|Bethel coasts past The Railroaders|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00|
No suspense at all Friday at Bethel High School.
In the opening game of the season, the boys breezed past Bradford in a league game by a spread of 42 points.
Leading from start to finish, the Bees featured three players in double digits, pacing the home squad to an 81-39 victory.
Patrick Bain scored 23 second-half points on his to a game-high 31 points. Teammate Christian Pfledderer tallied 24 points and Jason Clendening had 13.
Coach Ed Glover, in his second year as the Bethel coach, hopes his squad can match or better last year's record 16-6 record.
"We lost some seniors from last year, but we have five (seniors) on the team this year," Glover said.
The entire Bethel coaching staff liked the balanced scoring from the hot-shooting trio of Bain, Pfledderer, and Clendening.
The trio accounted for 68 of Bethel's 81 game total.
Sparked by more than a dozen steals, the Bees scored 26 points in transition. The squad also connected on 7 of 15 from the three-point line including three each from Bain and Clendening.
Bethel jumped out early and never let up on the accelerator.
Leading 17-7 after one quarter, the Bees turned it up a notch and built a 40-22 first-half spread.
The bulge swelled to 61-30 after three quarters. A 20-9 fourth quarter advantage made the final score 81-39.
The Bees scored 34 buckets and six free throws while Bradford had 12 buckets and 12 free throws.
Using a variety of zone defenses, the Bees quelled most of the shooting opportunities of the Railroaders. The visitors hit 3 of 9 from three-point range and a dozen inside buckets, but their shooting percentage was a shade below 30 percent.
The Railroaders were paced by David Wysong with 20 points, the only Bradford player in double digits.