The second quarter of Friday’s game with the visiting Stockdale Brahmas proved to be the difference in Pettus’ 68-55 varsity basketball victory that raised the Eagles’ record to 8-6 on the year.
“We played a solid all-around game, with lots of contributing players,” said Pettus head coach Steve Marbach.
The Eagles and Brahmas worked to a 13-13 tie at the end of the first quarter, but the Pettus boys were just warming up. A 20-point second quarter highlighted a well-played game from both teams as the Eagles edged in front by six, 33-27, at the half.
The second half was evenly played and any rally that the Brahmas got started, the Eagles had an answer for. Pettus hit for 16 tallies over the third quarter and the Brahmas recorded 15 to push the Eagle advantage to seven at 49-42.
Pettus continued to get open looks inside and outside in the fourth period and took further advantage of a few Stockdale turnovers to push their lead higher. The Eagles struck for 19 fourth quarter points while holding the visitors to 13 markers to make the final a 68-55 victory over the 2A Brahmas.
Three Eagles made it into double figures for Pettus in the win. Andrew P. led the way with 15 points. Ryan Beck followed with 12 and Reyes Cruces came in with 10 in the win. Alonzo Carreon followed with nine and Joe Jefferson recorded eight. Hunter Tomlin and McKinzie Torres both hit for six tallies. Michael Perkins had two.
Pettus played its alumni game on Monday night. Look for the story on the outcome in the weekend edition of the Bee-Picayune.
The Eagles will host their own New Year’s tournament beginning on Jan. 2 and finishing on Jan. 3. The Eagles have their opening round game on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Shiner. The second contest of the tourney for the Eagles will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Runge Yellowjackets.