The Pilot Grove boys basketball team secured a spot in the championship game in the annual Pilot Grove Tiger Classic Wednesday night after beating the Otterville Eagles 70-63.
The Tigers, improving to 3-2 overall, trailed Otterville 18-8 after one before rallying back with a 17-14 advantage in the second quarter to cut the lead back to seven at 32-25. Meanwhile, in the second half, Pilot Grove outscored Otterville 24-11 to go up 49-43 and then outscored the Eagles 21-20 in the final period.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said the team  survived a tough performance from a young and solid Otterville team.
“We dug ourselves in a hole in the first quarter, but our guys stayed mentally tough and locked in,” Skaggs said. “We came out of half with a solid third quarter performance out scoring them 24-11. We are showing signs of what we are capable of and we still have plenty of room for growth. It has been two years since we have been in the championship game here and we are looking forward to going back for a shot at regaining the title.”
Cole Meisenheimer had a season high 30 points to lead Pilot Grove while Lucas Fahrendorf added 11, Bailey Quint 10, Kealin Vinson eight, Gavin Shepherd six, Ethan Williams three and Dylan Schupp with two.
For Otterville, Isaiah Gilmore had 15 and Connor Bremer 13.