The first two quarters of the 2019-20 season went pretty well for the Calvary Baptist boys basketball team.
The third, however, got away from the Thunder. And visiting Bethel of Jamestown pulled out a 45-37 victory during both team’s New York-Penn Christian League opener on Monday in Meadville.
Calvary got out to an 11-4 lead in the first quarter, extending it to 24-16 at the half. However, Bethel of Jamestown took over in the third quarter, winning it 15-2.
“The team played their hearts out,” said Calvary’s first-year head coach Jeff Steiger. “With a total of seven playing, and one of them an 8th grader, they played really tough. They learned whole new system this year in the three weeks that we had to prepare. And other than that third quarter they played a wonderful game.
“And that third quarter wasn’t their fault, either. The other team hit three 3-pointers in that quarter. That pulled us out of the zone. And we don’t have enough depth to play man-to-man.”
Logan Stutzman led Jamestown with 15 points, followed by Andrew Ryan with 13 and Jimmy Nixon with 10.
For Calvary, Ethan Kerr put up a team-best 14 points while Caleb Mattocks scored 12, draining the Thunder’s only 3-pointer of the night.