The Eagles started strong and were just down by two, 15-13, at the end of the first period. Pettus was hot over the second eight minutes, pouring in 21 points while holding the Lions in check with 13. That made it a 34-28 Pettus lead at the halftime break.
“We played a good first half, but the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters were not good for us. We did not defend well enough during that stretch,” said Eagle head coach Steve Marbach.
The Lions started to growl in the third period and captured that quarter 16-11 to trail by just one, 45-44.
The Eagle defense broke down in the fourth stanza and the Lions took advantage of it. Kenedy pounced for 30 fourth quarter markers to pull away for the win.
Ryan Beck finished with 32 points in the loss and hauled in 16 rebounds for a double-double for the Eagles. Hunter Tomlin was also in double figures with 10 points. Clay Brawn finished with six tallies while Grayson Huskey followed with three. Dominque Robards, Eric Montez and Taylor Yeoman added two apiece. Tim Gill and James Constante both made one free throw.
The Eagles played at home on Friday night against Woodsboro (weather permitting) and will travel to Port Aransas on Tuesday night before winding up their regular season next Friday evening against Falls City in the Beavers’ den.
“This Friday’s game against Woodsboro is a huge one for us. I hope our guys can get focused and play our best,” Marbach said.
Playoff consideration is at stake for the Eagles. A victory over Woodsboro would earn them a spot in the postseason.