By DYLAN MALONE
AUBURN — In what came down to what Bellmont coach John Baker would call a lack of "fire", the Braves went down in flames on the road at DeKalb last night in a conference match-up with the Barons, 45-33.
"It's the end of the year. These seniors should have a sense of urgency and we just don't have it right now," lamented coach Baker.
DeKalb made the game's first six points behind freshman big man Cole Hartman who stepped out beyond the arc on two consecutive plays hitting back-to-back triples for a 6-0 lead at the six minute mark of the first quarter. Bellmont senior guard Payton Selking would hit a three-pointer on the next possession to retaliate but that would be as close as the Braves would feel the rest of the night.
The Barons finished the quarter on a 7-2 run up 13-5, and Bellmont would be left scratching their heads with one field goal and seven turnovers along with only six shot attempts.
The second quarter was no solace for coach Baker.
The Braves scored six points in the quarter, four from sophomore big man Maverick Birch in the first minute of the quarter, but Bellmont would score only two more points after that as part of a 7-0 run the Barons used to end the half pulling away, 26-11.
The Braves do not have long to sulk as they travel to Huntington North for a Saturday afternoon game. The contest is scheduled to start at 2:30 due to the girls' sectional final at Bellmont that night.
Coach Baker mapped out his plans moving ahead, "Our focus now is Huntington North and we don't have a whole lot of time to figure out these problems, but we'll work on some things and try to prepare before Saturday."
The JV contest was eerily similar to the varsity with Bellmont scoring just three points each in the first three quarters before getting ten in the fourth. The Barons took the game, 34-19 and were led by Tanner Moore who had 14 points.