Pettus Eagles fly high to wrest tourney title
by Bruce Harper
Dec 12, 2012 | 857 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NORDHEIM — The Pettus Eagles soared right to the top of the tourney standings by going undefeated at last week’s Nordheim Pirate Invitational.

In Thursday’s first round, the Eagles proved to be too experienced and talented for the boys from Prairie Lea, capturing a 52-18 victory.

Kyle McJunkins topped all scorers with 20 points. Eric Montez followed with nine markers, as did John Grayson. Clay Brown and Matt Gonzales both contributed six.

In the second round contest later on Thursday night, the Eagles met a tough Runge Yellowjacket club. The Yellowjackets held a slim 33-30 lead heading into the final quarter, but the Eagles rallied and tied the game at 38 with 10 seconds left to play.

Grayson put up the final shot from beyond the arc and found the bottom of the net for the win, 41-38.

“I am very proud of our young men’s defensive effort and mental toughness in this game,” said head coach Tony Ferguson.

Grayson finished with a team-high 11 points. McJunkins added 10; Montez followed with eight, and Gonzales made seven.

That win advanced the Eagles into the championship game on Saturday evening against Hallettsville Sacred Heart.

The Eagles led by a one-point margin at the half, but Hallettsville got hot in the third quarter and led 30-22 midway. The Eagles fought back with a stout defense and took control of the boards. The Pettus boys also took four charges in their comeback, forcing turnovers and leading to Eagle baskets. Stayton Lindeman took three of the charges, and Montez got the other defensive call. The Eagles outscored the Hallettsville squad 20-6 in the fourth quarter for the 52-36 victory.

Montez led the way for the Eagles with 14 points. Gonzales added 12, Brown finished with 11, and Grayson contributed six. McJunkins supplied five points in the win.

Three Eagles were named to the all-tournament team as Clay Brown, John Grayson and Eric Montez earned selection by the coaches.Also, Kyle McJunkins was named the tournament’s MVP.

“I am extremely proud of all of our players. It took an outstanding team effort for us to come out as team champions of the tournament. The three things that made our victory possible was the effort by all players, our team defense and the fact we shot 70 percent from the free throw line for the tournament,” Ferguson said.
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