Valley Sports Report
LERAYSVILLE - Northeast Bradford closed the game with a 9-2 run in the final three minutes to pull out a 42-35 win over Sayre here Tuesday night in NTL Small School Division boys basketball action.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, featuring nine leads changes and seven ties.
NEB jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but sophomore Zach Moore drained a 3-pointer, and 6-4 sophomore Zach Belles scored back-to-back buckets - off assists from senior Gage Carnrike and freshman Brayden Horton, respectively - to give the Redskins a 7-4 lead.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Moore gave Sayre a 15-12 lead with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Panthers scored four points in the final 20 seconds to take a 16-15 lead after the first eight minutes.
Belles, off a feed from Carnrike, gave Sayre a 17-16 lead early in the second quarter, and then the offensive flow of the game drastically slowed. NEB outscored Sayre 5-4 over the final 7 1/2 minutes of half to send the game into the halftime intermission tied at 21-21.
Belles made a pair of free throws in the opening moments of the second half to give the Redskins a 23-21 lead.
After an NEB bucket tied the game, junior Riley McClelland knocked down a 3-pointer to give Sayre a 26-23 lead.
NEB closed the third quarter with a 6-1 spurt in the final minute to take a 29-27 lead into the final eight minutes.
NEB stretched its lead to 31-27, but freshman Matt Lane canned a 3-pointer with 6 minutes remaining to close the gap to 31-30.
NEB took a 33-30 lead, but Lane buried another 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game at 33-33.
After NEB scored back-to-back buckets to take a 37-33 lead with 1:45 left in the game, sophomore Connor Young, off a feed from Horton, scored on a short jumper to close the gap to 37-35.
NEB made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the victory.
Belles led Sayre with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Moore had six points and three rebounds, and Lane scored six points.
Carnrike had five points, seven boards, five steals, and three assists for the Redskins, while Horton had four rebounds, four assists, and one blocked shot, and McConnell chipped in with three rebounds.
Sayre, now 5-13, returns to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts Bloomsburg.
IN PHOTO 1: Sayre's Gage Carnrike. IN PHOTO 2: Sayre's Connor Young. ... PHOTOS COURTESY OF PETER KENT.
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