TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — When you’re back’s against the wall how good is your good?
The Belpre boys basketball team showed how good its good was Friday night as it scored 21 points in the fourth period to take the 47-40 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory over Eastern at “The Nest”.
In a slow paced first period the Eagles of Eastern (6-13, 6-8 TVC Hocking) took the 8-to-5 lead over the Orange and Black (10-8, 10-4). EHS expanded its lead to eight early in the second period but Belpre battled back and took its first lead with 31 seconds remaining in the half. The visiting Golden Eagles led 16-15 at the midway point.
After the break the Green and White offense got hot, scoring 16 points in the third period, led by Max Carnahan with 10. Belpre marked just 10 points in the third and trailed 31-26 with one period remaining. BHS began the finale with a 7-0 run to regain the lead with 5:38 left in regulation. The teams battled back and forth but BHS closed the game with a 8-0 run to seal the 47-40 victory.
The Green and White were led by Carnahan with 18 points, followed by Kirk Pullins with 11. Chase Cook marked six points, Brent Welch added three and Troy Gantt rounded out the EHS scoring with two points.
Carnahan pulled down 11 rebounds to close out the double-double. Pullins had five rebounds in the game. Carnahan also led Eastern with five assists, while Zakk Heaton led the way with three steals.
The hosts collectively had 19 rebounds, nine assists, eight steals and 15 turnovers. EHS shot 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the charity stripe and 16-of-33 (48.4 percent) from the field, including 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from three-point range. Carnahan accounted for the lone EHS triple. Eastern committed 16 personal fouls in the game including an intentional by Christian Speelman with eight seconds left in the game. Coach Corey Britton was called for a technical foul with nine seconds remaining in the game.
Belpre was led by the duo of Dakota Hoffman with 24 points and four assists, and Nick Therriault with 19 points and eight rebounds. Brennan Ferrell and Ryan Leasure each had two points, rounding out the BHS scoring.
BHS finished with 17 rebounds, seven assists, eight steals, four blocks and eight turnovers. Belpre shot 18-of-23 (78.3 percent) from the line, including 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) in the fourth period, and 14-of-40 (35 percent) from the field, including 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
Belpre has won back-to-back games for the fourth time this season. The Orange and Black are yet to three consecutive games this season. Eastern’s three game winning streak ended with the loss. BHS also defeated EHS on January 11th in Washington County by a count of 73-43.