(February 21st, 2015) – WAUSEON: The Blackbirds of Pettisville made the short trip to Wauseon, intent on upsetting the Indians on their home court. Wauseon had other plans, however, and they were well prepared for their guests from the Buckeye Border Conference.
Wauseon was able to best the visiting Blackbirds 55-38.
Wauseon got off to a hot start, claiming a 10 point lead in the first quarter, 15-5. While Pettisville would not allow the Indians to dominate another quarter so completely, falling that far behind early in the contest put them in a deep hole, out from which they were unable to climb.
The second period saw Pettisville do a better job of keeping pace with their North Western Ohio Athletic League hosts. Still, they were outscored 11-8, adding to their deficit as they went into halftime down 26-13. Wauseon didn’t tap the breaks in the third quarter, claiming the period thanks to a 16-11 margin. While the Blackbird boys were able to finally produce more points than the Indians in the fourth quarter, their 14-13 effort wasn’t enough to make up the double digit gap separating the two teams.
Wauseon’s Noah Castle, a senior for the Indians, craftily put up 14 points, making 10 of them from the free throw line. Another Indian senior Jacob Newlove scored 12 points in the victory. Zac Robinson, yet another senior, recorded 8 points on the evening as well.
Pettisville sophomore Gabe Beck led his team with 10 points. Fellow second year player Caleb Rychener had a strong night from inside the paint, earning 8 points the hard way. Teammates Eli King and Stuart Yoder each provided the Blackbirds with 7 points apiece in the loss.