A minute and 40 seconds. 100 ticks on the clock.
That’s all it took after Edon’s best scoring threat, Jim Peckham, fouled out to turn a one point deficit into an eight point fourth quarter Pettisville lead as the Blackbirds went on to a 52-42 win in the first round of the boys Division IV sectional basketball tournament at Swanton on Tuesday.
“It was one of those hard fought games that all at once developed for us in the span of about a minute and a half,” said victorious coach Greg Nofziger. “Hats off to Edon, they played hard all the way through but for that time we were able to take advantage of them and it certainly hurt them. I was proud of my kids, we just kept battling.”
Battle the Birds did as after Edon ran out to a 12-3 lead, courtesy in part to a Peckham triple and a press-breaking jumper off glass, Stuart Yoder countered with a pair of three-balls and a spin move score to close the gap to 14-12 at the quarter break.
Pettisville finally caught and passed the Bombers when Dillon King pinned his defender and scored inside with 4:50 to go in the half to make it 20-19.
Peckham’s pair of free throws regained an Edon lead with 1:48 left but Gabe Beck’s layup 14 seconds later deadlocked things at the break at 22.
Again it was a Peckham three-pointer that gave Edon a 29-28 lead with 2:44 left in the third and again it was Dillon King that had an answer, this time with an offensive rebound basket to regain a slim Pettisville lead at 30-29.
The Birds extended that advantage to 33-29 with Justin Rupp’s layup off a steal with 22 seconds left in the quarter but Landon Bloir went over Landon Roth to catch an out-of-bounds pass and forced a 17-footer at the horn that found the bottom of the net to slice the Birds lead to 33-31.
A Peckham triple gave Edon a one-point lead opening the fourth and after a Dillon King hoop got the Birds back on top, Bloir blew past the Birds defense on a drive to give Edon a 36-35 lead with 4:55 left.
After Beck tied the score by splitting a pair from the line, the game changed 42 seconds later with the tweet of a whistle.
Peckham was whistled for his fifth foul and after Evan King dropped home both ends of the one-and-one, Pettisville’s pressure turned the Bombers over consecutive times leading to Rupp’s layup and a Beck putback before Dillon King finished the 9-0 run with a power move to make it 44-36 with 2:39 left.
While the Blackbirds were turnig the Bombers over six times in the fourth quarter, Pettisville committed just a single mistake, not only for the quarter but for the entire last 16 minutes as they milked the clock out at the foul line along with Rupp’s steal and score.
“Well that’s one too many (turnovers),” Nofziger joked. “But it’s much better than normal so I was pleased with that. That’s extremely good for us, the kids did a nice job offensively taking care of the ball.”
Beck’s 15 and Rupp’s 10 paced the Blackbird offensive output.
Peckham hit 13 for Edon.
Pettisville now faces second-seeded Fayette in the opening game of a doubleheader Friday night at Swanton for the sectional title.
Joe Blystone can be reached at [email protected]