The BRHS Varsity squads wrapped up their four-night road trip on Saturday with match-ups against the Braves of Mount Edgecumbe.
The boys, led by Coach David Cronk Jr and hot-shooting guard Ito Naneng, took the floor to open the night against the Braves. Within the opening minutes of the game it was easy to tell that the four-night run had taken it’s toll on the legs of the Bethel players, and the Warriors would find themselves down by fourteen points following the buzzer at the end of the half 13 to 27.
It was a great litmus test for the Bethel players in the second-half as they were able to regain steam and close the gap a three-point deficit after the third-quarter buzzer. The Warriors were able to tie the game on a Taylor Hoffman three-pointer with seconds left in regulation, forcing extra time to be played. The overtime period was closely contested; however, Bethel was forced to play without Ito Naneng, who foul-out late in the fourth quarter, and the Naneng-less Warriors would not be able to convert a last-second shot-opportunity and would lose by just two point 59 to 57.
Following the overtime loss by the boys- the Lady Warriors took the floor looking to avenge their loss from Friday night, and also looking to pick up their first win of the road-trip; however the 9-2 Lady Braves of Mt. Edgecumbe would prove to be a tough test. Bethel was down by four points at the end of the opening quarter, but would score 7 points to the Lady Braves’ 13 points in the second quarter to go down by ten- 13 to 23.
The third-quarter showed no friendship to the Lady Warriors as they would score just a single bucket in the third-quarter, and by the final buzzer’s sound the Lady Braves had claimed their victory by a healthy margin 52 to 22.
FRIDAY NIGHT OPENING GAMES AGAINST MT. EDGECUMBE
The Lady Warriors of Bethel Regional High School opened up Friday night’s action against the Lady Braves of Mt. Edgecumbe. The Lady Warriors found themselves down by just two points at the end of the opening quarter, but that was the last time they would see a glimpse of a possible victory. The Lady Braves of Mt. Edgecumbe frustrated Bethel on both side of the ball for the remainder of the game, and the Lady Braves cruised to a 52-30 win over Bethel.
The boys then took the floor looking to avenge the Ladies’ loss, and they did just that, but not without making it interesting for over three quarters. At the end of the first quarter the Warriors held a 14-11 lead over the Braves, but by the end of the first half Bethel would find themselves down by one point. Bethel would convert an early three-pointer in the third-quarter, which was a sign of things to come for the Warriors as they went on to win 53-42.