It was a good night for the Bell County freshmen on Tuesday as the Bobcats defeated Harlan County 65-54. Colby Frazier and Dalton Mason led the effort combining for 48 of Bell’s points.
Frazier finished with a game-high 31 points while hitting five 3-pointers. Mason scored 17 points with 10 coming in the second half.
Isaac Eldridge finished the game with seven points. Dawson Atkins and Casey Lee scored five points apiece.
Elisha Smallwood, Alex Nantz and Taylor Spurlock paced the Harlan County offense. Smallwood scored a team-high 16 points. Nantz and Spurlock finished the game with 12 points apiece.
James Chasteen also scored in double figures after tallying 10 points. Evan Aslinger finished the game with four points.
After trailing 13-11 through the opening quarter, the Black Bears built a two-point cushion in the second. An eight-point outing by Smallwood helped Harlan County take a 27-25 lead into halftime.
A strong third quarter by Frazier and good defense allowed the Bobcats to turn the game around in their favor. The defense held the Black Bears to eight points in the third. Bell scored 22 points during the quarter with 12 coming from Frazier. The Bobcats took a 46-35 lead into the final quarter.
With the help of Nantz, Harlan County was able to score 19 points in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t enough as Frazier’s nine points allowed the Bobcats to walk away with a 11-point victory.
Bell County (65) — Colby Frazier 31, Dawson Atkins 5, Dalton Mason 17, Isaac Eldridge 7, Casey Lee 5.
Harlan County (54) — Taylor Spurlock 12, Elisha Smallwood 16, Alex Nantz 12, James Chasteen 10, Evan Aslinger 4.
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