CLAYSBURG — To say the Bedford boys’ basketball team had a great 2018 could be an understatement.

On Saturday, the Bisons capped the year with an thrilling 51-45 victory over their county and now league foe Chestnut Ridge in the final of the 2018 C&S Family Market Holiday Hoops Tournament at Claysbug-Kimmel.

“I loved the heart and passion I saw in the second half,” said Bedford coach Leo Brunelli. “This was our time tonight. The boys responded well to the locker room talk.

“I thought we had a good 2018. We’re ending the year 5-3, and by no means are we satisfied with that. It is what it is, but we’re looking for an even better 2019.”

Despite trailing at the end of the first three quarters, the Bisons were down by only a point heading into the fourth, 42-41.

CR’s Ethan Whysong opened the final quarter with a three, but a free throw by Miles Washington and a three-pointer by Drew Hall tied the game, 45-45.

After a missed Lion free throw, Steven Ressler scored five points before Hall added a free throw, pushing the Bisons ahead, 51-45.

The Lions came within four points of the Bisons with a bucket by Shane Felix, but that was the closest the Lions would come the rest of the way.

From there, Bedford outscored the Lions 4-1, with all four points coming from Jace Growden, as Felix had a free throw for the Lions.

Ressler led the Bisons with 23 points, while Growden and Hall each finished with 14, and Washington posted 10.

Noah Hillegass paced the Lions with 10 points. as the Lions recorded 11 three-pointers in the loss.

“The second-half bugaboos got us again,” said Chestnut Ridge coach Matt Claar. “They ratcheted-up pressure in the second half and I don’t think we were quite ready for it. Anytime you get two neighboring schools together it’s going to be a battle. I think our kids hung in there pretty well.”

The two foes will see each other once again on Thursday when the Bisons host the Lions.

The hosting Bulldogs also earned a win in the consolation game, toppling Forbes Road, 54-40.

The hosts won the opening jump ball and never relented to the Cardinals.

Using several lengthy scoring runs during the first three periods, the Bulldogs led 41-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

Landan Bauman opened the quarter with a lay-up for the Bulldogs, and after a pair of free throws by FR’s Logan Deshong, Bauman added another basket, keeping the Bulldogs ahead, 45-28.

Claysburg had just two additional field goals during the fourth quarter, while Forbes recorded five.

Follow a FR basket, the Bulldogs went three for four at the free throw line and after a missed Forbes, Road freebie, CK’s Parker Dibert had a basket. Claysburg’s Kyle Glass added another basket after another missed Forbes Road free throw, pushing the Bulldogs ahead, 51-28.

Forbes’ Grayson Hall broke up the Bulldogs’ scoring streak with a three, but the hosts added a bucket by Ben Weiland. Forbes Road outscored the hosts, 9-1, down the stretch as the Bulldogs won, 54-40.

“We had a team meeting this morning,” explained CK coach Mike Harris. “The seniors really took charge. I think they did a really good job tonight. We boxed out and worked the ball better. We played really unselfish basketball tonight.”

Claysburg’s Bauman led the hosts with 15 points, while Hall led the Cardinals with 17 points.

The Bulldogs will play again on Friday when they visit Mount Union.

The All-Tournament Team consisted of Forbes Road’s Hall, Claysburg-Kimmel’s Bauman, Chestnut Ridge’s Felix, and Bedford’s Growden. The Sportsmanship Award went to Chestnut Ridge’s Hillegass, while Bedford’s Ressler was named the tournament’s MVP.

4th Annual C&S Family Market Holiday Hoops Tournament Final BEDFORD 61, CHESTNUT RIDGE 50

Bedford 14 9 18 20 – 61

Chestnut Ridge 16 16 10 8 – 50

Bedford (61) – Jace Growden 6 2-2 14; Miles Washington (1) 3 1-2 10; Steven Ressler (2) 5 7-7 23; Dylan Arnold 0 0-0 0; Joey Koontz 0 0-0 0; Drew Hall (2) 3 2-4 14; Mercury Swaim 0 0-0 0.

Chestnut Ridge (50) – Isaac Little (3) 0 0-0 9; Matt Whysong (1) 0 2-4 5; Shane Felix (2) 1 1-2 9; Logan Pfister (2) 0 0-0 6; Noah Hillegass 5 0-0 10; Kam Clapper (2) 0 0-0 6; Ethan Whysong (1) 1 0-0 5; Luke Mickle 0 0-0 0. Totals: (11) 7 3-6 50.

Consolation Game CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL 54, FORBES ROAD 40

Forbes Road 6 4 14 16 – 40

Claysburg-Kimmel 15 15 11 13 – 54

Forbes Road (40) – Kadin Kuhn (1) 1 2-2 7; Brendan Lupey 0 0-0 0; Logan Deshong 2 9-12 13; Grayson Hall (1) 5 4-4 17; Justin Garman (1) 0 0-0 3; Matt Clippinger 0 0-0 0 Wyatt McGowan 0 0-1 0; Jonas Shaneman 0 0-0 0. Totals: (3) 8 15-21 40.

Claysburg-Kimmel (54) – Kyle Glass (1) 2 1-2 8; Alex Kulick 1 4-4 6; Landan Bauman 7 1-4 15; Dom Francona 2 2-2 6; R.J. Helsel (1) 2 1-4 8; Sam Dodson 0 0-0 0; Ben Weiland 1 0-0 2; Michael Baker 0 0-0 0 Nathan Maslanik 0 0-0 0; Parker Dibert 1 0-0 2; David Gregg (1) 0 0-0 3; Corey Chamberlain 2 0-0 4. Totals: (3) 18 9-16 54.

Contact Codi Weyant at cweyant@bedfordgazette.com or at 623-1151 ext. 155.

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