MORRISTOWN —  Beallsville High’s boys’ baskewtball season came to an end with a 70-38 Division IV Sectional Tournament setback at the hands of Malvern at Union Local High School.
There was a feeling of potential upset in the air early on as “three-balls” from seniors Logan Nippert and Dalton Secrest kept the Blue Devils close. After a period, Malvern clung to an 11-7 lead.
Poor shooting plagued Beallsville, especially in the second, when a slightly more proficient Malvern team managed a 12-6 advantage. Even with that edge, Beallsville trailed just 23-13 at the half.
The proverbial roof fell in on the Blue Devils in the third as they continued to struggle from the field, committed eight turnovers and saw Malvern find its game. The Hornets posted a 26-6 advantage in the critical stanza to remove any chance of an upset. A fairly even 21-19 Malvern win in the final period accounted for the final score.
First-year coach Jordan Stephens commented that his team’s play early was what he was hoping for.
“We wanted to slow the tempo and make them shoot it from the outside,” he said. “In the second half, our turnovers killed us and we missed way too many makable shots.”
Final stats told the story as the Blue Devils (9-14) connected on just 11-of-49 action shots and committed 21 turnovers.
Malvern (17-6) finished with 29 made field goals and just 15 turnovers.
Secrest and Nippert closed out their hoops’ careers with 16 points and seven points, respectively. Secrest also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds while Nippert grabbed four to go along with a pair of steals and a blocked shot. Each team recorded 33 turnovers.
Stephens was glad to see his two seniors go out with a flourish.
“They’re both great kids,” he stated. “They have kept our team focused all season long with their solid play and practice habits. As a first year coach, I’m grateful they were my first senior players.”