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Red Raiders robbed on bad bounce

SPRING MILLS -There was no shame in their game.
After capturing their first win of the season on Thursday to propel them into the title tilt of the Ram Winter Jam tournament, the Bellefonte boys basketball team continued its impressive played Mifflinburg in a nail biting affair Friday.
The game was not for the faint of heart as the game wasn’t decided until the buzzer and even then it would be a roll out of the bucket that would decide it.
Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, Bellefonte was on the short end of a 47-44 contest.
It was evident to all who watched that the Raiders left everything they had on the court before unwillingly bowing out as their last shot with .08 left went in out, just narrowly missing a triple that would have sent the game into an overtime thriller.
Mifflinburg, led by Jordan Tyson who helped in the comeback after the game was tied with seconds left.
His shot and foul with 1.6 seconds proved to be the deciding factor after scooping the ball up on a bad bounce after a shot.
Going into the final stanza, the Red Raiders led 29-27.
Tyson tied things less than a minute in after stealing the ball and taking to the hole.
Bellefonte took back the lead when Jaymz McClelland got free underneath and hit the short jumper, making it 31-29.
Center Austin Raymer tied the contest as he pulled down an offensive board and put it in.
Bellefonte’s Nathan Tice temporarily extended the lead to three as he roped a smooth triple to take the 34-31 advantage with 4:41 left.
But the Wildcats were relentless and cut the Bellefonte lead to one when Levi Yoder was a perfect 2-for-2 from the foul line.
But the Red Raiders seemed unphased as they got the ball back to Tice from beyond the three-point line. Tice was automatic as he hit another smooth triple extending the game once again, this time to 37-33.
But when Mifflinburg needed him, Tyson made his presence known as he scored on consecutive times down the court, to pull the Wildcats back even with the Red Raiders at 37, with only 2:38 left.
After losing the ball on the following possession, the Red Raiders fell behind by three when Mifflinburg took advantage of the miscue and sent the ball to Yoder from behind the arc.
Yoder hit nothing but net, putting his team ahead 40-37.
But the Red Raiders refuse to quit as they cut the game to within one as Joseph Maggs hit 2-of-2 from a one-on-one situation, 40-39.
The Wildcats broke the Red Raider press on the following bounds pass, giving Tanner Stotzfus an easy basket and his team a 42-39 lead with under two minutes to go.
But back battled Bellefonte as it cut the lead back to one again, this time inside threat Caleb Rockey made a tough bucket in the lane, 42-41.
After the Wildcats sharpshooter Yoder hit another bucket to put them ahead by three at 44-41 with just 1:00 left.
But Ben McCartney hit the biggest Red Raider shot of the night launching a clutch triple, tying it at 44.
The game would stay that way until late as Tyson scooped the awkward rebound of the ball and jumped in and was fouled in the process.
Going In the third, Bellefonte led at the beginning as well with a 16-11 advantage.
The Red Raiders also led after one quarter and for much of the game. Proving that they are a team to be reckoned with on any given night.

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