good effort, and I saw some bright spots in the game that we can build on,” said Ferguson.
Kyle McJunkins led the Pettus scoring attack with 16 points, while Eric Montez followed closely with 14. Clay Brown was also in double figures with 10. Matt Gonzales produced nine markers.
The Eagles are hosting their Holiday Tournament this week. Play began on Thursday, and the finals will be on Saturday in Pettus.
Teams scheduled to compete in the tourney include, Runge, George West, Tuloso-Midway JV, Flour Bluff JV, Nordheim, Odem and the Beeville JV in addition to the host Eagles.