Belpre boys trounce Wahama, 75-51

JOSH HUGHES The Marietta Times Belpre’s Evan Wells (3) ends up with a loose ball surrounded by two Wahama players during the Golden Eagles’ 75-51 win over the White Falcons Friday.

BELPRE –A double-double that included a game-high 24 points from Jeremiah Stitt helped the Belpre Golden Eagles trounce visiting Wahama by a final of 75-51.

Stitt was a big factor early on, but the White Falcons kept pace with Belpre through a quarter, as they were only down by 7. They kept fighting and were only down 3 with about 4 minutes to go in the first half, but that’s when Stitt really took control. The one-man wrecking crew collected Belpre’s last six points of the half, which helped stretch the lead out to nine at the break.

The first half marked a slow start compared to the rest of the contest for the Golden Eagles. Coach Tyler Leasure knew he needed to make adjustments in the locker room.

“I think we did a good job of slowing the ball down (in the second half),” Leasure said. “We did a good job moving the ball and running our offensive sets.”

They did just that in the second half, as they went on an 8-0 game-deciding run, three out of four of those baskets were assisted with help from Connor Baker. Those points came from Stitt, Nick Godfrey and Eric Dotson.

Belpre (6-8) didn’t stop there, as Logan Adams and Collin Alloway contributed points helping the lead balloon to 55-33 by the end of the third quarter.

Wahama (1-10) needed a spark offensively, and while they continued to struggle, they found a spark from Jonathan Frye. Frye scored five of his total eight points in the final frame, and Ryan Beckner also came off the bench to aid the cause. Beckner recorded his four points in the final quarter, and that’s credited to coach Ron Bradley’s willingness to spread the ball around.

“Our kids are very unselfish,” Bradley said. “I think they play together. We don’t rely on one person to do all of our scoring. I think the effort was definitely there tonight, so we just need to execute.”

The final minutes of the game were used as a valuable learning tool for Belpre, as a few jayvee players made appearances in the lopsided contest. When all was said and done, it was a big night in Belpre.

The Golden Eagles welcome Tri-Valley conference foe Trimble next Tuesday.

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