High School Sports

High school boys’ basketball: Bald Eagle Area hammers Penns Valley

It was pick your poison night in Wingate as Bald Eagle Area pummeled Penns Valley 57-28 to remain undefeated on the season.

The Rams started the game with a zone defense that tried to limit the touches of Dennis Fisher, the Eagles’ center who entered the night averaging 18 points per game.

Instead, twin brothers Bryce and Bryan Greene took turns slithering through tiny cracks on the perimeter and either making shots or finding teammates.

“I think teams are starting to think we’re one-sided and I think now everyone’s seeing we’re more than one dimensional,” said Eagles’ coach Bill Butterworth. “Dennis is a weapon, but we have two twin brothers that create havoc out there.”

Bryan Greene led all scorers with 12 points, while Bryce had 11. However, neither twin would admit to reveling in any one-upmanship on the court.

“No, there’s no competition,” Bryan said with a smile as Bryce laughed by his side. “If I get the ball I like to give him assists and he gives me assists and we just try to rack up the points.”

They also racked up the steals against the Rams, applying full-court pressure that supplemented the Eagles’ offense well while Fisher dealt with early foul trouble.

In less than four minutes the Eagles led 13-2 after a Bryce Green 3-pointer from the left wing. Fisher was whistled for his second foul with 29 seconds remaining in the first, but wasn’t deterred as he hit his first basket just before the quarter ended.

“They did a great job,” Fisher said of the Greenes. “I just sat back and watched them do whatever they wanted.”

“If I’m not scoring anyone can really score on this team,” the senior continued. “It’s not just me. That helps me out and it helps everyone else out.”

Fisher finished with eight points. Ryan Dyke also finished with eight points and seemed to always be on the receiving end of a nice pass from the brothers Greene. Brandon Gettig also finished with eight.

It was a tough night for the Rams as turnovers scuttled their chances early. However, they made a modest run after a nice flurry from Luke Weaver just before the half.

Weaver finished with a team high nine points.

The junior struggled with his shot early, but drilled a 3-pointer and followed with a fastbreak layup after Dalton Ulmanic sprawled for a steal near mid-court. The easy basket got the Rams within 25-13 at intermission.

Cameron Tobias and Sean Beamesderfer each had four.

“Well they didn’t become undefeated with smoke and mirrors,” said Rams’ coach Terry Glunt of the Eagles. “They’re a solid team with a lot of speed and (Fisher) presented some matchup problems for us.”

“We didn’t make any shots (but) came into halftime down just 12,” he continued. “Last year we were down 15 at our place (at the half) and came back to win ... We thought we could tonight but Bald Eagle had a different idea.”

Led by the Greenes, Bald Eagle went opened the second half with a 12-2 run and followed that with a 13-4 outburst.

“I think we got our second wind,” Butterworth said. “We took a long ride up to DuBois and played last night. In the third quarter, the Greenes got active and everyone feeds off of them.”

Fisher even decided to make his presence felt.

After the Eagles carved up a desperate Rams’ press, Dyke hit Fisher with a bounce pass as the big man knifed down the lane. He finished with a one-handed dunk that the crowd appreciated even if he was a little disappointed.

“I was going to do it with two hands, but I wasn’t high enough,” Fisher said with a smile. He admitted his legs were a bit fatigued from the night before.

Penns Valley will travel to Bellwood Antis on Wednesday night, while Bald Eagle hosts Tyrone on Friday.

An undefeated start for the Eagles and has both Greenes happy but not yet satisfied.

“Oh yeah, 10-0 you can’t beat that,” said Bryce Greene. “We’re just trying to keep it rolling, stay undefeated and see how far it gets us.”

“We’re very happy,” Bryan said. “Our next game against Tyrone is big and we just have to play better defense and grind it out.”