"I thought they really played good defense in the third quarter," said Irons. "I think we succumbed to the pressure a little bit, but we held on and didn't let their run go past where we needed to be."
Bethlehem went back to work in the fourth quarter. Dan Lanchantin started the period off with a three-pointer, and Judd added a three on the next possession to make the score 61-56.
"It's tough to prepare high school kids," said Kilmer. "You can tell them that (Kevin) Wendth is going to fly down the floor and pitch it out (to a perimeter shooter), but until it happens, they probably look at you and don't believe you."
Wendth (14 points) added a basket midway through the fourth quarter to put Bethlehem up 69-61. The Eagles then added several free throws to seal the win.
"Coach Irons did a great job," said Kilmer. "His kids play basketball the way you dream to watch them play. They don't care who scores, and they try to get the best shot for their team. I can't tell you what a pleasure it is, even though we got beat. To just see a team play that way is just eye opening."
"Our athleticism and our intensity is really paying off, as far as what we've been doing in practice," said Irons.
Bethlehem returned to action Tuesday when it hosted Suburban Council Gold Division leader Guilderland, while Colonie faced Averill Park.""