BETHEL – The Bethel boys basketball team had a close call in an Area 4 regional consolation game against Madill Friday but pulled enough out down the stretch to eek out a 54-48 win and stay alive in the playoffs.
“They did make plays down the stretch to win the game, made some free throws, had some guys step up to make some big shots,” Bethel coach Bryan Jennings said.
The boys trailed 10-2 in the first before going on an 8-2 run to close out the quarter trailing 12-10 and set the pace for much of the game.
Ryan Depoy drained a 3-pointer with 5:41 left in the first half to make it a 17-16 game and Madill stretched out their lead with a pair of buckets to move ahead 23-16. Parker Hall dropped a trey with 3:49 and the Wildcats rallied for eight straight to close out the half with a 24-23 lead.
Madill retook the lead early into the second half and runs by both teams led to lead exchanges as Anthony Franklin hit a perimiter shot to give Bethel a 36-34 lead after three.
Bethel took an advantage in the fourth and Madill made a late push but wasn't able to recover.
Madill's Asa Robertson led all scorers with 13 points and Tanner Barnes and Wyatt Gray each had nine.
Franklin and Hall had 10 apiece to lead Bethel, Devin Acklin and Drae Wood had eight and Colin Meiler put in six.
The win keeps Bethel's season alive as they face Southeast today at 3 p.m. at Bethel.
Jennings knows that his guys can't afford to play the way they did Friday if they want to continue their season.
“If we're not better than that tomorrow then our season will come to a close quickly,” he said.