Blue Devils have a big night

B-A takes control of ICC North with win over the Warriors


Ali Wagner

Nathan Davis drives to the basket.

Christina Kowalski, Sports/Social Media Editor

Both Bellwood-Antis and West Branch can fill it up when they have the basketball, so it’s a little surprising that the Blue Devil’s biggest win of the season came in large part because of their defense.

B-A cruised to a 80-54 victory over the Warriors last night on Senior Night.

The Warriors came into the game averaging 76 points per game  but were stymied on offense by B-A, held to single digits in two separate quarters.

The win improved the Blue Devils’ record to 17-2 overall and 11-1 in the ICC North, with their only division loss coming to West Branch, 60-54 earlier this season.

The first tie-breaker in the ICC is head-to-head points so barring any upset losses B-A has wrapped up with division crown.

Their next game will be Thursday, February 4th when they travel to Mt. Union.

B-A got off to a quick start scoring 19 points in the first quarter and continued to put up big points throughout the game.

In the first quarter B-A was solid defensively only giving up 9 points.

“We contained their guys up front and didn’t need to help much. When we did need to help our movement was good,” said senior Noah D’Angelo.

In the second quarter West Branch outscored Bellwood 21-18, but it had little to no effect on the Blue Devils’ momentum. B-A went into the half leading 37-30, which was the closest the game ever got.

When the Blue Devils came out in the second half their defense again showed what they could do holding West Branch to only 8 points while B-A put up 19.

D’Angelo was a key player on defense holding Austin Krise to 12 points.

In the fourth quarter Bellwood put up 23 points as West Branch unsuccessfully tried to battle back, only scoring 16 points.  West Branch would end the night with only 54 points, 26 points below its season average.

Senior Nathan Davis led in scoring with 38 points and was followed by Jarrett Taneyhill and Trent Walker who each had 8. Kody Trude led West Branch with 13 points and was followed by Austin Krise who had 12.