The teams were evenly matched, and the game was a back-and-forth affair from the opening tip. Kenedy gained a slight lead, 12-9, after the first eight minutes. Both teams got their offenses in gear in the second period. The Lions added 16 points while the Eagles added 17 to pull within two, 28-26, at halftime.
The Lions got the one point back by outscoring the Eagles 12-11 in the third period to take a 40-37 margin into the final quarter.
The Eagles fought back and tied the contest at 59-59 just seconds remaining. The Lions buried the final shot just before the buzzer to edge the Eagles by two, 61-59.
“Our young men gave outstanding effort and fought until the final buzzer. I am extremely proud of these young men and the progress they continue to make,” said Pettus head coach Tony Ferguson.
Eric Montez led the Eagle scoring with 21 points. Kyle McJunkins hit for 19. Clay Brown added six points while C.J. Cruz finished with five. John Grayson and Matt Gonzales both contributed four markers. Brown, Montez and Cruz all hit one long-range jumper for treys.
In the varsity girls match-up, the lady Eagles had too much fire-power for the Leopards. The Pettus girls rolled to a 52-26 victory. The Lady Eagle offense was a well balanced attack on Friday night. Three Lady Eagles hit for 10 points as Madi Garza, Randi Arrisola and Ryan Grayson were all in double figures for head coach Sunny DeCamp. Tristian Moore followed closely with nine markers. Garza and Moore also worked wonders on the boards, each coming up with seven rebounds in the game and each dished out three assists to teammates along the way. Garza was a thorn in the Leopards’ paws with seven big steals on the night. Moore added two steals to help the Lady Eagle defense.
The Eagles and the Lady Eagles played host to Runge on Tuesday night. The teams will travel to Yorktown on Friday night.