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Bellefonte and PO battle to the bitter end; Red Raiders hold onto to 66-60 win

Bellefonte 66, PO 60

PO  10 18 13 19 – 60

BE  16  14 17 19 – 66

Scoring: PO – Tyler Doyle 3 8-11 14, Kaleb Richardson 3 0-0 6, Ryan Whitehead 6 3-7 17, Jacob Desimone 2 8-9 14, Jeremy Whitehead 2 2-2 7, Parker Matson 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 21-29 60. Bellefonte – Nicholas Way 0 2-2 2, Mason Grey 2 0-0 5, Trae Bauman 3 0-2 7, Isaiah Nadolsky  5 0-0 10, Ben McCartney 8 6-6 26, Logan Bernier 4 2-4 10, Blair Eckley-Jones 1 3-4 10. Totals 23 13-18 66.

Played but didn’t score – Aaron Depto 0 0-0 0. Bellefonte – Shaun Carey 0 0-0 0.

3-point shots: PO – Ryan Whitehead, Jeremy Whitehead. Bellefonte – Grey, McCartney 4, Eckley-Jones, Bauman.

JV score – Bellefonte 50-35.

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – Bellefonte had to face adversity right in the eyes Tuesday late in the final minutes of its game against a scrappy Philipsburg-Osceola team that was looking to reach the .500 mark on the season.

But the Red Raiders were able to clamp down and hold off the Mounties in a 66-60 donnybrook.

“Ultimately I’d like to see us finish with more discipline. I’m proud of some young guys that came off the bench  for the last three minutes to help us finish this one out,” Bellefonte coach Kris Glunt said. “I thought Ben (McCartney) played really well offensively. I thought our bigs were very effective and we got some strong floor play from our younger kids. I’m happy to close that out. I’m Proud of how our kids played tonight.”

McCartney was the driving force for the Red Raiders tonight, not only hitting clutch shots but making his presence known on defense as well. He finished with a game-High 26-points and five rebounds.

Isaiah Nadolsky finished with a double-double, posting 10 points and 10 boards. Teammate Logan Bernier finished with a 10-point, 5-rebound effort before fouling out late in the contest.

Philipsburg-Osceola got a 17-point and 11-rebound effort from Ryan Whitehead to spark his team. He was a dominating presence underneath the boards to lead his team.

Jacob Desimone was a forced to be reckoned with in the final stanza, posting seven points in clutch situations, five of the seven points came from the charity stripe. He finished with 14.

Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Tyler Doyle who also had 14.

Going into the fourth, the Red Raiders had a 47-41 advantage.

But Whitehead made it a 4-point contest as he got open underneath and took it to the hole.

Like he did for much of the game, McCartney had an answer as he drove the lane to go back up by six.

PO worked the ball down inside on its next possession and got it to Doyle for the jumper in the lane.

Back came the Bellefonte charge led by McCartney once again, taking the little scoring cushion back up to six.

The two teams battled back and forth keeping the score within the four-point to six-point range in favor of the Red Raiders.

At 4:39, Bellefonte started to make a mini run as Bernier and McCartney hit on consecutive possessions, making it a 57-48 lead with 4:02 still remaining.

But the Mounties were relentless trying to push their tempo at the Ted Raiders.

Philipsburg-Osceola reacted by cutting the contest to 57-52 thanks to four consecutive points by Desimone.

Just when it looked like the tide was changing, McCartney answered the call and hit two clutch free throws to give his team a little breathing room with 3:11 left.

But four consecutive points by Doyle closed the gap once again, this time the Mounties trailed 59-54 dropping into the 2-minute mark of the game.

In the process, Bellefonte lost Bernier as he fouled out.

Things were starting to turn the Mounties way as they were able to pull within three when Whitehead hit one-of-two from the line, making it 59-56.

Once again, McCartney was cool under pressure and put his team back into a comfortable spot, dropping a clutch three.

With 1:35 left in the contest, it looked like the tide was turning the Mounties way as Jacob Desimore was fouled by Mason Grey. Grey would foul out on the play and then a technical foul was called on Bellefonte, allowing the Mounties as chance for four free throws and the possession of the ball afterward.

Desimore was automatic, cutting the game to just a 62-60 lead.

On the following possession, Trae Bauman chased down what looked to be an easy bucket by Ryan Whitehead, hitting the ball back into Whitehead’s arms as it went out of bounds.

Bellefonte’s Nicholas Way was fouled with 45.2 ticks left on the clock and he was cool under the pressure, upping the score to a 64-60 contest.

On the following Mountie Position, Blair-Eckley Jones and Whitehead got tied up in a jump ball that gave the possession back to his team.

They made the most of it as he also got fouled on the offensive end and hit both free throws, almost clinching it for the Red Raiders.

With time running out, Jones swatted a PO pass in the middle out and helped the time tick off for the victory.

Bellefonte upped its record to 5-8, while PO falls to 6-8.

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