The Blue Devils will continue on in the District 6 Championship

B-A overcomes shaky start to eliminate Panthers


After the disappointing loss the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils suffered in the ICC championship game Saturday, they came back and made up for it last night by taming the Penn Cambria Panthers at the Altoona Field House.

The Blue Devils started out a little rough, missing several easy shots in the opening period, but regrouped after that.  The Panthers tried to limit Nathan Davis, but the Blue Devils really stepped up, earning a 63-54 victory.

Despite the Panthers efforts on Davis,  he still came out leading the team with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

“We had a lot of jitters coming out in this game,” said Davis. “We got it under control at halftime and came out hot in the 3rd quarter.”

Davis said the loss inthe ICC championship game may have actually helped last night.

“The loss on Saturday was disappointing, so that fueled us in this game.  We are all getting ready for McCort now.”

The Blue Devils will take on Bishop McCort, a 40-34 winner over No. 3-seed Penns Valley, Thursday at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg. No. 1 Tyrone fell to No. 16 Cambria Heights in the nightcap at Altoona. Of the top seeds playing last night, Nos. 1, 3 and 8 were eliminated.

Joey Padula followed close behind scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  Ethan McGee and Jarrett Taneyhill both helped with by scoring 9 points.  Jake Burch added 7 points and Trent Walker nailed a pair of 3-pointers.

“Coach Gerwert set one goal for us- to survive and advance,” said Burch.  “We didn’t play our best game, but we need a few good practices to get ready for McCort.”

The Blue Devils record is now 18-6.