The Wildcats got out fast, and the Eagles had trouble early — a bad combination for the host team. The Yorktown crew led 8-6 after the first quarter, forcing the Eagles to play catch-up ball the rest of the way.
It was a 28-15 tilt at the half, but the Eagles could not cut into the Wildcats advantage. The Pettus boys rallied to some degree in the third period, outscoring the Wildcats 15-12. That made it a 40-30 game heading into the final period.
The pace was furious in the fourth quarter, strictly up and down basketball. The Eagles hit for 22 points in the final eight minutes, but the Wildcats hung on with 20 markers of their own. The Eagle rally fell short, and the visitors escaped with the 12-point victory.
“Once again, our young men played extremely hard, but we could never quite turn the corner on the very athletic Yorktown team,” said Eagle head coach Tony Ferguson.
Eric Montez led the Eagles in scoring with 16 points. John Grayson followed with 14. Kyle McJunkins was also in double figures with 10. Matt Gonzales made five points and Clay Brown added four markers. Stayton Lindeman closed out the scoring with three.
The Eagles played the Falls City Beavers on Friday and were at Three Rivers on Tuesday night to tangle with the Bulldogs. On Friday night, the Eagles will travel to Kenedy to meet the Lions.