Fayette held Pettisville without a field goal for in essence the whole second half and rolled to a 56-18 Division IV sectional final win at Swanton in boys hoops on Friday.
“We live and die for every possession and our boys have all bought in,” explained victorious Eagle coach Todd Mitchell. “We talked about two letters before the game ‘U’ and ‘us’. It’s all about ‘us’ and our kids always buy in.”
The Blackbirds only field goal in the last 16 minutes came just before the buzzer on Detric Yoder’s rebound hoop. Until that time the Eagles suffocated the Blackbird offense, allowing just three free throws to that point as Pettisville went 0 for 14 from the floor.
Meanwhile, the Fayette offense went inside out as Jerad Seiler and Tristen Bates got easy baskets over the top of the Blackbird defense and Alec Bost rammed home a pair of triples that fueled a 28-3 second half burst.
Bost was the key early on as his two first quarter three-pointers countered one by the Birds’ Justin Rupp and a couple of Caleb Rychener baskets to give Fayette a 13-8 lead after one.
Tharyn Colegrove’s second three-ball of the game along with one from Joel Smith and two hoops from Seiler rang up a 10-0 run to start the second to put Fayette up 23-8.
“We knew they were going to double and triple down on our bigs,” said Mitchell. “It’s great when our guards can knock those down.”
Seiler scored all 16 of his game high points inside, while all 12 of Bost’s came from the three-point line.
The third-ranked Eagles move on to play Edgerton, a 39-38 winner over Toledo Christian, in the first round of the district tournament at Napoleon tonight.
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