Bethel sweeps

Published 2:20 pm Friday, February 10, 2012

Bethel Christian Academy defeated its three opponents last week to move to 8-0 in the conference.

The Eagles flew past Mount Calvary 68-37, Terra Ceia Christian School 81-36 and Gramercy Christian School 58-45.

Bethel opened a 17-4 lead against the Warriors of Mt. Calvary and never looked back.

At the half, Bethel led 31-14. Bethel outscored Mt. Calvary in the third quarter 22-9 to stretch their lead to 53-23.

Mt. Calvary would be outscored by one in the fourth quarter (15-14) to end the game 68-37.

Three Eagles scored in double figures  – Kyle Freeman (18), Daniel Feher (14) and Shane Tripp (12).

George Alston and Eric Pope paced the Warriors with 11 and 10 points respectively.

In Thursday’s game, Bethel was determined not to allow Kyle Hendrix to have a repeat of his 32-point performance from January 5. Bethel’s defense held him to a total of 11 points in the rematch.

Trailing 7-6 with 3:59 to go in the first quarter, Bethel went on a 13-2 run to close out the period leading by 10 (19-9).

Bethel outscored Terra Ceia in the second quarter 21-12 to lead at the half by 19 at 40-21.

The Eagles were led by Freeman’s seven and Tripp’s six points in the second quarter.

Bethel stretched its lead to 29, outscoring Terra Ceia 19-9 to close the third quarter leading 59-30. Adam Fairless paced Bethel with seven points in the third quarter.

The Eagles would go on a tear and outscore the Knights 22-6 in the final quarter to win 81-36.

Freeman again led the scoring effort with 21 points while Tripp chipped in 15 and Feher had 13.

In the finale last week, Bethel fell behind 9-0 in the first quarter to Gramercy before David Simmons hit a jumper with 3:16 to play in the first quarter. By the time the first quarter horn sounded, Gramercy held a 15-7 lead.

With Freeman’s basket at 5:05 remaining in the second quarter, Bethel pulled to within three points at 17-14.  At halftime, Gramercy led 22-20.

Trey Hoggard’s three-pointer pulled Bethel to within one (24-23) early in the third quarter before Tripp’s basket and free throw lifted Bethel to a one-point lead (28-27) with 5:30 to play in the third period. The Eagles would hold the same one-point lead (37-36) heading into the fourth quarter.

Tripp led Bethel early in the fourth period with eight points to propel the Eagles to a 47-40 lead with 3:20 to play in the game. Over the last 3:20, Bethel outscored Gramercy 11-5 to provide the final score of 58-45.

Tripp led the way for Bethel with 22 points while Freeman chipped in 15.

Braxton Underwood and Josh McLaughlin scored 12 points each to pace Gramercy while Cody O’Neal added 11 points.