Bethel ended a back-and-forth affair on the wrong side, losing the lead and the game to Byng, 44-43, in the last 16 seconds Friday night.
Trevor Stark scored a game-high 16 points for Bethel, which fell to 6-9 with the loss.
Reed Wall led Byng with 11 points. Brothers Dinah and Kiyaanii Bohan combined for 18 points for the Pirates, who improved to 9-7.
With the game tied at 29 heading into the final stanza, the teams traded leads until Byng took the lead on free throws with 16 seconds left.
Andrew Kinnamon added 10 for the Wildcats, which heads to the Newcastle Tournament next week. Bethel will challenge Blanchard in the first round at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Bethel’s Lady Wildcats, ranked 20th in Class 4A, also came up short Friday night as the eighth-ranked Lady Pirates pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 43-37 victory. The game remained close throughout.
“Byng is really strong defensively; they did a really good job,” said Bethel coach Jennifer Lynch. “They got the advantage. Free throws were the difference in the game.”
Bethel struggled at the stripe, hitting just nine off 22 attempts. Byng netted 15 of 22.
Bry Flanagan led the Lady Wildcats (8-7) with 18 points, and Genna Robinson provided 10.
The Lady Wildcats will contest Blanchard at 4 p.m. Thursday to open the Newcastle Tournament.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter and Jason Smith.