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February 22, 2014

BEA bounces Bishop McCort boys

HOLLIDAYSBURG — It was bittersweet evening for the Bishop McCort boys’ basketball team on Friday night at Hollidaysburg Junior High.

Senior Nemo Trexler passed Paul Deibert on the Crimson Crushers all-time scoring list, but the team fell to Bald Eagle Area 58-54 in the quarterfinal round of the District 6 Class AA playoffs.

“Obviously the scoring record at McCort is a big thing, so much tradition, so much family,” said Trexler who scored 24 points on Friday and finished his career with 1,623 points.

“That record is something I will treasure for the rest of my life and always remember, but this loss hurts.”

It was the Crimson Crushers (16-8) who got off to the strong start taking a lead of 5-0 before a Bryce Greene basket got Bald Eagle on the board.

Trexler scored seven of his points in the frame and topped the record in the first which Bishop McCort took 13-4.

“We started off and we were so nervous and when (Trexler) got his record-setting point, I think our kids acted like we had lost the game,” Eagles’ coach Bill Butterworth said. “We quit playing for about nine minutes there.

Bishop McCort kept up its momentum in the second quarter, building its lead to 15 points, 25-10 with 3:19 on the clock.

But the Eagles began to disrupt the Crushers rhythm and forced 10 Bishop McCort turnovers. Bald Eagle ended the second on a 9-0 run to pull within six at the half, 25-19.

“At halftime, we told them that this wasn’t the way it was going to end,” Butterworth said. “We told them we got it back to six and to go back out and relax and play the way you know how to.”

Bald Eagle opened the third with three straight treys by Brandon Gettig to take its first lead 28-25 at the 7:05 mark.

“We got herky-jerky like they wanted us to be and we threw the ball away a number of times,” Bishop McCort coach Jerry Murphy said.

“The run they had to end the first half and then to open the second, kind of set the tone.”

McCort evened the game at 36 with 1:58 to play in the third and the teams ended the quarter tied at 39.

The teams traded the lead back and forth to open the fourth with the Crimson Crushers taking their last lead, 44-43, on a Trexler basket at 4:51.

Bald Eagle responded with a 3-pointer by Jason Jones to go ahead 46-44 with 4:11 to go and never trailed again, shooting 7 of 12 from the line in the final quarter.

“They were patient on offense and hit some big 3’s at the end,” Murphy said.

Butterworth said defense is what carries his team.

“Our transition, if we don’t get going and score off of transition baskets, it’s hard for us to manufacture points against a big team like McCort,” Butterworth said. “We watched film and knew we could pressure their guards and get steals off of them and we were able to do that.”

Added Trexler: “They kept us off balance after the first quarter when we were scoring the ball real well. After that, we didn’t get in the groove of things.”

Karch Helsel added 13 points for Bishop McCort (16-7) while Nathan Neiderhiser added eight points and Trexler had eight rebounds.

Gettig finished with 17 points while Bryce Greene added 13. Bryan Greene and Jones each supplied 10 points for the Eagles (19-4), who will play the Tyrone/Central winner next week in the semifinals.

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