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Braves win opener at Teepee

November 28, 2011

John Baker, Bellmont High School basketball coach

    Bellmont coach John Baker picked up the first win of his career in front of a home crowd at the Teepee on Saturday night as his Braves handled the Woodlan Warriors, 58-44.
    The Braves jumped out to a 5-0 start at the beginning of the first quarter, but looked a bit shaky the rest of the frame as they came back to the bench down 12-11 after one.
    Coach Baker would have none of it. "This is not Bellmont basketball!" he hollered in the huddle, and his players got the message.
    The closest the Warriors would get after halftime was when the scoreboard read 38-30 with five minutes to go in the third. The Braves led by ten or more the rest of the game playing patient basketball on offense, and hard-nosed pressure defense on the other end.
    Bellmont committed only nine turnovers in the game to the Warriors' 12.
    The Braves fell apart in the second half of the JV contest as they were down only 15-22 at the break but could not break the Warriors' full-court press and lost by a 46-29 score.
    The freshman game stats were not available.
    The Braves look forward to a few weeks break as they will return to play next on Saturday, December 10th hosting the Heritage Patriots at the Teepee.

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