Eagles hold off Rams

Published 4:05 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012

AHOSKIE – Bethel Christian Academy made it eight straight here Tuesday.

The Eagles used double-figure scoring from Shane Tripp, Kyle Freeman and Daniel Feher to secure a 69-62 victory over non-league rival Ridgecroft School.

The contest was the second between the two regional foes and the second time the visiting team took home the win. Ridgecroft topped the Eagles 58-56 in December.

Both teams came out hitting on all cylinders with Bethel racing out to a 7-2 lead only to see the Rams roar back to take an 8-7 edge when Michael Byrum scored six unanswered points.

The game was tied moments later when Austin Foster buried 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to make it 9-all.

Feher and Tripp hit consecutive shots for the Eagles, but Foster countered on the other end to make it 13-11 in favor of the visitors.

Freeman then hit from behind the arc before Byrum scored once from the free throw line to make it 18-12. An exchange of hoops occurred before Tripp hit 1-of-2 shots after a Ridgecroft technical foul to give the Eagles a 19-14 lead after one quarter.

Foster started the second period with a hoop that was followed by a free throw and a bucket from Julian Becker as the Rams tied the score at 19-all.

The Eagles countered, however, when Feher and Joseph Ginn scored consecutive buckets to make it 23-19.

The Rams wouldn’t go away and Max Boone hit two shots from the free throw line and Byrum scored again to get the game even at 23-all.

Freeman then took control of the contest when he hit a three-pointer followed by two free throws to give Bethel a five-point edge.

Foster stopped the spurt with a free throw, but the Eagles came back with six unanswered thanks to a pair of hoops by Zack Bazemore and a bucket by Feher to lead 34-24.

Ridgecroft again turned the tables as Byrum ignited a 7-1 spurt to close the second quarter and get the Rams within 35-31 at the intermission.

Boone scored to open the second half and close the gap to a pair, but then the Eagles went on a tear of their own – scoring six straight on buckets by Trey Hoggard, Feher and Freeman – and took a 41-33 lead.

Byrum stopped the spurt with a triple, but Feher scored at the other end before Freeman hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and Tripp scored to make it 48-36.

Things didn’t change much the rest of the quarter as Bethel grabbed a commanding 58-45 lead over the last four minutes of the quarter to head into the final period with a 13-point cushion.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams were able to outscore their visitors by a count of 17-11, but the Eagles held on for their eight consecutive victory.

Tripp had a double-double for the Eagles as he added 24 rebounds to his 22 points. He also had six assists in the contest. Feher also recorded a double-double with 11 boards added to his 15 points.