Bellefonte wins battle against rival Jersey Shore Bulldogs, 56-53

Bellefonte’s Nate Tice (3) goes up for a layup as Jersey Shore’s Junior Armstrong (23) tries to block the shot. (The Express/Tim Weight)

Bellefonte’s Nate Tice (3) goes up for a layup as Jersey Shore’s Junior Armstrong (23) tries to block the shot. (The Express/Tim Weight)

BELLEFONTE — The Raiders ended a three-game slide and hopped back into the win column following a 56-53 victory over the Jersey Shore Bulldogs.

It was Bellefonte’s fifth win of the season and could spark them as they enter the final five games on their schedule.

“It was just a great team win,” Bellefonte head coach Kris Glunt said. “The energy was good. And defensively, for the most part, outside of a few lapses, I was pleased with our effort.”

Bellefonte’s unselfish play was vital to its success. The team routinely distributed the ball to open teammates for high percentage shots.

“I though we shared the ball well,and found the open man,” Glunt said.

Eight players recorded figures for Bellefonte, including Nate Tice who recorded a team-high 13. Teammate Caleb Rockey added another 12 points.

SHRINKING LEAD

Bellefonte entered halftime with a 30-24 edge, but that advantage soon began to dwindle.

Jersey Shore cut its deficit after a strong third quarter by Nate Ewing. Ewing ended the night with a game-high 17 points, 13 of them in the third.

After Bellefonte extended its lead 33-25 in the period, Ewing drilled a three to pull the Bulldogs within five. Soon after, Junior Armstrong recorded a rebound, launched the ball down the other end of the court to Ewing for the layup to put JS within three of evening the game.

The Junior Armstrong to Nate Ewing connection continued to the quarter’s final seconds when Armstrong delivered an assist to Ewing for another three just before the buzzer sounded.

Ewing knocked down a trio of three pointers in the third to cut JS’s deficit, 40-38, entering the fourth.

TURNING POINT

Bellefonte held a 48-46 lead before the dramatic shift of momentum.

After Cody Stetts knocked down a pair of free throws to pull JS within two of tying, Joey Maggs was fouled on the in-bounds pass by Darren Stetts. Stetts was then immediately called for a technical foul for what best could be labeled an “unfriendly glance” toward the official, giving Maggs four consecutive free throw attempts and Bellefonte the ball back.

Maggs hit all four to increase Bellefonte’s lead, 52-46.

Bellefonte converted 12-of-15 from the charity stripe in the final period and the consistent free throw shooting boosted them to the 56-53 win.

“We hit some big free throws at the end to seal the deal,” Glunt said. “I’m proud of our guys.”

UP NEXT

Bellefonte: The Raiders look to continue their momentum when they host Philiipsburg-Osceola tonight.

Jersey Shore: The Bulldogs look to regroup at home against Shikellamy on Wednesday.

Team Scoriing

1 2 3 4

JS 10 14 14 15 – 53

BF 12 18 10 16 – 56

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