“Like most teams, we are a work in progress. We did some things much better than last Saturday but we’ve got plenty to improve on. The thing that I like most about this team is that they work hard and really try to improve,” said Pettus head coach Steve Marbach.
The Eagles and Runge played just last week in the championship game of the Nordheim tournament with the ‘Jackets winning by 10 that Saturday. On Tuesday, the Eagles hoped to gain some revenge for that loss.
It was all tied at 11-11 after the first quarter, but the home-standing Eagles clamped down on defense in the second quarter and held a 23-18 lead going into halftime.
The Eagles pushed that lead into double figures early in the third period, then a cold front descended on the shooting touch of the Eagles. Nothing was falling for Pettus from the midpoint of the third to deep into the final quarter.
Runge closed to within two, 35-33, going into the final period and took the lead for good early in the fourth quarter.
The ‘Jackets hit for 18 points then, while the Eagles managed just nine.
Hunter Tomlin hit for 26 points to lead the Pettus offensive attack. McKinzie Torres was also in double figures with 11. Ryan Beck contributed five points and corralled 10 rebounds. Eric Montez had two points and helped out on the boards with seven caroms.
The Eagles battled their alumni on Friday night and will host Austwell-Tivoli on Tuesday with a trio of games beginning at noon. On Wednesday afternoon, the Eagles will travel to San Antonio to the AT&T Center to face Runge again.