MOREHEAD, Ky -The Belfry Pirates had a good showing at the Kentucky Bank Challenge held at Rowan County Friday and Saturday. Belfry won the first game but then lost the next day. One Pirate, Garrett Fannin, set a milestone record in his career.
The Pirates won the first game of the Challenge against East Jessamine on Friday by a score of 63-57. Belfry then lost to Fairview the next day by a score of 80-74 but Fannin scored his 1,000th career point early in the third period of the second game.
Fannin now becomes the 16th player in Belfry basketball history to have reached over 1,000 career points. Fannin sank his 1,000th career goal early in the third period on a pull-up jumper. Fannin ended the game with 1,009 points in his career as a Belfry Pirate, landing him in the 14th spot on the Pirates 1,000 career point provable all-time list.
The first game of the challenge went smooth for (1-3) Belfry as they defeated (2-7) East Jessamine in a close contest. East Jessamine owned the first period as they outscored the Pirates 17-8. Belfry came back in the second period to outscore East jessamine 19-12.
The Jaguars entered halftime with a two point lead over the Pirates with the score being 29-27 at the end of the first half. The Pirates third period effort was what sealed the win for Belfry. Belfry outscored the Jaguars 15-7 in the third period and both teams scored 21 points in the final period to end the game with the Pirates winning 63-57.
Fannin led the Pirates in scoring against East Jessamine with 19 points. Cole Bentley added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pirates. Sophomore guard, Isiah Roblee added eight points to the Pirates score. Austin Woolum also added eight points for the Pirates.
Nathan Harper led the way for the Jaguars with 16 points, while Ben Thompson and Brandon Pitney added 11 points each for East Jessamine.
The Jaguars shot 44 percent from the field making 21-48 shots. Belfry shot 43 percent making 19-44 shots. Fannin was perfect from the free throw line making all ten of his foul shots.
Belfry: 8 19 15 21 -63
E. Jessamine: 17 12 7 21 -57
The next day Belfry squared off against Fairview for their second game of the challenge on Saturday. Fairview pulled away in overtime to win the game 80-74 over the Pirates.
The first period was close with Fairview outscoring the Pirates 14-12. The Pirates ran away with the second period, outscoring Fairview 20-8. Belfry entered halftime with a ten point lead over Fairview with the first half ending with a score of 32-22.
The Pirates held onto the lead in the third period by outscoring Fairview 19-16 but a fourth period rally tied up the game when Fairview outscored the Pirates 27-14. With the score tied at 60 the two teams headed into overtime. The Fairview Eagles pulled out the win by scoring 15 points over Belfry’s nine points, giving the Eagles the win.
With the loss Belfry falls to a record of 1-4 and Fairview jumped up a record of 6-3.
Roblee led the Pirates in points scoring 24 on the night. Fannin finished the night with 17 points and a seat in the thousand point club in Belfry basketball history. Bentley finished the night with a double-double after netting 12 points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Catron added 11 points to the Pirates final score.
Dylan Romine led the Eagles in scoring with 39 points while teammate Alex Roy scored 23 points for Fairview. Antwan Washington finished the night with 12 points.
Fairview edged out Belfry by shooting 53 percent from the field making 31-58 shots. Belfry shot 47 percent making 28-59 shots. Belfry made 11-20 foul shots and Fairview made 14-27 foul shots.
The Pirates now have a holiday break coming up before they head back into action when they host The Mountain Schoolboy Classic beginning on Dec 28. and continuing through Dec 30. Belfry will start off the Classic by facing Beth Haven on the first night.
Belfry: 12 20 19 14 9 – 74
Fairview: 14 8 16 27 15 – 80
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)