BCA finishes fourth
LUMBERTON – Bethel Christian Academy finished fourth in the two-state tournament this weekend.
The Eagles knocked off New Prospect 84-68 in the opening round of the tournament before suffering a pair of setbacks.
In the first round matchup, Bethel put three players in double figures and blew open a slim lead to defeat New Prospect 84-68.
The Eagles held a tentative 56-52 advantage when the third quarter ended, but scored 28 fourth-quarter points to take the victory.
Josh Freeman led the way with 28 points while Larry Caldwell added 27 and Stephen Miller had 20 points.
Jonathan Hoggard (4), Josh Caldwell (2), Josh Askew (2) and Zack Walter (1) rounded out the scoring for Bethel.
Archie Sims led New Prospect with 26 points.
Game two came down to the wire as Bethel led 42-38 heading into the final period before falling to Temple 70-61.
Caldwell led the Eagles’ attack with 19 points while Miller had 18 points and Freeman added 16, including his 1000th career point.
Frank Feher had four for the Eagles while Josh Askew added three and Hoggard had one point.
Brent Kirkley led Temple with 24 points while Alex Bradley had 20.
In the final game of the tournament, Bethel fell to Cornerstone 65-62.
The Eagles trailed by just one point (50-49) after three quarters, but couldn’t make up the difference.
Miller led Bethel with 19 points on the evening while Caldwell chipped in 16 and Freeman added 12.
Josh Caldwell scored eight points with Askew adding five, Feher four and Hoggard having one point.
Nick Boyce led Cornerstone with 38 points.
The tournament ended with Bethel holding a 22-12 record on the season.
They will now travel to the national tournament for Christian schools of their size in 10 days.