|Bethel Winning Streak Snapped at Miami East|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:18|
Riding high after the Northridge Holiday championship, the Bethel boys stood at 8-0 when they tipped off Friday at Miami East.
The Bees kept their unbeaten season alive last week with a 69-34 win over Jefferson and an 83-51 win in the title game over the host Polar Bears.
However, senior Christian Pfledderer provided the key to victory with a near-perfect first-half performance that included 20 points and a 45-18 halftime lead over the Polar Bears.
"Christian is the best point guard in the area by far," said Coach Eric Glover.
Pfledderer connected on eight straight shots from the field and two free throws. He scored 26 points for the Bees.
"It was my best game ever at Bethel," Pfledderer said.
After capturing the Northridge Tournament, the Bees played as road game Friday at the always tough coached by Allen Mack, a 25-year coaching veteran with one state title under his belt.
In a nip-and-tuck game that included nine ties and a staggering 17 lead changes, the Bees fell to 8-1 for the season after suffering a 71-63 loss.
The Bees tallied 27 field goals while the Vikings scored only 20. Both teams connected on four three-pointers.
However, the difference in the game was at the charity stripe.
By a wide spread, it was all Miami East. The Vikings hit 27 of 39 attempts at the foul line while the Bees hit just 5 of 8, giving the home team a charity point spread of 22 points.
Bain, who grabbed nine rebounds and dished off three assists, scored a season-low 12 points, 15 points below his season average. Pfledderer, who averages 20 points, was held to16 points.
Mack said he wanted someone other than those two Bees to shot the ball.
That other Bee turned out to be senior Christian Hagen, who stepped up his game by scoring nine field goals for a season-high 21 points.
Junior Julian Brooks came off the bench and connected two three-pointers on his way to eight points
The game was tight through three quarters.
The Bees lead for the last time midway in the third period when Hagen slashed through the lane and scored for a 44-43.
Midway in the fourth quarter, Bain's dunk cut the deficit to 56-52 but Viking Damien Mackesy (who led all scorers with career-high 29 points) answered with a basket to keep the lead at six points.
The Bees never threatened again.
Despite their first loss of the season, the Bees are looking ahead to start another winning streak.
Coach Glover liked the "hustle and no-quit attitude" of his squad.
But the Vikings, how 5-4 for the season, prevailed with a 28-19 fourth quarter surge that led to the eight-point league victory.
The Vikings won the battle of the boards with a 32-24 rebound advantage.