“Our young men played extremely hard but could not stop the 1-2 combination of Runge’s post players. That combined with poor shooting spelled our doom,” said Pettus head coach Tony Ferguson.
Runge jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one quarter and never trailed. The game was 23-16 at halftime but a second half comeback never materialized for the Eagles.
Runge hit for 15 points in the third period, and the Eagles added another 10, but that made it a 38-26 game with the Yellowjackets holding the 12-point advantage.
The Runge and Pettus boys kept the pace up tempo in the final eight minutes. The Eagles scored 15 fourth quarter points, while the Yellowjackets added 13 to make the final a 10-point win for Runge.
“This was our best game as far as limiting turnovers (we only had seven), and we shot 100% from the free throw line. We continue to improve weekly, and I am confident we will acquit ourselves well in district play,” Ferguson said.
Pettus was led by Eric Montez’s 14 points. Clay Brown joined him in double figures with 12. Matt Gonzales added eight tallies, and Stayton Lindeman followed with five. John Grayson recorded two in the loss.
Brown hit four three-pointers, and Lindeman found the mark on one long-range jumper.
The Eagles played host to Yorktown on Tuesday night and will travel to Falls City on Friday to battle the Beavers.