MARTINSBURG – In the vast majority of sporting events, getting started quickly is half the battle.
Central used a pressure defense, ball hawking, high percentage offense, a quick break and a strong rebound Thursday night to take a 15-0 lead in a boys’ non-league basketball game against Bellwood- Antis.
The Scarlet Dragons then held the serve for the remainder of the course and claimed a 62-39 victory in front of a large crowd at the Central High School gymnasium.
“We got off to a good start, did a good job with our defense, moved the ball well and made some shots,” said center coach Paul Frederick, whose Dragons improved to 5-1.
The withdrawal of junior forward Seth Bean got the ball rolling for Central, who went on to secure a three-point game from second-year forward Hunter Smith.
Smith scored another paint field goal, and Bean filed a quick break layup on an assist from Smith to give Central a 9-0 advantage.
Two free throws from junior Rylan Daugherty, a junior jumper Eli Lingenfelter and a rebound bucket from Daugherty put Central in cushion 15-0.
Several of Central’s first-half goals followed steals, and the Scarlet Dragons enjoyed a balanced offensive attack, with Bean scoring a high of 13 points, Smith and Tyrell Rolle scoring 11 each and Daugherty adding 10. .
âYou look at the score for the box, with four of our guys in double digits and six guys scoring seven points or more. I love it, âsaid FrÃ©dÃ©ric. “The guys moved the ball and shared the ball well.
The center led, 20-7 at the end of a quarter and 33-17 at halftime. A 19-10 advantage in the third quarter gave Central the advantage, 52-27 after three saves in a game in which both coaches emptied their benches.
âWe just played well as a team,â said Bean. “That’s what we’ve been doing so far this season – playing well as a team and playing basketball selflessly. “
On the other hand, Bellwood (3-2) went out a bit on the funk, according to his trainer, Patrick Cassidy.
Led by senior Kyler Sweigert’s nine points, the Blue Devils failed to put a player in double digits. With Smith grabbing a high of 12 rebounds, Central carved out a 34-21 advantage on the boards.
âI thought they got off to a good start, and we never caught up with them,â Cassidy said. “We seemed very timid from the start.
âWe haven’t trained well lately, and you play like you train,â added Cassidy. “I was looking for some of our guys to answer tonight, but the answer never came. We were exposed by a good central team.
Central converted 25 of 57 ground shots for a 44% clip, while Bellwood made 15 of 38 for 39%.
Both teams return to tournament action next week. Bellwood will take part in the Tyrone Kiwanis-Reliance Bank tournament which starts on Tuesday, while Central will begin playing in the Hollidaysburg RTR Classic on the same day.
âWe need to adjust the reset button,â Cassidy said.
Frederick expects stiff competition in the Hollidaysburg tournament.
âWe will have our hands full,â Frederick said. “But we are eager to take up the challenge.
BELLWOOD-ANTIS (39): Mallon 2 0-0 4, Sweigert 3 1-2 9, Miller 0 0-0 0, Beiswenger 2 2-6 8, Wagner 0 0-0 0, Shanafelt 3 0-1 6, Buss 2 0-0 4, Caracciolo 1 0-0 3, Noel 1 0-0 2, Schreier 0 0-0 0, Cacciotti 1 0-0 3, Bardell 0 0-0 0, Neyman 0 0-0 0. Totalsâ 15 3-9 39.
CENTRAL (62): Lingenfelter 4 0-0 8, Bean 4 5-5 13, Daugherty 4 2-2 10, Rolle 5 1-1 11, Smith 4 3-5 11, Muthler 3 0-0 7, Yingling 0 0 -0 0, Rhule 0 0-0 0, Albright 1 0-0 2, Mottern 0 0-0 0, Dunn 0 0-0 0. Totals â 25 11-13 62.
SCORE PER QUARTER
Bellwood-Antis 7 10 10 12 – 39
Central 20 13 19 10 – 62
3-point goals: Bellwood-Antis 6 (Sweigert 2, Beiswenger 2, Caracciolo, Cacciotti); Central 1 (Muthler).
Records: Central (5-1), Bellwood-Antis (3-2).
JV: Centrale, 44-36. Best Scores – Conner Bardell, BA, 12; Eli Muthler, C, 16.
Officials: Bill Pfeffer, Sean Albright, Brandon Hoover