“Ryan (Beck) was a complete animal. He is a little banged up right now, but you couldn’t tell it,” said head coach Steve Marbach.
Beck had the game of his life with 32 points (16 in the first period) and 21 rebounds.
“He was everywhere; scoring, rebounding and defending. He has really elevated his play since we started district,” Marbach said.
Pettus jumped out to a 20-8 lead after one period and then cruised into halftime with a 40-22 advantage. Woodsboro captured the third period, 16-14, and played pretty evenly with the Pettus boys in the final quarter. Pettus added 18 points to secure a 72-52 victory.
Clay Brown added 12 points of his own for Pettus but saw a couple of personal streaks come to an end. The game Tuesday night was the first time he did not have a three-pointer in 25 straight games dating back to last year. He also missed his first free throw of the year, having been a perfect 24-for-24 coming into Tuesday’s game.
“Clay had a rough shooting night, but that’s basketball. He is the best pure shooter I’ve ever coached, and he’s only a sophomore,” Marbach said.
“I am confident he will start some new streaks the next time we step on the court.”
Hunter Tomlin poured in 11 points and got the fans from both sides electrified with a buzzer-beating halftime shot that traveled 55 feet or more and caught nothing but net.
“Hunter’s bomb at the halftime buzzer was spectacular. The place exploded when it ripped through the net,” Marbach said.
“It gave us some great momentum going into the locker room.”
Tim Gill was also in double figures with 10 on the night. Eric Montez hit for four while Kyle McJunkins added two. James Constante made one free throw to complete the scoring.
Pettus played at home on Friday night against the Port Aransas Marlins. On Tuesday evening, the Falls City Beavers will come to Pettus.