Belpre senior reaches milestone in loss to Southern

Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn Belpre’s Deijon Bedgood handles the ball during a high school basketball game against Southern Friday night.

BELPRE — Host Belpre lost another close game Friday night 56-51 to visiting Southern, but there was some joy for the Golden Eagles as 6-2 senior Deijon Bedgood, who led with 27 points, notched his 1,000th career point on a second-period foul shot.

Still, the loss left Belpre with a 2-7 mark going into Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Federal Hocking.

To start Friday night, the Golden Eagles missed their first seven shots from the floor, but Brandon Simoniette canned a trey at the 5:07 mark to make it 4-3. Four straight Bedgood points followed for a 7-4 lead.

Nevertheless, the only other Belpre points in the first quarter were treys by Mythius Houghton for a 10-8 lead at 3:03 and Logan Adams for the final points of the period to gain the hosts a 13-13 tie.

But a seven-point second stanza for Belpre to a 15-point quarter for Southern (5-4) propelled the Tornadoes into a 28-20 halftime advantage.

The beginning to the second half went well for Belpre as Adams quickly made it a 28-24 game in the initial 1:06 with two layups on breaks, and two Bedgood charity tosses closed the gap to 28-26.

Then came Bedgood’s moment at 4:37, sinking a free throw for point 1,000 which halted the game for couple minutes to honor his feat before it was back to basketball.

Belpre went down 32-27 thereafter and didn’t get closer than two until a Bedgood trey at 1:20 for a 38-37 lead. But a Southern three-point play at 1:11 lifted the visitors ahead 40-38 before Adams’ two free throws at 58.8 seconds made it all even at 40 with just a quarter to go.

Ties at 42, 44 and 46 proceeded a 5-0 Southern mini-run for a 51-46 lead with only 2:14 to play. Belpre fell back 53-47, then had to foul down five with 30 seconds left and dropped behind 55-48.

A Bedgood trey from the right wing at 20 seconds cut the deficit to 55-51, but a charging call against Belpre at the 11-second mark made a late Southern foul shot academic.

After Bedgood for Belpre came Adams with 13 points, while the Tornadoes were paced by Crenson Rogers with 22 points, followed by Blake Johnson with nine and Tylar Blevins with eight.

“It was a good moment,” said Bedgood of reaching the 1,000-point honor. “But that’s the last thing on my mind when I’m trying to win. It just happened that I got the 1,000th point tonight. I was still trying to lead my team and get the victory, even though we came up short. It was a good night, but a sad ending. High points don’t mean anything; an ‘L’ is an ‘L.’ “

For Bedgood, a multi-sport athlete at Belpre, he’s “planning on going to college to play football as a wide receiver — that’s my favorite position. I’m more offense than a hit guy (on defense).”

On the rest of the basketball season, “we need to just keep our heads up,” said Bedgood, “work to get better and make a run at the TVC.”