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The Beddingfield High varsity boys basketball team felt it played its best game this month against Smithfield-Selma on Thursday night, but like all of their games this month the Bruins couldn’t pull out the victory as they lost, 67-60.
Beddingfield (1-5) of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference started slow in the first quarter, and Smithfield-Selma of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference was juiced, as senior standout Anthony Council needed just 14 points to notch 1,000 for his career.
Council would get it in the first quarter as he sparked a 20-8 lead. Council finished with 30 points.
“I work my tail off each and every day, so I’m just glad I got it,” Council said.
The Bruins did not lay down and quit as they fought back in the second quarter. The junior marksman, Andrew Gattis, sparked it with 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second period. The boys in blue and vegas gold took a 38-31 lead into halftime.
But the Spartans (4-3) are known for their high pressure defense and held the Bruins to five points and took a two-point lead into the final period. Beddingfield regained the lead, and pushed the lead up to seven points in the fourth quarter.
The turning point in the game came as SSS was trailing 50-45 with less than six minutes to play. Smithfield-Selma head coach Matt Cuddington pulled his second leading scorer, Sha’kerr Howard, to put in sophomore Matthew Tyson.
Tyson proceeded to hit three 3-pointers in two minutes to give the Spartans a lead they would not lose.
“I don’t know where 20 (Tyson) came from, he hit some shots he ain’t hit all year,” Beddingfield head coach Joe Dvozenja said. “They’re (his team) doing. They’re staying positive. We say some times things just don’t go your way. Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windshield. We’ve been the bug the first couple weeks of the season, but we’re working our way to be the windshield.”
Council 30,George 4, Lassiter 7, Howard 7, Tyson 10, Faulk 2, Barnes 2, Sanders 2, Weir 3
Huggins 14, Gattis 15, Brantley 5, M. Best 6, Speight 10, Highsmith 1, J. Best 2
Score by quarters:
Smithfield-Selma 20 11 14 22 — 67
Beddingfield 8 30 5 17 — 60