Bellefonte Red Raiders beats Bald Eagle Area on Senior Night, 45-35

It was senior night at Bellefonte High School as they took on Bald Eagle Area. The Red Raiders won 45-35 to celebrate their seniors. (For The Express/Phil Mapstone)

When we think of senior night, we usually think the season is over. However, that’s not the case for the Bellefonte boy’s basketball team (11-11) as they beaten the visiting Bald Eagles of Bald Eagle High School (2-20) with a final score of 45-35.

The Red Raiders honored its three seniors before the game, which included Tyler Kreger, Tanner Helms and Logan Mathieu.

The Red Raiders and Bald Eagles were having some offensive troubles in the first quarter; but it was Bellefonte that had the 13-8 lead after the first eight minutes.

Bald Eagle had a second quarter performance that matched Bellefonte’s first quarter score as both teams were 21-21 heading back to the locker rooms.

With the scored all tied up, both coaches knew that their teams had to step it up and force turnovers to win the game.

The packed gymnasium at Bellefonte High School made it tough for the Bald Eagles to wins their third game of the season.

The Red Raiders exploded in the third quarter with the help of a very loud student section, which gave Bellefonte a 34-27 lead with one quarter left.

Bald Eagle didn’t make it easy for the Red Raiders to get their eleventh win of the season in the fourth quarter.

The Bald Eagles eventually made it a six-point game with only two minutes to go.

However, the good defense from Bald Eagle wasn’t enough as the playoff-bound Red Raiders earned the senior night victory to send the home fans happy.

With the win, the Bellefonte Red Raider squad finishes the regular season with an even record. This is the first non-losing season for Bellefonte boy’s basketball since 2009.

Bellefonte head coach Kris Glunt was very pleased with the way his team performed in perhaps the biggest night of the year.

“The senior night moment got to us a little bit,” said Glunt. “But our motto since day one was to raise the standards.”

“We’re really happy with the .500 season that we had,” added Glunt. “I’m just so proud of the guys. This is the first step towards the direction that we want to be in.”

The Bellefonte boy’s basketball squad will now look forward to the PIAA District six playoffs. An opponent is yet to be determined, but the Red Raiders will most-likely hit the road for the first round.

BEA  8  13  6  8-  35

BEL  13  8 13  11-  45

Players Scored

Bald Eagle- Parker Hilderbrand- 8 points

Jordan Jones- 12 points

Mark Eminhizer- 2 points

Andrew Dubbs- 2 points

Jaden Jones- 8 points

Blake Roberts- 2 points

Drew Bucha- 1 point

Bellefonte- Tyler Kreger- 10 points

Nate Tice- 14 points

Cade Fortney- 4 points

Ben McCartney- 2 points

Caleb Rockey- 12 points

Logan Mathieu- 3 points