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Juniata and Bellefonte battle to OT thriller; Indians survive for win

The Juniata boys basketball team heads into the Ram Winter Jam on a positive note as it defeated a feisty Bellefonte team Monday,  52-49 in overtime.

Juniata’s Emmanuel O’Donnell led the way offensively with a 17-point effort.

Teammates Jacob Condo and Max Lauver finished with nine points.

Ben McCartney led Bellefonte with a 17-point scoring effort while Logan Bernier chipped in with 10 to round out the double-digit scorers.

Bellefonte looked strong early, outscoring Juniata by an 11-6 margin.

However, the tables turned in the second period as the Indians posted an 11-7 period, trailing the Red Raiders by one, 18-17.

Like in the first quarter, Bellefonte was able to muscle out a lead in the third period, outscoring the Indians 11-9.

But the Juniata offense saved the best for last as the Indians outscored the Red Raiders by a 17-14 margin, sending it to overtime.

The overtime remained a close one as Juniata scored nine while Bellefonte had six, giving the Indians the hard fought victory.

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