CANTON, MI (February 12, 2021) – A free throw with :04 seconds left gave visiting Petersburg Summerfield a 49-48 win over PCA tonight.
Nathan Etnyre hit a three-pointer with :12 seconds left to tie the game at 48-48 but a late foul put Summerfield at the line with a chance to take a lead. After a make and a miss, PCA had a chance to win but Evan Schalte’s shot at the buzzer missed the mark.
PCA got off to another slow start, falling behind 8-0. But buckets by Schalte and Mario Cassar pumped some life into the Purple and Gold and they fought back to close the gap to 13-9 after the first quarter.
Some solid defense in the second quarter gave the Eagles the lead at halftime, 25-22. Etnyre led the team with 8 points, Cassar had 7 and Chibi Anwunah had 6.
Nathan Sutrick, who was in foul trouble the entire game, hit a big three-pointer to close out the third quarter to give the Eagles a 38-33 lead after three.
PCA clung to that five-point lead, 43-38 with 5:07 left after Sutrick hit another triple.
The Bulldogs kept it close with a four-point run on a free-throw and a three.
PCA clung to a 1-point lead with 2:21 left.
But Summerfield was not done. They scrapped and finally took a lead, 44-42. But Sutrick answered with a three to give the Eagles the lead, 45-44 with 1:18 left.
Chibi had a big block to protect the lead, but Summerfield took a 46-45 lead with :35 seconds left. PCA was forced to foul and sent the Bulldogs to the line with :24 seconds left. Two makes gave Summerfield a 48-45 lead, and PCA called time-out.
The Eagles got the ball to Etnyre who drained the tying three, much to the delight of the masked-up PCA student body.
With the score tied at 48-48, a questionable foul call went in favor of the Bulldogs who knocked one of the shots down to give them the lead that they would hold. It was a disappointing finish for the Eagles who got solid performances from several players.
Nathan Etnyre – 15 points
Chibi Anwunah – 10 points
Evan Schalte – 8 points
Nathan Sutrick – 8 points
Mario Cassar – 7 points