Slow starts plague Blue Devils in 1st round of playoffs


Riley Miller

Central Cambria’s Matt Holsinger was too much for B-A to handle in the first round of the District 6 playoffs.

Jake Miller, Sports Editor

The Bellwood-Antis boys basketball team lost in the first round of the District 6 Playoffs to Central Cambria 77-53 Wednesday night at home.

The game didn’t start well for the Blue Devils as they sputtered out of the gates, and Central Cambria was more than ready. The Red Devils outscored B-A a shocking 19-4 in only the first quarter after hitting consecutive three pointers. However the Blue Devils didn’t give up on the game. In the second quarter they stuck with the high flying Red Devils and scored 24 points, outscoring Central Cambria by two in the process.

This ‘comeback’ of sorts proved the Blue Devils were capable of playing with the Red Devils but the first quarter deficit proved too much for B-A to overcome as they were still down by 13 points going into the halftime break.

But again, the Blue Devils couldn’t hold the momentum they carried into the break and again looked slow coming out of halftime. The Red Devils, just like in the first half, took advantage. Central Cambria outscored Bellwood-Antis by 15 points in the third quarter, a margin, when combined with the 13 points they were already behind, was too much for B-A.

In the fourth quarter, the Blue Devils again worked their way back into the game scoring 16 points to the Red Devils twelve, but this late game rally was too little too late and the buzzer sounded to end the game.

Even in the loss, there were bright spots for the Blue Devils. Senior Trent Walker seemed to be everywhere on the court and put up 31 points throughout the game, including three from behind the three-point line. Senior Tanner Worthing and junior Mason Yingling also had successful nights, each scoring ten points. However, Central Cambria’s Matt Holsinger was arguably the best player on either side last night, as the senior scored 32 points, and had a perfect shooting percentage from the field; an unheard of type of night for any player.

After this loss, the Blue Devils finished their season with a respectable 17-6 record, and placed second in the ICC North Division. The season also was highlighted by Trent Walker reaching 1000 points and three overtime wins, including two in double O.T.

Now the Blue Devils can only look forward to next season, where they will look to replace the six graduating seniors, Tanner Worthing, Clay Engle, Colin McCaulley, Max DeArmitt, Jack Showalter, and the aforementioned Trent Walker.

Central Cambria, on the other hand, will move on to face first seeded Richland in their next game.