Bethel boys win third over PCA

Published 6:20 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ASKEWVILLE – Beating an opponent three times is never easy.

Bethel Christian Academy found out the truth of that statement Tuesday night when the Eagles tried to knock off Pungo Christian Academy for the third time this season.

The schools played the first two games of the season with Bethel winning by counts of 66-47 and 77-50. In the more than two months that have passed, the Raiders have improved and it showed, but Bethel was still able to pull away for a 74-60 victory.

Bethel was able to get out to an early lead, thanks to a 17-point first quarter and that was enough to help the Eagles grab a seven-point edge.

In the second period, they added to that advantage as they took a 36-26 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

The third quarter was the dominant one for Bethel, however, as they rolled off 24 points to double up the score of the Raiders as they surged ahead 60-38 heading into the final quarter.

In that final period, PCA outscored the home team 22-14, but the Eagles held on for their third win over Pungo and their 17th victory in 23 starts this season.

Many of the Bethel boys’ team supported their varsity girl’s counterparts with the Pink Zone game for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink wristbands, headbands, socks or shoestrings.

Daniel Feher led the overall effort from Bethel with a double-double. He recorded 12 points and 19 rebounds in the effort. Kyle Freeman added a double-double as well with 16 points and 11 assists during the contest. He added seven rebounds and three steals.

Shane Tripp led all scorers with 19 points while adding four steals, four rebounds and a pair of assists. Also in double figures was Kevin Johnson, who scored 11 points and added two steals during the outing.

Rounding out the offensive output for Bethel were Marky Palmer (4), Zabian Palmer (4), Michael Miller (3), David Simmons (2), Trey Hoggard (2) and Joseph Ginn (1).

The win helped Bethel improve to 17-6 during the season. They will be back in action Tuesday when they take the road to Gramercy Christian School.