MILTON - For the first two rounds, Belleville Mennonite boys basketball team hung tough with Meadowbrook Christian Monday night.
But in the end, the Lions' fast-paced style did in the Trojans, 59-37.
"We are not a fast-pace style," Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said. "The guys played hard, we just couldn't keep up with them."
Sentinel photo by CHRIS?NAGY
Meadowbrook Christian’s Logan Torey, left, drives to the basket as he is defended by Belleville Mennonite’s Austin Byler Monday night in Milton.
Meadowbrook took a 27-16 lead into the locker room on the shoulders of Graham Feaster, who controlled the post and scored 14 points in the first half - two fewer than Belleville Mennonite as a team.
"We felt we had an advantage inside tonight," Meadowbrook coach Rod Baughman said. "Graham did a real good job finishing in the paint in the first half."
After Feaster's first half of controlling the boards on both ends, the Trojans decided to commit more people down low for rebounding and that cost them in the end.
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Using their speed and a pressure defense to start the third quarter, the Lions caused the Trojans into turnover after turnover which they turned into transition points.
"The defense picked it up in the third period and forced a lot of turnovers," Baughman said. "That allowed us to stretch the lead out."
The big guns in the third period for the Lions were David Showers and Austin Schott.
Schott hit three treys for nine points and Showers was all over the court and had seven. Overall, Meadowbrook outscored Belleville Mennonite 26-8 in the third quarter and the game was over.
"David does so much of the intangibles that don't show up in the box score," Baughman said. "Austin was big for us in the third. He came off the bench and hit those three huge shots."
Baughman cleared his bench in the fourth period.
Feaster had 20 points on the night to lead all scorers. Showers had 13 followed by Schott with nine.
For Belleville, it wasn't a lost trip to Central Pennsylvania.
"We are a young team and we are learning each night," Snook said. "Our shooting was off tonight or we might have made this a closer game.
"This is the best rebounding performance we have had all season which I am very happy with."
Austin Byler (12 points) and Sammy Kauffman (10) led the offense for the Trojans.
Belleville Mennonite (2-10) hosts Cambria County Christian Thursday.