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WATERLOO— The Braves made the long trip to DeKalb physically on Thursday night but may have left their mental state of mind back at the Teepee.
The Barons systematically outplayed Bellmont from start to finish in an NHC battle eventually pulling away for 49-32 victory.
"Offensively we were just inept tonight," explained Bellmont coach John Baker. "Nobody was able to step up and make shots for us tonight. We tried high-low, dribble drives and other things but we struggled everywhere tonight from the three-point line to the free throws."
The Braves shot well in the opening frame going 5-8 from the field. With long possessions defensively keeping tabs on the Barons who seemed content to wait for their best look, Bellmont's time of possession suffered greatly managing just the eight field goal attempts.
DeKalb scored the game's first four points before Cam Bienz nailed a triple, then Evan Selking had a turnaround hoop in the paint for a brief 5-4 advantage. It was 7-5 before Will Chrisman made the first of two threes in the game and the Braves never smelled the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Two more points by Bienz brought the game within two points at the end of the first quarter with the Barons leading 13-11.
DeKalb scored the first six points of the second advancing the lead and it wasn't until an open lay-up by Zack Macklin underneath with 3:20 to go in the half that the Braves scored. Chrisman answered right back with another three stifling the Braves momentum.
Despite scoring only six points in the quarter, Bellmont trailed by just five with a 22-17 score.
The turning point in the contest occurred at the start of the third when DeKalb began on an 8-0 run to push the lead to double digits. Tanner Moore sparked the run a couple of baskets down low bruising his way to the foul line plus two points.