Raiders’ season ends with 70-41 loss to Bearcats
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
BELLEFONTE- Logan Bernier knocked down a jumper early on to put Bellefonte ahead 2-0 in the first. But the score was Bellefonte’s final lead of the game as Huntingdon responded to rattle off 11-straight unanswered points.
Huntingdon’s scoring rallies created large deficits throughout the night as Bellefonte ended their regular-season with a 70-41 loss to the Bearcats. The Red Raiders finished the year with an 8-14 record.
” I thought it was a tough outing,” Bellefonte coach Kris Glunt said. “I know Huntingdon’s a really good team. I was really optimistic that we could put up a good fight, but I don’t really think we showed up tonight.
“I thought Ben McCartney was active and pretty solid offensively. But we just struggled as a team. We really struggled to put the ball in the basket, but I thought early in the game we got some really good looks but just couldn’t capitalize.”
Ben McCartney was Bellefonte’s most prolific scorer of the evening and ended the night with a game-high 26 points. The senior knocked down six of Bellefonte’s seven three-pointers in the final home game of his career and played with intensity throughout the entire 32 minutes.
“Ben’s been special all year,” Glunt said. “He’s one of the most offensively-gifted (players) that I’ve ever coached. He had a tremendous year and tonight was just an extension of what he’s been able to do for us this season. I’m real proud of the effort he put in this year and I’m hoping big things happen for him in the future.”
McCartney was part of a solid-nucleus of five seniors (Mason Grey, Trae Bauman, Logan Bernier, Shaun Carey and McCartney) for the Bellefonte Red Raider basketball team. The bunch received a standing ovation after exiting the game with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter
“Nobody plays harder than Mason Grey, “ Glunt said. “That’s what I am going to remember about him.”
Trae Bauman finished the night with three points off a perimeter shot in the third. The senior was an effective leader on the floor.
“He’s kind of been our general on the court,” Glunt said of Bauman. “He’s not our point guard per se, but vocally he’s the guy that helps get us aligned and set up.”
Logan Bernier finished the evening with eight points. His rigorous off-season workouts spiked his performance this year.
“He worked very hard in the offseason to get to a place where this season he was a very nice addition to our varsity team,” Glunt said of Bernier.
Shaun Carey finished the evening with two points. Carey was a first-year senior but ignited Bellefonte’s lineup despite his inexperience.
“I’ve never seen a first-year senior be able to make an impact on a varsity team the way he’s had for our team this season,” Glunt said of Carey. “He’s been tremendous, and in the games we’ve been successful he was outstanding. We’re really proud of him.”
Bellefonte trailed 32-17 at halftime and fell behind by as many as 20 in the third. Huntingdon closed the period with an 8-0 run to carry a 53-29 lead into the fourth.
McCartney drilled a three on Bellefonte’s second possession of the fourth, but the Bearcats outscored Bellefonte 17-12 in the period as the Red Raiders’ season ended with a 70-41 loss.
Given the team’s inexperience, and quality of opposition in the Mountain League– Glunt anticipated that a .500 record would be a great season for the team. But injuries piled up and the Raiders dealt with major blows to its lineup all year.
“We lost our starting point guard, and we lost a couple of our post players for a number of days and even a number of weeks,” Glunt said. “But I think we rallied, and I think overall while we’re disappointed with the wins and losses, we can be proud of the fact that we continued to battle and we were a respectable team.”
Bellefonte 41, Huntingdon 70
Huntingdon 15 17 21 17- 70
Bellefonte 8 9 12 12- 41
Bellefonte: Ben McCartney 8 4-4 26, Logan Bernier 4 0-0 8, Trae Bauman 1 0-0 3, Isaiah Nadolsky 1 0-0 2, Shaun Carey 1 0-0 2
Huntingdon: Nick Gearhart 10 2-2 24, Jackson Ritchey 6 5-5 17, Alec Cooper 4 1-4 9, Andrew Miller 4 0-0 9 Rece Ritchey 3 0-0-8, Darin Harman 1 0-0 3