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FT. WAYNE— From the time the Cadets of Concordia got the tip, swung the basketball to the corner for the three-point shot, and Marq Rogers stepped out of bounds negating the tri-fecta, Bellmont knew they had a shot. The omen proved to be just another case of "almost" for the Braves this season as they lost another heart-breaker to a more athletic foe in Condordia 69-60 on Tuesday night.
The Braves stayed close to the Cadets for most of the night like the annoying cousin spending the night until they found themselves down by as many as 16 points (62-46 with 5:40 to play in the fourth). After a John Baker timeout for the Braves, the boys came out with a vigor that has only been seen in glimpses during this season, but as coach Baker pointed out after the game, "There were times we looked like we made strides tonight. We hung with it."
The Braves would go on a 9-0 run in a span of 1:30 to pull within seven at 62-55 led by Payton Selking's leadership as he assisted on three of the four baskets and made a three-pointer himself in the run. Selking ended with a double-double as he had 11 points, a season-high 10 assists, and five rebounds in a game where he saw the bench for only three minutes.
"We got good looks all night and shot 50% from the field," coach Baker pointed out. "Payton and Matt (Stidam) made some great decisions with the ball tonight. As a team we had 18 assists on the night and that's just not something I can ever remember seeing here in a long time and it was selfless team basketball."
In the JV contest, Bellmont lose 30-20 to the home team as they did not find the scoreboard in the fourth quarter heading into the final frame down 24-20. Seth King led the way for Bellmont with nine points and six boards, while Ross Smith had seven points and seven rebounds. Zack Macklin was the only other Brave to score a point in the game with four.
The Braves will host conference foe, East Noble, at the Teepee on Saturday night with the JV tipping off at 6 p.m.