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Penns Valley holds off BEA late with final second victory

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – In a battle of Mountain League foes, the Penns Valley and Bald Eagles boys basketball team gave their fans some much enjoyed excitement as the two went into the final seconds before their would be a winner.

With the game head into the last 48 seconds, Bald Eagle sharpshooter Alex Gavlock hit from beyond the 3-point line, cutting the Rams lead to just 40-38.

However, Penns Valley’s Logan Snyder would pull down some clutch rebounds and hitting 2-of-3 from the charity stripe to end the contest as the 42-38 victory.

Snyder led the offensive charge through most of the contest, finishing with 18 points.

Center Nick Maynard was tough on the boards finishing with a double-double, posting a 16-rebound/ 17-point scoring night.

Penns Valley went into the final stanza holding onto a very slim 34-30 advantage.

But it would be Bald Eagle that would score first, tying the game with a bucket by Luke Wilson bucket and a Maynard both in underneath buckets, making it a 34-34 tie.

But the game was one of momentum shifts as the Rams rallied and went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 40-34 with 2:50 left.

After some strong back-and-forth defensive plays by both teams, the Rams continued to see the chance of a win get stronger.

However with just 48.4 ticks left, Gavlock hit nothing but net as he centered his body and launched one from beyond the arc, swishing it and cutting the lead to just two points.

Bald Eagles’ defense picked up a crucial steal seconds later and after an Eagle time out, the offense got the ball down underneath with a chance to tie things but after three unsuccessful tries, Snyder pulled down the biggest rebound of the night. He was fouled in the process and made 2-of-2, extending out the lead to 42-38.

From there the Rams defense were able to keep the Eagles from getting any uncontested buckets en route to the win.

The game was close throughout, going into the third, the Rams held. a 27-23 advantage.

But the first couple of minutes of the third quarter belonged to the Eagles, tying the game on two inside buckets by Maynard, making it a 27-all tie.

Snyder need the 4-0 run with a bucket off an inbounds pass.

Floor leader Jayden Jones put the Eagles ahead with a triple of his own, making it a 30-29 contest with 2:10 left in the period.

But much like most of the game, Logan would dash the Eagles hopes as he put his team back up by one.

Penns Valley got a triple to end the scoring, setting up the fourth quarter drama.

Early on Penns Valley came out with the hot hands posting a 16-11 first quarter.

In the JV contest, Penns Valley escaped with the win after a late Bald Eagle comeback in the fourth, 38-32.

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