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Bellefonte boys now 0-2 after loss to Tyrone

Bellefonte guard Alex Eberling (12) drives in against Tyrone guard Damon Gripp (3) Thursday night. / TIM WEIGHT

BELLEFONTE – It’s always a telling sign in the game of basketball when a team makes more free throws than the opposing attempts. That was the story Thursday night as Tyrone defeated Bellefonte 69-48.

The Golden Eagles sank 11 free throws compared to Bellefonte’s seven attempts in Tyrone’s double-digit victory.

Tyrone used a monstrous third quarter to pull away from Bellefonte, outscoring the Raiders 28-15.

The Golden Eagles were able to convert at the line, force turnovers and knock down shots throughout the game.

The 13-point difference in the third came after Tyrone took an 11-point lead into the half. Although, it was not all Tyrone in the opening half of play. Bellefonte was within two of the Golden Eagles after the first quarter.

Tyrone coach George Gripp said his team showed dramatic improvement in the second half.

“I was embarrassed from their performance and that was the worst half of basketball we played in five years, easily. We couldn’t dribble, we couldn’t pass, we couldn’t execute on offense,” Gripp said. “The way we started out was unacceptable. I was proud of our second half; we have got to learn to play how we did in the second half for the whole game.”

Bellefonte had troubling advancing the ball down the court Thursday night. The Raiders committed numerous turnovers in which Tyrone was able to convert into points. The Golden Eagles ran a full-court 1-2-2 zone and Bellefonte could not find a way around it.

Tyrone’s trapping defense forced four straight turnovers midway through the second quarter to stretch its lead to 15-8.

Nicholas Way was Bellefonte’s bright spot in the first half. The junior accounted for nine of the Raiders first 11 points.

Way finished with a game-high 19 points.

Tyrone entered halftime with a 29-18 lead over Bellefonte.

The Golden Eagles erupted on a 7-0 run to start the second half. Damon Gripp, who was held to just two points in the first half, tallied 13 of his 17 points in the third quarter.

Outside of Gripp’s ability to score from all over, Jake Taylor was able to expand the Golden Eagles lead as the senior drained two three’s in the third.

In the final moments of the third, Bellefonte managed to get two quick buckets out of Alex Eberling. The sophomore connected on back-to-back threes.

Tyrone had a controlling 57-33 lead heading into the game’s final quarter.

Bellefonte went onto win the fourth quarter, outscoring Tyrone 15-12 in a defensive battle.

The Golden Eagles continued to force turnovers and held on for the Mt. League victory.

Raiders coach Rick Hall thought the speed Tyrone brought was too much for his young team.

With the loss, Bellefonte’s record dropped to 0-2.

“It’s a learning process with these kids right now. Learning to play at that speed is a struggle,” Hall said. “I can go through all this stuff in practice but the intensity of playing Dubois and Tyrone, I can’t replicate that in practice.”

Tyrone 69, Bellefonte 48

Tyrone 9 20 28 12 – 69

Bellefonte 7 11 15 15 – 48

Tyrone (69)

Damon Gripp 7 1-4 18 Jake Taylor 6 0-0 14, Brandon Lucas 3 7-8 13, Cortlynd Rhoades 3 1-2 8, Landen DeHaas 3 2-2 8, Blaine Hoover 2 0-0 4, David Lang 2 0-0 4.

Totals 69 11-16 26.

Bellefonte (48)

Nicholas Way 6 3-4 19, Ty Kroell 4 0-0 10, Alex Eberling 3 0-1 9, Gannon Brungard 2 2-2 6, Davis Corman 1 0-0 2, Blair Eckley-Jones 1 0-0 2.

Totals 48 17 5-7.

Three-pointers (Tyrone 6 ; Gripp 3, Taylor 2, Rhoades 1), (Bellefonte 9 ; Way 4, Eberling 3, Kroell 2.)

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