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Boys basketball: Bethlehem escapes with a win

Key fourth-quarter sequence allows Eagles to pull away from Mohonasen

Bethlehem's John Sica shoots between three Mohonasen defenders during a Jan. 31 Suburban Council game in Rotterdam.

Bethlehem's John Sica shoots between three Mohonasen defenders during a Jan. 31 Suburban Council game in Rotterdam. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— "We knew we had to battle back," said Sica. "We just started playing together better, and everything fell into place."

The two teams traded the lead five times in the fourth quarter before Morrelli drained a three-pointer to give Bethlehem a 55-53 advantage. Christopher Richardson made one out of two free throws to pull Mohonasen within one point before Sica made a critical basket off a pass from Zonca to put the Eagles ahead 57-54.

Sica finished with a team-high 21 points, while Morrelli contributed 14 points -- nine of which came in the fourth quarter -- for Bethlehem. Wicks paced Mohonasen with 22 points.

The Eagles will try to carry the momentum from Friday's victory into Tuesday's game against Averill Park (8-5, 8-7).

"It's a huge motivation going into next week," said Morrelli. "If we get hot, we could maybe surprise some teams at Sectionals."

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