BEA Basketball: Eagles fall at home to Penns Valley, 44-34

By KENNY VARNER

For The Express

WINGATE – For three and a half quarters, the Bald Eagle Area boys basketball team seemed to be holding off a very stubborn Penns Valley team, 32-31.

However, in the final four minutes the Rams’ sharpshooter Logan Snyder posted seven points in the period to lead Penns Valley to a 22-point fourth quarter to take home the 44-34 victory Friday night at the Bald Eagle gym.

Bald Eagle Area got a 12-point effort from Drew Bucha and Luke Wilson.

Penns Valley was led by Snyder’s 19-point effort.Teammates Cam Shaffer and Caleb Narber chipped in with eight points apiece.

“This has been the story of our season. We put ourselves in position to win a game and then we find a way to lose. It’s very frustrating,” said Bald Eagle Area coach Bill Butterworth. “These kids deserve to win a game. They play hard but they have to finish. They play so hard and I know it’s only going to take one win to get them back on track.”

The Eagles led off the first period posting a 11-7 advantage.

Things continued to go well early for the Eagles as they held Penns Valley to six while its offense posted seven.

At the half, BEA held a 18-13 lead.

Both teams posted nine each in the third setting up the drama in the final stanza.

Going into the final stanza, the Eagles led 27-22.

Narber brought the Rams to within three as he opened the period with a jumper.

Bald Eagle pushed things back to five as he hit a tough shot in traffic, upping it to 29-24.

Penns Valley battled back with four consecutive points. On baskets by Shaffer and Narber, the Rams closed the Eagles’ lead to just one point, 29-28 with 6:37 left.

Bucha extended the lead to three as he also hit a bucket underneath.

Tobias squared up and launched a three to put the Rams tied with Bald Eagle at 31 with 5:55 left.

Nick Maynard gave the Eagles back the lead as he hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.

But Penns Valley started to heat up as once again Snyder posted a triple to go up 34-32.

Back came Bald Eagle as they tied it again with two free throws by Bucha.

Unfortunately for Bald Eagle, the Rams ended the game by going on a 10-0 run to end the contest.

Penns Valley 44, Bald Eagle Area 34

PV 7 6 9 22 – 44

BEA 11 7 9 7 – 34

Scoring: Penns Valley – Logan Snyder 6 2-3 19, Aaron Tobias 2 0-1 5, Cole Breon 1 0-0 2, Zach Braucht 0 2-2 2, Caleb Narber 3 1-2 8, Cam Shaffer 3 1-2 8. Totals 15 6-10 44. Bald Eagle Area – Drew Bucha 4 4-4 12, Nathan Hoover 1 0-0 2, Luke Wilson 6 0-0 12, Blake Roberts 1 2-2 4, Nick Maynard 1 2-6 4. Totals 13 10-13 34.

Played but didn’t score: Penns Valley – Aiden Brinker 0 0-0 0, Sam Martin 0 0-0 0. Bald Eagle Area – Jaden Jones 0 0-1 0.

Three-point shots: Penns Valley – Logan Snyder 4, Tobias, Narber, Shaffer. Bald Eagle Area – None.

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