PO too strong for Blue Devils


Bellwood-Antis Boys Basketball

Coach Cassidy talks to his players during a timeout in the District 6 3A playoffs against PO.

Owen Shedlock, Sports Editor

The Blue Devil basketball traveled to Philipsburg to take on the Mounties last Thursday in the first round of District 6 3A playoffs. Bellwood kept it tight in the first half, but the Mounties ran away with it at the start of the third quarter. Philipsburg beat the Blue Devils 60-39.

Both teams exchanged buckets early on and PO was only up by one at the end of the first. BA was having a lot of success driving and finishing at the rim, but the offensive production started to die off after the first quarter. Bellwood was held to single digits in both the 2nd and 3rd quarter. The Mounties took a 27-20 lead at the half and continued to add to it.

This game felt closer than the score showed. Philipsburg outrebounded Bellwood 53-17 and that was the gamechanger. Neither team was lighting it up on the scoreboard, but PO was able to create 2nd and 3rd chance opportunities on offense.

Trent Pellegrino was the leading scorer for the Devils with 11 points and Zach Miller followed him up with 7.

This wasn’t the ending the Blue Devils hoped of, but BA will get another chance to play in the ICC Championship tournament. This year the ICC has taken the top 4 teams in the conference to play in a single elimination tournament to crown the ICC Champion.

The Blue Devils are scheduled to play at Southern Huntington tonight.

Good luck to BA!