Bellmont coach Larry Patterson decided he'd seen enough after the first half of the Braves game against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb Thursday night at the Teepee.
After all, the Braves started the game with a 9-0 hole and then after battling back somewhat, the Braves were AWOL in the second period going 0-8 from the field, hitting just two free throws while DeKalb tallied 12 points and led 30-15 at half.
Patterson emptied the bench in the second period, with only Joe Baker and Logan Baker seeing much playing time in the second half.
The result found the Braves playing even with the Barons over the final two periods before finally falling 57-43. Both teams tallied 36 points from the field but DeKalb took advantage of Bellmont having to foul late in the game and outscored the Braves 21-7 from the charity stripe for the margin of victory.
"I was happy with the kids in the second half. We had a talk at halftime and those who played did what I asked. I thought both Joe and Logan played a pretty good game for us. Josh Macklin came in the second half and did what he could do. He didn't try to do things he couldn't but his play gave us some better looks at the basket," Patterson said.
Three consecutive baskets forced Patterson to use another timeout but the Barons managed to hold the Braves scoreless the the final five minutes going on a 12-0 run and leading 30-15 at the half.
Daub posted up 15 of his game-high 29 points (more than half of the entire DeKalb team total) in the opening half. He only had three baskets in the second half but was nearly automatic from the foul line hitting 8-9. Ryan Boester also was in double figures for DeKalb with 11 while Baker and Smith led the Bellmont offensive with 17 and 10 points respectively. Smith finished the game with a double-double pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Max Collier scored nine points for the Bellmont jayvees in a 34-32 loss to DeKalb.