“I have to hand it to Falls City tonight. They out-played and out-shot us,” said Pettus Eagle head coach Steve Marbach.
“We battled back and played hard, but could never get over the hump in the third quarter.”
The Eagles started slow and trailed 13-6 after the first period. But, a strong second period of shooting put the Eagles right back in the tilt. The home team hit for 20 second quarter points while the Beavers hit for another 13 markers. It was a 26-26 contest at the midway point.
The Beaver defense and some cold-shooting Eagles combined to put the visitors back in control of the game in the third quarter. Falls City recorded 19 third quarter points while the Pettus boys added just five markers to their side of the scoreboard. Heading into the fourth period, the Beavers were out front 45-31.
The two teams battled fairly evenly over the final eight minutes but the Eagles could not close the gap. The final went to the hustling Beavers, 62-44.
Hunter Tomlin finished with 13 points while Ryan Beck added 12 tallies in the loss. Clay Brown contributed eight points while John Constante added five markers. James Constante hit for three points. Eric Montez had two and Tim Gill closed out the scoring with one free throw.
“We’ve got to get back to playing well. It has been a rough couple of games for us over the course of this last week, but now it’s time to refocus,” said Marbach.
“Next week, we can pretty much clinch a playoff spot if we can get wins at Kenedy next Tuesday and at home against Woodsboro next Friday.”