“We had a dismal shooting night, but our defense allowed us to hang in the game. If we could have won that game, we would have locked up second place in district, but now we have to just wait and see where the chips fall,” said head coach Steve Marbach.
“At least we know we are in the playoffs already. We just don’t know who we will be matched up with,” said Marbach after Friday’s game.
The slow-paced, defensive battle did not leave too many opportunities for either side to score. The Eagles shot a miserable 20 percent from the floor, and the Beavers took a slight advantage, just enough to grab the win.
The loss ended the Eagles’ regular season, but their 4-4 district mark will ease them into the postseason fun and games with either a second or third place seeding. The Eagles’ overall record on the year with a 22-8 record.
Post Ryan Beck had more than half of the Eagles points with 18 on the night and he grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Eric Montez scored eight points and helped out on the boards with seven rebounds. No one else scored more than three points for the Eagles in the contest. Casey Jones hit for three, as did Dylan Dunn. Matt Gonzales added two.
The Pettus boys basketball team hosted Austwell-Tivoli in a pre-playoff warm-up game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Pettus High gym.
The Eagles will meet Santa Maria next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the bi-district round at Riviera-Kaufer High School. The Eagles will be the visiting team. Tickets at the door will be $5 for adults and $2 for students. District passes and state coaches’ passes will be accepted.