BALDWIN — The Eagles battled back, but a rally came up just short in Saturday’s third-place tournament game.
The Wellsville High School boys basketball team fell to Anderson County 59-57 on the final day of the Baldwin Tournament at Baldwin High School.
WHS got down by as many as 11 in the second half, but made a strong effort late to knock off the Bulldogs.
Jackson Dwyer, junior, snagged an offensive rebound and got the put back basket to cut the Anderson County lead to 56-54 with 40 seconds left.
Dwyer drove to the basket on the Eagles’ next offensive possession and was fouled with 13 seconds left. His free throws made it 58-57.
Following the Bulldogs going 1-2 from the foul line, Wellsville got the ball back down two with less than 10 seconds left. Elijah Kearney, senior, attempted a shot from the right side of the basket as time expired, but it was blocked by Anderson County’s John Rundle, senior.
Rick O’Neil, WHS head boys basketball coach, said he was happy to see his team fight back to make it a game, but defensively the Eagles need some work.
“Our kids, they are pretty good about competing, fighting for loose balls and taking charges,” he said. “I was pleased with that, as a coach should be. You want that all the time.
“[Anderson County is] a good team. Fundamentally, we did some things defensively we don’t normally do, so we will work on those things.”
Wellsville’s Zach Vance led all scorers with 17 points. Luke Richards, sophomore, and Dwyer finished with 11 points apiece.
Kass Allnutt, junior, and Justin Rockers, junior, led the Bulldogs with 12 points each.
The Eagles will get a rematch with Anderson County 7:30 p.m. Friday at WHS, 602 Walnut St., Wellsville.
AC (59) — Allnutt 12, Rockers 12, Spencer 11, Kueser 10, Rundle 8, Edens 6.
WHS (57) — Vance 17, Richards 11, Dwyer 11, Kearney 9, Aamold 5, O’Neil 3, Donovan 1.