Erich Eichhorn (ISN) – The Belmont Bulldogs Senior Boys Basketball team, perhaps leaving their best play for late in the season, defeated the Claremont Spartans 68-49 Tuesday night in the Westshore.
Belmont’s Spencer Bourne kicks the ball out under the Spartans hoop late in fourth as the Bulldogs would take the 68-49 win from Claremont – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
Coming off an away victory last Friday to the Spectrum Thunder, the Bulldogs have made steady progress up the standings ladder by orchestrating back to back wins that have afforded the upstart Belmont team to take firm bite of fourth place with one game remaining in the regular season.
It took the opening quarter of play for either team to find a shooting touch as defensive minds prevailed with Belmont taking the lead 13-5 into the second quarter of play on five point contributions from point guard Nathan Zaragoza and power forward Luke Baloran.
Luke Baloran spins and gets the shot away. Baloran would score 13 points on the night to help lift his team over the Spartans – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca)
Belmont, finding their shooting touch first in the second quarter, jumped out to a huge 33-13 lead before Claremont’s #10 -Zach (full name not on roster) would go to work for his Spartans team, putting up an impressive 16 of his squads 21 points in the 2nd frame to keep his team within arms reach of the hot-handed Bulldogs, closing out the half down by 13 points with a 39-26 Belmont lead.
Belmont’s Lucas Longstaff is denied a free ride to the hoop as a Claremont defender stretches for the ball – Erich Eichhorn image (ww.allsportmedia.ca)
Belmont would step up their defense coming out of the locker room at half time, holding Claremont to three field goals while keeping the offensive pedal down, out-scoring the Spartans by a margin of 20-8, that would include 4 three point bombs, including 2 three pointers from #11 Jack Wenstob to solidify a 59-35 lead.
#11 Jack Wenstob would score 16 points in the game, including 4 three pointers from beyong the arc – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
With Belmont’s starters on the bench in the fourth quarter, Claremont would show sparks of resilience in an attempt to come back, but with the damage already done, Belmont Bulldogs would come away with the 19 point victory, and fourth place in the South Vancouver Island Tier 1 Boy’s League standings.
Game Notes: Belmont would score an impressive 12 three pointers in the game
Claremont High Scorer #10 Zach – 16 pts
Belmont High Scorer #11 Jack Wenstob 16 pts
Belmont’s final regular season game is Thursday night, at home, versus St. Michaels at 7:30 pm