The Bethlehem boys basketball team won an exciting 56-53 Suburban Council game over Guilderland last Thursday.
The Eagles (7-8 league, 7-12 overall) had a 50-40 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Dutchmen (10-5, 12-7) rallied. Guilderland went on a run to take a one-point lead with 3:20 left.
There was a chance (Guilderland could come back) there is always a chance," said Bethlehem coach A.G. Irons. "We have had a lot of these close games this year, and a lot of them haven't gone our way."
Kevin Wendth wouldn't let Bethlehem lose this close game, though. The senior forward hit a key basket to give the Eagles the lead back and finished with a game-high 23 points.
"Kevin sees things other guys don't see," said Irons. "Guys know Kevin is good, but they don't know how fast he really is until you are on the court and you try to play against him. He's got a step " another gear that guys don't have, and he's got those long legs."
Bethlehem nearly didn't have Wendth on the court in crunch time after he had to leave when he took an elbow in the chin. It was all part of a physical game between the two South Division rivals " something the Eagles are getting used to in general.
"I think recently we have noticed that we've been playing tougher, and a physical game doesn't really affect us right now," said Irons. "I think we play a little better when it is physical. It gets us up a little bit."
Ryan Prinzo chipped in 15 points for Bethlehem, which swept its two regular season meetings with Guilderland.
Jon Terry led Guilderland's comeback. The senior forward scored 15 of his team-high 21 points in the second half.
"He is an excellent player," said Irons. "I think he got frustrated in the first half, but he had a change of heart at halftime and came out and played strong."
Kevin Kost contributed 11 points for the Dutchmen, who wrapped up their regular season Tuesday against Shenendehowa.""