Spartans withstand Bravesâ€™ run for 57-42 NHC victory
FUELLING ROLLS IN â€” Bellmont forward Nick Fuelling flies in from the baseline for a runner during a recent game. He scored five points Saturday as the Braves lost to NHC foe Homestead. (Deb Shannon Photo)
An unlikely hero stepped forward to hit a critical three-point shot for the Homestead Spartans with 5:12 to play in the fourth period Saturday night at the Teepee and the shot propelled the Spartans to a 57-42 Northeast Hoosier Conference boys basketball win over the Bellmont Braves.
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The Braves had just cut an 11 point Homestead lead down to seven at 39-32 on a pair of foul shots by Kyle Lehrman and a Logan Smith basket. On their next possession down the floor, Homestead got the ball to sophomore guard Trevor Osborn and his 20 foot shot from the left side of the key found nothing but net and put the Spartans back into a double digit lead, one they would not forego for the rest of the game.
The audible hissing sound after Osborn's shot was the oxygen escaping from the Bellmont balloon as the trey destroyed the BHS momentum. For good measure, the Spartans made sure Bellmont would not get back in the game as they outscored the Braves 11-3 over the next three minutes.
"They put in a JV kid and that was a big shot he made. I'd give that kid that shot every time," noted a dejected Bellmont coach Larry Patterson after the game.
To put Patterson's frustration even more into perspective, Osborn played only six minutes in the game and the trey he made was his only attempt on the game. He later hit one of two from the foul line before calling it a night for Coach Chris Johnson's Spartans.
Johnson said he was willing to take any help he could get in the shooting department noting " we struggled with our shooting tonight. Bellmont did a good job keeping us out of the lane and for the first three quarters we struggled. In the fourth period, the bench came in and did the job for us. The last couple of games we've had two or three players in double figures and we want to continue that. We want to share the wealth."
The Braves battled well in the first half and trailed by five, 24-19. The second half was completely different than the first. Homestead only went to the foul line once in the first two periods while Bellmont observed the no vacancy sign at the line and didn't attempt any charity throws. Homestead moved its lead to 29-19 with 5:26 to play in the third but Bellmont aided that by missing four straight free throws.
In fact, the Braves scored only one field goal in the third period and that was with just four seconds left as Forrest Fullenkamp scored off a Homestead turnover. A total of 36 foul shots were taken in the second half with Bellmont a paltry 10-19 and Homestead not much better at 10-17.
Bellmont returns to action next Friday as they travel to NHC foe Carroll.