The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Sports Editor 

Bearcats' Pressure Wears Down Blue Devils In Home Loss

 

January 21, 2019

Jeremiah Reed

Aiden Green drives to the lane against a Bearcat defender in the first half of Brevard's home game against Hendersonville Friday night. Click on image to see additional photos from this event.

For the first eight minutes Friday night, the Brevard Blue Devils stood toe-to-toe with the conference-leading Hendersonville Bearcats.

Unfortunately, the visitors' high-pressure defense forced a number of Blue Devil turnovers and Hendersonville pulled away down the stretch, winning by a final of 69-58.

It was a scrappy affair most of the night, with Hendersonville utilizing a full-court press and half-court trap on defense.

Brevard did a good job weathering the storm in the first quarter. That effort was hindered when they lost Jacob Miner early on following a hard foul that left him with an apparent eye injury.

Drew Scott picked up the slack, scoring six points in the first quarter to help Brevard to a 16-14 lead after the first quarter.

But things quickly fell apart for the Blue Devils, as the Bearcats went on a 7-0 run in the first 80 seconds of the quarter to take a 23-16 lead.

A bucket from Carter McCracken, followed by a slam dunk from Aiden Green off a steal from Breylan Owens cut the lead to 27-20 with 4:30 to go in the half.

However, Hendersonville's defensive pressure continued to cause Brevard problems as the Bearcats held a 34-25 halftime lead.

The third quarter followed a similar pattern, with Brevard cutting into the lead only to see Hendersonville capitalize off turnovers and stretch the margin to double digits.

The Blue Devils cut the lead to 46-36 with just over two minutes to play off a bucket from Scott, but the Bearcats closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run to take a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Jeremiah Reed

Aiden Green drives to the lane against a Bearcat defender in the first half of Brevard's home game against Hendersonville Friday night. Click on image to see additional photos from this event.

Both teams emptied their bench in the final minutes, and while Brevard was able to cut into the lead, the final result was never in doubt, as the Bearcats scored their 13th straight win.

The loss gives Brevard a 6-6 record overall and a 1-2 mark in Mountain Six play.

Ben Beeker, the Bearcats' 6'8" standout, had a relatively quiet night.

The senior finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds – including 10 offensive boards – but did most of his work stuffing the stat sheet late in the fourth quarter.

Brevard's undoing was the inability to handle Hendersonville's defensive pressure and some missed opportunities in the third quarter that could have cut into the Bearcats' lead.

The Blue Devils will look to bounce back when they travel to Smoky Mountain on Tuesday.

Brevard is back at home on Friday to host Pisgah.

 
 

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