SIKESTON--The Bell City Cubs notched their 21st win of the season Tuesday night defeating the Scott Central Braves 98-74. The Cubs have lost five times on the season.
The Braves' record falls to 10-14. It was the regular season finale for both clubs and now they will compete at Delta in district play. Bell City is the number one seed and Scott Central is seeded third.
Scott Central came out in the first period with determination and a good game plan and took it to Bell City.
Chris Pullen scored 10 of his team-high 25 points in that frame to spark the Braves. His inside play was strong, four teammates contributed and the Braves led after one 24-21.
The two teams continued to battle evenly when the second quarter began. The teams traded buckets for the first four minutes but Bell City's big guns started to take control in the last four minutes of the period.
At the four minute mark the Cubs grabbed the lead for good when they went up 35-33. Kenyon Wright sank two trifectas in the period and Dominitrix Johnson began to take control of the game with his inside shooting. Bell City led at the intermission 51-38.
"I like the way we're playing right now, but I think we're still getting better, so hopefully we can extend our season." said head coach David Heeb.
In the third quarter period, fatigue really took its toll on the Braves. Despite a good effort, they were unable to defend against the speed of the Cubs and trailed by a 70-55 count going into the final stanza.
"I think our boys played hard tonight, they got tired in the second quarter and I think that cost us a lot. I think we are going to have to work hard to get into shape before districts," said interim Braves' coach Semona Penrod.
The final quarter belonged to the Cubs as they put 28 points on the board and held the Braves to 19.
Bell City claimed the jayvee game 69-67.