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Braves’ senior forward Nick Fuelling was a near-perfect 11-for-12 from the field en route to a career high 26 points in the 68-56 win against the Starfires of South Adams at the Teepee last night.
Fellow senior Payton Selking also managed 20 points in the win along with an impressive five assists and five rebounds to boot. The two managed to hound the Stars’ defense the entire night from the inside out as most of Fuelling’s points came in the paint and Selking drained four of Bellmont’s five three-pointers.
With county bragging rights on the line and a need to avenge a Stars win from last season, coach Baker’s Braves came out aggressive and attacked the basket against South Adams winning the free throw battle 15 to seven. Part of the Braves’ plan was to get the ball down low to Fuelling and the other bigs.
“With Nick’s athleticism, there’s not too many post players we are going to face who can keep up with him athletically, and then he goes 11-for-12 from the field!” coach John Baker exclaimed after the contest. “Payton also played well with 20 points and five assists. When you have two seniors put up 20 points you’re going to be successful.”
The Starfires kept pace with Bellmont throughout the first half with the game tied at 9-9 early. The Braves ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run making it 16-11 after one. South Adams started the second quarter on a run of their own with senior scoring leaders Dustin Wanner and Scott Hoeppner at the helm. The Starfires led 17-16 with 4:30 to go in the half but it would prove to be the last time they led the entire game.
The Braves take a win on their shoulders into Saturday's key conference game at Columbia City, while the Starfires try and regroup before a tough conference game of their own at Leo on Saturday as well. Both games will have a JV tip-off of 6 p.m.