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Or­tale (20) leads four in dou­ble fig­ures as Ea­gles over­come 36-point ef­fort from King

Albany Times Union - - FRONT PAGE - By James Allen

Beth­le­hem’s Justin Barnes, right, has 14 of his 16 points in the sec­ond half and Beth­le­hem beats CBA in Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil play.

Bal­ance can some­times be frowned upon as bor­ing and bland. Bal­ance from the Beth­le­hem boys’ bas­ket­ball team Fri­day night, on of­fense and de­fense, proved ex­cit­ing and wor­thy of vic­tory against Chris­tian Broth­ers Academy.

Four play­ers from the Ea­gles scored in dou­ble fig­ures and the vis­i­tors were vastly more ef­fi­cient at both ends of the floor dur­ing the fi­nal quar­ter to help se­cure a 62-54 win at Ned Mc­graw Gym­na­sium.

Beth­le­hem’s bal­ance and steady play — the Ea­gles made 11 of 21 shots in the first half and 11 of 22 shots in the sec­ond half — helped off­set a su­perla­tive per­for­mance by CBA ju­nior point guard Jor­dan King.

But King went just 2-for-8 from the field in the fourth quar­ter, fin­ish­ing 13-for-27 shoot­ing over­all in scor­ing 36 points. The rest of the Broth­ers com­bined to con­nect on just 5 of 26 at­tempts (19.2 per­cent) from the field.

“Late in a game, when one guy is scor­ing all of their points, it is go­ing to show at the end. He can’t keep that up all game,” Beth­le­hem se­nior guard Michael Or­tale said of King. “(CBA) is one of the best teams in the sec­tion. We had to come in and just do our thing.”

“We wanted to keep pres­sur­ing him and tire him out,” Beth­le­hem coach A.G. Irons said. “He was un­be­liev­able, mak­ing some tough shots. He is very good. We changed some things, know­ing that he has to look for his (of­fense) in or­der for them to be suc­cess­ful. We started hedg­ing on things. It didn’t help that much, but we also fig­ured at some point he would go cold.

“Our game plan was not to al­low him to score that much, but with our ex­pe­ri­ence, se­nior

lead­er­ship and some big bas­kets late, we got the win.”

“Guys were do­ing what they needed to do. We played hard and fin­ished strong,” Beth­le­hem se­nior guard Jake La­clair said. “When this game came up, we knew we needed it. Now that we’ve got it, we’re look­ing for­ward to play­ing Saratoga.”

The Ea­gles (12-0, 8-0 league) will next take on Saratoga (11-0, 8-0) on Tues­day at home for the Blue Di­vi­sion lead. The Blue Streaks re­mained un­de­feated Fri­day with a 67-57 de­ci­sion over Niskayuna.

When in­formed Beth­le­hem and Saratoga were set to col­lide Tues­day, King said, ‘That is def­i­nitely go­ing to be a hard fight. I am not go­ing to pre­dict who is go­ing to win. They are both good teams. That one is def­i­nitely go­ing to be good.”

King, de­spite be­ing un­der the weather Fri­day, sure was ex­cep­tional. He tal­lied 22 points (on 7-for-13 shoot­ing) in the first half as the Broth­ers led 30-29 at the break.

King drained two 3-point­ers late in the third quar­ter to ex­tend CBA’S lead to 49-44, but Or­tale (20 points, 11 re­bounds, three as­sists) buried a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two points en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter.

Beth­le­hem se­nior point guard Justin Barnes, who scored 14 of his 16 points af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, opened the fi­nal quar­ter with a drive and con­ver­sion. Erik Salo (11 points, 11 re­bounds) then con­verted a feed from La­clair to put the Ea­gles up 51-49.

Af­ter King scored on a drive on which he con­verted with his left hand, Beth­le­hem ju­nior re­serve guard Will Davis de­liv­ered a three-point play and, fol­low­ing a King miss, Or­tale threw a skip pass out of a dou­ble-team to Barnes, who drained a 3-pointer for a 57-51 ad­van­tage.

“That was huge,” La­clair said. “We were down most of the game, but needed that and were able to fin­ish it off.”

“The Barnes kid had a good game. He hit some good shots and we lost him a cou­ple of times that re­ally hurt us,” CBA coach Dave Doemel said. “We can’t do that.

“I thought we played pretty solid early and through the third quar­ter,” Doemel added. “In the fourth quar­ter, we kind of drifted a lit­tle bit.”

The Broth­ers (6-4, 4-4) con­nected on only 2 of 14 shots dur­ing the fourth quar­ter in drop­ping their third straight game.

“In the fourth quar­ter, we’ve got make more shots. That is my fault. I’ve got to get the guys go­ing ear­lier to be pre­pared for the fourth,” King said. “This is a game we take to prac­tice the next day. We need to work even harder and im­prove even more so we can win close games like this in the sec­tion­als.”

Pho­tos by Phoebe Shee­han / Times Union

Beth­le­hem’s Michael Or­tale goes in for a layup against CBA on Fri­day. Or­tale added 11 re­bounds and three as­sists to his 20-point out­ing.

CBA’S Jor­dan King was 13-for-27 from the field on Fri­day, but was held to 2-for-8 shoot­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

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