Wright hits game-winning shot to dump Eagles
The Baldwin boys varsity basketball team played its final home game against the Wellsville Eagles on Friday night, winning 73-71.
"It was a war," coach Heath Cooper said. "I told these guys that it was going to be a war. Wellsville has won two or three games, but this is a rivalry. We knew they were probably going to make a run at us, and they did. We were lucky enough our players made plays when we needed them to."
The Bulldogs kept pace with Wellsville throughout the first quarter trailing 15-16. But the Bulldogs burst into a shooting spree outscoring the Eagles 25-17, giving the Bulldogs a 40-33 lead at half-time.
"In the first half, we played really good," Cooper said. "The seniors came out with some intensity and gave us a good lead."
The Bulldogs continued to spark their game during the third quarter taking their lead to 46-44.
Both teams battled throughout the fourth quarter. Wright hit the game winning shot with two seconds remaining in the game. Wellsville shot a half-court shot as time ran out that rimmed out, giving Baldwin the victory.
"It was a hard fought game by both teams," coach Heath Cooper said. "But we were lucky enough to have guys make plays at the right time."
Senior Austin Inzer said he will never forget his last game at Baldwin.
"To end on my homecourt with all these guys I've been playing with for so long is something really special to me," Inzer said. "
Junior Jeremy Wright agreed about the senior never forgetting this game.
"They will always remember this game," Wright said. "I'm really happy for them. They have led us this whole year. To end on a good note here at home is awesome."
Wright led the Bulldogs with an outstanding performance putting up 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists.
"It was the most exciting game we've played," Wright said.
Junior Aaron Hannon also helped carry the Bulldogs with 14 points, three steals and two assists and Senior Chris Irick contributed his 11 points, three assists and three rebounds.
Cooper said the Bulldogs were having trouble stopping Wellsville's dribble penetration.
"They were beating us off the dribble," Cooper said. "I told them we got to stop the dribble, because that's what Wellsville does. They got guys that can handle the ball well and they try to beat you off the dribble. We just couldn't do it."
Cooper also said he was glad the seniors were able to win their final home game.
"Winning is one thing, but I don't think they will ever forget this one," Cooper said. "First of all, I think all the seniors played well. Second, it was a war, and third that shot. They will never forget that."
(Alyssa Johnson, BHS Correspondent, contributed to this story)