The Marlins, state-ranked for most of the year in 1-A basketball, defeated the Eagles 72-55 on Friday night.
“I was happy with our effort and hustle. We got after it but just came up short in the end,” said Pettus Eagle head coach Steve Marbach.
The Eagles did not shoot well, hitting just 16 of 59 attempts. The Marlin defense certainly had some say in the 27 percent shooting, but the Eagles were just cold and had trouble finding the basket.
The loss drops the Eagles’ varsity record to 20-5 on the season and 2-1 in district play.
The Pettus boys will get a chance to square off against the Marlins a little later in district play and will have the Marlins in Pettus.
“The Marlins have been ranked in the top 20 in class A all season long. They are very good. We are going to have to play our best in order to be able to beat them when they come to Pettus,” Marbach said.
The Eagles got two players in double figures. Clay Brown led the way with 12 points. Dylan Dunn finished with 10 points. Ryan Beck added nine and was one of a trio of Eagles that pulled down seven rebounds in the game. Eric Montez and Casey Jones also worked hard on the glass for coach Marbach.
Hunter Tomlin and Montez each put up eight points. Dylan Lopez hit for five, and Matt Gonzales contributed three.
The Pettus basketball teams traveled to Falls City on Tuesday night to meet the Beavers. The Eagles are open this Friday night and will return to the hardwood on Jan. 31, to host Kenedy.