YORKTOWN — The Pettus Eagle varsity basketball team pushed the district leading Wildcats into overtime before the Yorktown boys escaped with a narrow, one-point win, 54-53.
The Wildcats led by three, 13-10, at the end of the first period, and it was a 22-18 contest at the half. The Eagles’ shooting fell off in the third period, but they still managed to keep the Wildcats in check. The Eagles added just five points to their side of the scoreboard while the Yorktown boys put up 10 points. It was Yorktown’s game for the taking as they entered the final eight minutes holding a 32-23 advantage.
The Eagles refused to fold and fought back in the fourth quarter. The Pettus rally produced 21 points over the final eight minutes while holding the Wildcats to 12 to tie it at 44-44 as the buzzer ended regulation.
The extra period was close and the hometown Wildcats edged the Pettus varsity 10-9 to capture a close 54-53 victory.
“Once again, I am extremely proud of our young men. The whole team exhibited outstanding effort and teamwork,” said head coach Tony Ferguson.
John Grayson led the Eagle scoring attack with 16 points. Kyle McJunkins was also in doubles figures with 14. Clay Brown fired in 12. Eric Montez contributed six points, and C.J. Cruz managed three. Brown and Grayson both hit two long-range jumpers for treys, and Cruz also supplied a long jumper. Matt Gonzales closed out the Eagle scoring with two points.
“Each and every one of our players continues to improve and give great effort every week,” Ferguson said.
The Wildcats continue to lead the district race at 6-1 as of Monday with Runge in second at 5-2. The Fall City Beavers sit in third at 4-3. The Eagles are at 1-6 in district but have battled and came up short in several games by fewer than four points.
The Eagles played host to Falls City on Tuesday night and will be in Three Rivers on Friday night. The Pettus boys wrap up their season on Feb. 8 when the Kenedy Lions visit Pettus.