Bellwood-Antis wins sixth straight despite suffering through off night

For the second game in a row the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils watched the other team jump out to a multiple possession lead. This time it was to a winless Bishop Carroll team that entered the game with a record of no wins and five losses. When the final horn sounded in Bellwood\’s 63 – 55 win it was hard to tell if Bishop Carroll was a really good no wins and now six loss team, or if Bellwood helped them look that much better.
The game started out with Bishop Carroll jumping on B-A with some great moves and quickness to go out to an early 5-0 lead. Then Bellwood-Antis came back as both teams traded buckets and turnovers. The Blue Devils would get their first lead of the night with only :35 seconds left in the first quarter on a three-point shot from Bruno DeGol.
Bishop Carroll stayed in it in the first quarter thanks to shooting 50% from the floor.
The first quarter ended with Bellwood hanging on to a slim one point lead at 18-17.
The second quarter was not much better for either team, as it was playing out just like the first period. During a 2:30 period span of the second quarter neither team was able to find the bottom of the bucket as the score stayed at 28-27 Bellwood. The teams left the floor at the half with Bellwood still on top by three at 30-27.
The third period was really not any better as both teams continued to trade buckets and turnovers with neither offense being able to pull away. The story of the third period was Bellwood\’s shooting up the three pointers and the Huskies driving the lane for what appeared to be many uncontested lay ups during the period. As the horn sounded to end the third period Bellwood-Antis and Carroll had matched each other to the point by each scoring thirteen. The Blue Devils would enter the fourth quarter holding on to the three point lead at 43 – 40.
Bellwood-Antis inbounded the ball to start the final frame and Ben Hatch lofted a perfect alley-oop pass to Allan Wertz who caught it and while still in mid air, banked it in for an easy two points to put B-A up by five.
Bishop Carroll would not go away, and with 5:46 left in the game the Huskies Adam Crookshank put in two foul shots to bring the Bellwood lead down to just two points. When the Huskies came down and drove the lane again for an easy lay up the game was knotted at 46- 6.
Bellwood-Antis showed why it may be one of the teams to watch this year by showing some determination and character the next time down the floor. After missing two consecutive three point shots on their last two possessions, Tyler Elvey launched another three pointer that found nothing but net to put the Blue Devils up by three 49-46.
Carroll came right back down the floor and yet again drove the lane for an easy two pointer that brought them within one point of the lead and also brought Bellwood head coach Tim Keech off the bench letting his team know “we can\’t give that up like that.”
Bellwood-Antis showed the character that has helped them put six games in the win column once again. They came down and worked the ball around the perimeter and Ben Hatch let go a three pointer that put the Blue Devils up by four 52-48 with 3:59 remaining.
Victor Tranquillo then committed his fifth foul for the Huskies and Bellwood would spend the rest of the game shooting one and one foul shots from the line. Bellwood-Antis would end up scoring seventeen points from the foul line while Carroll would score a mere three.
“Defensively we did not play well enough to win this game,” said Coach Keech “I thought that we watched them drive the lane. I was also not happy about the way we boxed out tonight. I think we spent too much time watching and not boxing,” added Keech.
He was absolutely right, as the Blue Devils were outrebounded on this night 27-23. That was the first game all year that B-A had lost the battle of the boards.
“I am proud that we found a way to win the game on a night when we were not at our best. We didn\’t panic and we were able to adjust to what they were doing. To play poorly like that and still come out on top we must be doing something right,” Coach Keech concluded.
Bellwood-Antis will play Central Cambria, who defeated Tyrone 77-57 in the late game, tonight with tip off being at 8:00 p.m. in the Central Cambria gym.
Game Notes: Ben Hatch led Bellwood scoring with 17 points, followed by Tyler Elvey with 15 and Alan Wertz with 11. Alan Wertz grabbed six rebounds for the Blue Devils. Bellwood was 17-23 from the foul line while Carroll made three of their five attempts. Adam Crookshank led the Huskies with 18 points. Brian Springer had a game high nine rebounds for the Huskies.
Bellwood-Antis 65 Bishop Carroll 55
Bellwood-Antis: Christner 1 1-2 3, Winterstein 2 2-4 6, Hatch 4 7-9 17, Wertz 5 1-1 11, Elvey 3 6-7 15, B. DeGol 1 0-0 3, Hughes 1 0-0 2, Jenkins 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 17-23 63
Bishop Carroll: Crookshank 7 2-2 18, Tranquillo 6 0-0 13, Shrift 3 0-1 8, Paranish 5 0-0 11, Panich 2 1-2 5. Totals 23 3-5 55.
Bellwood-Antis 18 12 13 20 – 65
Bishop Carroll 17 10 13 15 – 55
Three point goals: Bellwood-Antis 6 (Hatch 2, Elvey 3, B. DeGol)
Bishop Carroll: 6 (Crookshank 2, Tranquillo, Shrift 2, Paranish)