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A game of scoring runs fell into the hands of eighth-ranked Concordia Wednesday night at the Teepee as the Cadets topped the Bellmont Braves 56-45 despite scoring just two points in the final five minutes of the game.
As has been the unfortunate mantra for the Braves in the past month or so, the visitors quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Bellmonters shocked the Cadets with a sudden 12-0 blitz that included three-pointers from Forrest Fullenkamp and Payton Selking.
The Braves led for the rest of the period holding onto a 16-13 edge going into the second period.
Neither team could score for the first three minutes of the next quarter but Marq Rogers nailed a trey and Ryan Gross scored off a Bellmont turnover for a Cadet lead. A Fullenkamp trey gave the Braves their last advantage of the contest at 19-18 before the spurt that delivered a near lethal injection to the Braves occurred with Concordia polishing off the final 3:50 of round two with a 15-0 effort and a 33-19 halftime margin.
The Cadets won the second period battle overall by a 20-3 tally.
"Concordia just turned the heat up on us in the last part of the second period and we made some bad decisions as a result of it," Bellmont coach Larry Patterson said after the game. "We took some poor shots and their players executed very well during that span," he added.
Cadet coach Josh Eggold agreed with the thought the game came down to the fact that it was the athleticism and quickness of the Cadets that surpassed the playing ability of the Braves.
"Bellmont came out and played hard in the first period. They were focused and I thought that was a credit to Coach Patterson. I've seen a couple of other teams with just three or four wins (Bellmont is now 3-15 and is suffering from a 13-game losing streak) but Bellmont played anything but like such a team.
"We didn't shoot particularly well in the first period and Bellmont did a nice job limiting our second and third shots at the basket. Our pressure in the second period caused some of the Bellmont turnovers and we turned in what I call effort plays that resulted in scores off those turnovers," Eggold said.
Eggold was especially happy with the balanced scoring shown by the Cadets who had four players in double figures, all within two points of each other. Michael Starks and Kasey Oetting both finished with 12 while Zach Chrzan and Thomas Starks added 11 and 10 respectively.
"That's why we've been successful this year because the kids on this team are very unselfish," he said looking at the stat sheet.
Concordia continued to pour gas on the fire in the third stanza forcing four Bellmont turnovers in the first minute and a half while holding the Braves to zero shots in that time frame and scored eight straight points of their own for a 41-19 edge. That made the streak 23 straight points for the Cadets given the run from the end of the first half.
Concordia went up 44-21 moments later, a lead that tied one in the fourth period at 54-31 for its largest of the game. Bellmont managed to finish the third period on a 5-0 run but still trailed by 17 at the buzzer and Concordia hiked the lead back to 23 in the fourth with an early 8-2 blitz.
The final basket for Concordia came at 5:07 by Chrzan. Bellmont pummeled the Cadet reserves by a 14-2 count over the rest of the game making it an 11-point loss for the Braves.
In the junior varsity contest, Concordia held a 45-24 lead after three periods but Bellmont rallied in the final period to close the gap somewhat before having to foul and committed several turnovers which led to Cadet baskets. Concordia won the tilt by a final 56-40 score.
Concordia placed three players in double figures led by 18 from Brian Gremaux. Bellmont's top offensive player was Josh Hall with eight while both Max Collier and Matt Stidam contributed seven.
The long bright spot of the evening was the freshman game which went to the Braves by a 39-35 count.
Cameron Bienz hit four treys for the Braves and finished with 17 points while Maverick Birch knocked down 11.
Bellmont's final regular season game of the year is slated for Friday night at Jay County, a team that plays primarily all sophomores in its starting line-up. The Braves have at least one more home game this year taking on Maconaquah in the opening game of the class 3A IHSAA sectional next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Concordia 56, Bellmont 45
2PG 3PG FT TP
Conner 0-1 0-0 0-1 0
Miller 1-1 0-0 0-2 2
M.Starks 3-3 2-5 0-0 12
Harris 0-2 0-0 1-2 1
Gross 1-4 0-1 0-0 2
Rogers 1-3 1-1 1-4 6
T.Starks 0-2 2-2 4-4 10
Dixie-Morris 0-0 0-0 0-0 0
Chrzan 5-7 0-0 1-2 11
Spencer 0-3 0-0 0-0 0
Oetting 4-5 0-1 4-4 12
Totals 15-31 5-10 11-19 56
2PG 3PG FT TP
B.Fullenkamp 0-0 0-0 0-0 0
F.Fullenkamp 1-3 3-6 3-4 14
Baker 4-6 0-4 2-3 10
Selking 1-2 1-5 0-0 5
Hall 0-1 0-1 0-0 0
Fuelling 1-2 0-2 0-0 2
Lehrman 2-5 0-0 1-3 5
Smith 0-4 0-0 3-4 3
Macklin 2-4 0-0 0-0 4
Chronister 1-2 0-0 0-0 2
Totals 12-29 4-18 9-14 45
Score by Quarters
Concordia 13 20 13 10 56
Bellmont 16 3 10 16 45
Officials: Nate Perry, Jeff Hughes, Trent Long
Rebounds: CON 18 (Chrzan 6, Rogers 5), BE 29 (Baker 7, Lehrman 5, Smith 4, Chronister 4)
Turnovers: Concordia 15, Bellmont 25
Team Fouls: Concordia 15, Bellmont 16
Steals: CO 11 (Rogers 6, Gross 2), BE 5 (F. Fullenkamp 2, Selking 2)
Assists: CO 10 (Rogers 5, Gross 3), BE 6 (Selking 2, Lehrman 2)
Concordia 56, Bellmont 40 (JV)
CONCORDIA: Brian Gremaux 6-6-18, D. J. McCall 5-2-12, Bryndon Williams 5-1-11, Brandon Webb 3-0-7, Jacob Reinking 2-0-6, Billy Fairfield 1-0-2, Cory Taing, 0-0-0, Jonathan Reinking 0-0-0, Austin Harris 0-0-0, Dan Gunckel 0-0-0, Ryan Elgin 0-0-0. Totals: 22-8-56
BELLMONT: Josh Hall 3-1-8, Max Collier 3-1-7, Matt Stidam 3-0-7, Mason Selking 2-1-6, Jacob Schueler 1-2-5, Lance Vergara 0-3-3, Noah Tinsley 1-0-2, Brian Fullenkamp 0-2-2, Jordan Jauregui 0-0-0, Brett Hormann 0-0-0. Totals: 13-10-40
Bellmont 39, Concordia 35 (Frosh)
CONCORDIA: Andrew Wick 2-2-6, Jake Minick 3-0-6, Marquis Alexander 1-4-6, Tony Perugini 6-3-15, Conner Batchelder 1-0-2. Totals: 13-9-35
BELLMONT:John Sefton 0-0-0, Blake Bulmahn 0-0-0, Seth King 0-0-0, Cameron Bienz 5-3-17, Chase Ellsworth 1-2-4, Garrett Fuelling 0-0-0, Ross Smith 3-1-7, Maverick Birch 5-1-11, Austin Alberson 0-0-0. Totals: 14-7-39