Thursday, February 24, 2005
It was a two-point game until Jesse Belvin dropped in a rainbow shot from 3-point range with 1:50 remaining in Columbia High's Feb. 15 junior varsity matchup with Stevenson.
Belvin's 3-pointer gave the Junior Bruins a 44-39 lead on their way to a 51-43 victory over the visiting Pups.
The win was the 10th of the season for the Junior Bruins, who closed the Pups out by sinking 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute of play.
Kyle Yeager scored a team-high 16 points for CHS (nine in the third quarter) and Belvin had 15 (10 in the fourth). The two combined for seven 3-point baskets.
Brett Rawding contributed nine rebounds to the winning cause and Kyle Earls was a factor with seven steals.
The Junior Bruins overcame a 12-11 first-quarter deficit to take a 22-21 lead at halftime. Their advantage after three quarters was nine points (35-26).
Stevenson rallied in the final frame, pulling within 41-39 with 2:14 to play and within 46-43 a minute later.
But it was all CHS after that as Belvin (2/2), Thomas Jeter (2/2) and Earls (1/2) each cashed in from the charity stripe.
Stevenson's Anthony Clemens led all scorers with 17 points and combined with Casey West for 14 of the Pups' 17 fourth-quarter points.
More CHS scoring:
Jeter 8, Earls 6, Rawding 2, Travis Hamilton 2, Nicholas Reeves 2. FTs: CHS, 10-20; Stevenson, 9-12. Fouls: CHS, 16; Stevenson, 15.