BELPRE-Future opponents of the Belpre Golden Eagles can expect three things when they face the boys' basketball team-plenty of three point shots, plenty of foul shots and a scrappy defense.
Head coach Jordan Thornhill received all three from his Eagles as they erased a seven-point, 48-41, deficit in the fourth quarter en route to upping their record to 5-4 with a 69-56 victory over the visiting White Falcons from Wahama.
Sophomore Tavian Miller got things rolling for the orange and black with a triple to open the final eight minutes of action. Wahama answered with a layin by Wyatt Zuspan 30 seconds later to still lead by six, 50-44.
A rebound bucket by the Eagles' Nick Therriault sliced the deficit to four with under seven minutes to play, but was answered by the White Falcons' Hunter Bradley, who took a Brent Larck pass for an easy two inside the paint to give the visitors a 52-46 advantage.
Those, however, would be the final points scored by Wahama until a trey by Bradley with 2:13 left in the game while Belpre, which plays at Caldwell tonight, went on a 16-0 run.
A rebound bucket by Brennen Ferrell and a layin by Nathan Mason pulled the hosts to within two, 52-50, with 4:45 left in the game. Then a pair of free throws-the first of 16 by the Eagles in the period-by Mason even the score at 52 less than a minute later.
Belpre took its first lead since the 6:47 mark of the third quarter (30-29) on a Hayden Plummer triple and never looked back. A pair of free throws each by Ferrell and Therriault sandwiched a Ferrell triple to end the run.
Bradley's trey brought the White Falcons back to within seven, 62-55, but Wahama would tally only one more point the remainder of the game while Belpre took advantage of their multiple opportunities at the charity stripe to keep their TVC rivals at bay.
Wahama, which plays host to Eastern on Tuesday, received a game-high 20 points from Hunter Rose while Zuspan chipped in with 19, Benjamin Foreman nine and Bradley seven.
Therriault, who made good on 8-of-10 shots from the free throw line, led the Golden Eagles with 19 points. Ferrell chipped in 17 points while Miller finished with 13. The Eagles finished with 18 field goals-10 coming from behind the arc-and forced the White Falcons into 15 turnovers.