Chris Pack's Barnesville Shamrocks held their opponents to just seven fourth quarter points to improve its record to 4-3 on the season as it moved past the visiting Bellaire Big Reds by a margin of 55-52.
In a game loaded with runs, the Shamrocks took advantage of a 12-4 run in the last five minutes of regulation capped off by a Dylan McMillan steal in what turned out to the final bucket of the game. McMillan, combined with Brandon Burkhart and Zach Houston, combined as a trio for Shamrocks tallying 13 points a piece on the night.
"We did just enough to win," Pack commented. "We had some shots that didn't fall, we had to refocus and collect ourselves, but we got the job done."
Bellaire did have a chance to tie the game as time expired but a faulty inbounds passed forced Nathan Steele to scramble to recover and failing to get a shot up extending the Big Reds' season woes.
Steele led the Big Reds with 17, knocking down five treys, and providing a solid defensive performance for Bellaire coach J.R. Battista.
"Nathan has been putting in some time, and it's paying off," Battista said of Steele.
Nick Patrone and Kenny Hess also also added 11 and 9, respectively.
"Our goal was trying to prevent penetration, which we could have done a bit better tonight," Battista said of his squad.
"We tried to go big late so we could get an advantage on the boards, but you have to give it to Barnesville tonight," he continued.
To start the evening, both teams began the night evenly ending the first quarter with a 12-11 Barnesville lead. Bellaire outscored the Shamrocks 19-14 in disbursed effort in the second quarter with six players scoring multiple baskets.
Heading into the midway point, Bellaire held a 45-43 advantage. Barnesville would begin the second half with a 15-5 run led by the lanky senior Brandon Burkhart, who scored five of six consecutive buckets in the run. Burkhart finished with 11 boards on the night to complete the double-double. Houston all chipped in nine, falling one short of the same.
"I told them, teams with winning seasons find a way to win. None of our starting five had their best night," Pack said.
Barnesville lead in the turnover column forcing 19 while giving it up just 11 times.
Rebounds were close on the night. Barnesville held a slim, 41-39 edge on the glass..
Bellaire crosses Guernsey Street this afternoon to face off against inter-village opponent St. John's.
Barnesville reserves picked up a win 58-40.
Barnesville (55) -- Mankin 0 0-0 0; Anderson 0 0-2 0; Burkhart 5 3-4 13; MacMillan 6 1-4 13; Clark 2 2-2 6; Stewart 3 0-1 6; McGee 2 0-1 4, Wells 0 0-0 0; Micholson 0 0-0 0; Houston 3 7-10 13; Totals: 19, 13-24 55. Bellaire (52) -- Steele 6, 0-0 17, Ramsay 0 0-0 0;, Kimbro 2 1-1 5, Callarik 2, 0-0 4, Westlake 0 0-0 0; Back 0 0-0 0; Pickens 0 0-0 0; Ky. Hess 0 0-0 0; Patrone 5 0-0 11; Kovalyk 0 0-0 0; Hall 0 0-0 0; Ke. Hess 3 3-4 9; Bentz 0 0-0 0; Ellison 3 0-1 6; Totals: 21, 4-6 52.
Three Point Field Goals- Bellaire 6 (Steele 5, Patrone 1) Barnesville -- None.
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