(photo by Kyle Carter)
Eric Henry led BCHS with 19 points including two threes and by going 7-9 from the free throw line.
"Our execution isn't where it needs to be," said Bell City head coach David Heeb, "but the kids are really playing hard and we are getting contributions from a lot of different players. "
"We played really hard tonight," said Delta's head coach Robert Stein. "We just didn't play real smart. We haven't found an offensive identity yet, but I think when I get the sophomores more up all the way that will make a big difference."
Joey Keys led all scorers in the game with 20, but could only manage two in the first half. Keys hit five baskets and went 8-13 from the free throw line in the second half.
Kenyon Wright and Ben Duncan both finished with 16 points for Bell City. Duncan hit eight jumpers while Wright drilled four treys, went 2-2 from the line and hit a bucket.
Cub guard Dominitrix Johnson was the other Bell City player in double figures with 15 points including a three.
After Bell City opened up with a 4-0 lead, Delta fought back on a jumper and two stripers from Daniel Cook. Bell City then went on a 13-2 run which included six points from Henry and five from Randy Conn. During the run the Cubs' full court defense was near impossible to break as they only allowed one put back during the drive. Delta never would recover in the first period as BCHS ended with a 23-8 lead.
In the first half Bell City out rebounded Delta 15-3, six of which came from Henry.
Senior Henry really caught fire in quarter number two as he hit two jumpers, a three and went 3-5 from the charity stripe.
Behind Henry's 10, and eight from Ben Duncan, the Cubs held a 55-28 lead.
Matt Kinder came alive for Delta in the second quarter though as he hit a jumper, a trey and went 6-7 from the free throw line.
The Cubs' third quarter was the only quarter of the ball game in which a team did not shoot a free throw, it was also Bell City's most profitable as they dropped in 26 points including two threes from Kenyon Wright and five from Johnson.
Delta's Keys got to know the fifteen feet between the free throw line and the rim well in the fourth quarter as he went 7-8 from the charity stripe and hit two buckets in the paint to give the Bobcats 11 of their 16 in the final frame.
In period four Bell City's Wright continued to hit as he hit a jumper and a three to finish with 16 points.
"I thought Kenyon did a good job of adjusting his shot tonight," said coach Heeb. "I thought he was flat coming out, but he adjusted early and that really helped."
"We really struggled with the Bell City pressure tonight," said coach Stein. "We new that we had to rebound and take care of the ball and we didn't do either one of them tonight. We didn't rebound well at all and I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't have 35 or 40 turnovers."
Delta's junior varsity squad now stands at 5-1 as they defeated BCHS' jay vee 66-55.
Bell City will host the Bernie Mules tonight at 6:00 p.m. while Delta will travel to Oran to take on the Eagles. Oran's tip off will be at 6:30 p.m.