Bellefonte falls to Dubois in opener

Bellefonte's Cole Crissman (21) in action against Dubois. / TIM WEIGHT

BELLEFONTE – A slow first quarter offensively, one that was filled with turnovers, hurt the Raiders as Bellefonte fell 64-60 to Dubois Friday night.

Junior guard Nick Way led the Raiders in scoring with 14 points on the night while junior Blair Eckley-Jones added 12 of his own for Bellefonte.

Lennon Lindholm dropped a game-high 21 points for Dubois in the victory.

Friday night’s game marked the coaching debut for Rick Hall who was hired by Bellefonte prior to the beginning of the season.

Hall said he was overall pleased with his team’s effort in its season-opener.

Bellefonte's Ty Kroell (3) dribbles past a Dubois defender. / TIM WEIGHT

“I mean it is awesome for the kids. We sat around and had these zoom meetings and tape breakdown. Just for them to get out and play I know they were excited,” Hall said.

Dubois led 11-7 after one quarter of play. The Raiders had a challenging time maneuvering through the Dubois defenders.

Hall said the slow start for the Raiders was not shocking, as it was the first game of the season for Bellefonte.

“With both teams playing man-to-man, when the adrenaline is flowing and both teams are playing aggressive man-to-man it is hard to get into it right away,” Hall said. “I think once they started making shots, they started getting confidence the game slowed down for them.”

The shots began to fall in the second quarter for the Raiders as their offense began to find its rhythm. Bellefonte got solid production from Cole Crissman. The sophomore center found the bottom of the net on a few lay-ins and led the team with eight points at halftime. Crissman left the game before the half due to an injury but would return midway through the third.

Dubois defeated Bellefonte 64-60 Friday night. /TIM WEIGHT

Bellefonte gained some momentum going into the break as Blair Eckley-Jones drained a three prior to the buzzer.

Dubois led Bellefonte 28-20 at the end of the first half.

The Raiders came out hot in the third quarter. Bellefonte rattled off seven points in the first two minutes of in hopes of a comeback.

After forcing a few turnovers and converting them into points, Bellefonte cut the Beavers lead to just five entering the fourth.

The game’s final quarter would be the most competitive. It was back-and-forth scoring between the two teams and Dubois prevailed at the end.

Gannon Brungard, who finished the night with 10 points for Bellefonte, sank two three-pointers in the fourth to keep Bellefonte within reach.

Although, it was Lennon Lindholm’s 13 points in the final quarter that secured Dubois victory. The senior guard posted a game-high 21 points in the victory for the Beavers.

The Raiders are back in action Monday at Philipsburg-Osceola.

Prior to the team’s second game of the season, Hall said his team’s focus is on offensive structure.

DUBOIS 11 17 17 19 – 64

BELLEFONTE 7 13 20 20 – 60


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