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Bellefonte boys sizzle in fourth

By Kenny Varner

BELLEFONTE – After battling tough for three quarters against a very. Spunky DuBois boys basketball team, the Bellefonte defense clamped down in the final stanza while its offense exploded for 20 and sealing the victory for the Red Raiders 59-37.
Caleb Rockey, who was the strong force inside finished with a double double, finishing with a game-high 16 points and bringing down over 10 boards in the victory.
Teammates Nate Tice and Ben McCartney both finished with 12 points in the victory.
DuBois was led by strong inside man Nick Jabrasky who finished with 16.
“We’re still going to mature as a team. It’s been a tough process to find the right formula of guys. Are guys have been phenomenal. They are working hard every day,” Bellefonte coach Kris Glunt said. “They stay really patient with me as we try to figure this thing out. But I was real pleased on how hard they played tonight. We made a couple of costly turnovers early in the game that hurt us early in the game. But I think we did a much better job in the second half. I thought our pressure picked up.”
Going into the fourth, it was anyone’s ball game as the Red Raiders held a slim 39-33 advantage.
That quickly changed as Rockey got the quarter started with a shot inside the paint and a triple by teammate Nate Tice, upping the Bellefonte lead to 44-33.
However, Jabrasky muscled his way in the lane to cut the game back to single digits.
Defensively, the Red Raiders were heating up and forcing off balanced passes and shots the rest of the quarter.
Rockey went right at the heart of the Beavers defense and scored seven in the quarter. Tice helped as well as he scored five of his 12 in the fourth period as well.
DuBois would just get one bucket in before the final buzzer and that would come from guard Alex Beers.
When the dust settled, the Red Raiders had opened up the game to a 22-point victory and went home sporting a 20-point fourth.
In the first quarter, the two teams went toe-to-toe with each other and when the first period came to an end, Bellefonte led 14-13.
However, the momentum cHanged in the second quarter and the Beavers allowed Bellefonte just 10 points while its offense picked up another 13, taking a slim 26-24 advantage into the intermission.
But Bellefonte gathered itself and came out in the third and showed that they were. It going down on this night.
In the process, the Red Raiders took back the lead going into the final period.
Bellefonte also took control of the JV contest as well, winning 62-36.

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