Sciotoville Ends Belpre’s Season in Final Seconds

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With 5.2 seconds left, Deijon Bedgood is fouled and sent to the charity stripe. He would make only one shot, giving Belpre a one-point lead, 58-57. Sciotoville got the ball, threw a pass down court to Will Shope, who put up the layup to seal the win for the Tartans, 59-58.

Bedgood kept his quick hands moving, picking up six steals and 11 points, which extended the lead with 90 seconds left in the game, 56-53. Blaine Scott, however, wouldn’t let Belpre run away with it, narrowing the gap to just one point with 50 seconds left, 56-55. Bedgood is fouled and sunk only one free throw, but he picks up a foul following the shot. Sciotoville sunk both free throws and tied up the game at 57 with 38.5 seconds left in the game.

The Tartans slowed down at the start of the final quarter. They allowed off-ball movement and ran their offense. Belpre, however, used a fast-paced, half court offense with corner dishes or great post movement to go basket-for-basket with the Tartans. Sciotoville struggled to shut down its speed, allowing Belpre to inch its way and take the lead, 50-49, at the halfway point of the fourth.

Belpre started sluggish but came roaring out of nowhere, going on a 12-4 run in the first quarter. The Golden Eagles found their jump and their 3-point shot, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 35 percent from the arc. Belpre led at the end of the first quarter, 16-12.

The second quarter again proved to be all Belpre. Nathan Mason went down in the second with an injury and wouldn’t return for the rest of the game. Sciotoville however found their stride with smart ball movement and tighter defense on the Eagles. They snagged 35 rebounds on the night, allowing them to gain momentum going into the locker room. The Tartans narrowed the gap to just one point going into halftime, down 27-26.

That last minute momentum by the Tartans carried over into the second half. They were persistent at finding the right shot and giving the ball to the right shooter: Akia Brown. Brown led the Tartans with 22 points, two assists and two steals. He is now the all time single season scoring record holder for Sciotoville. They also didn’t allow second and third shots by the Eagles, racking up 19 rebounds in the second half. Sciotoville led at the end of the third quarter, 42-40.

Belpre finished its season at 12-12. Sciotoville will play Western on March 5th at 2 pm in the Convocation Center.