VALE — The Bessemer City Yellow Jackets boys varsity basketball team outscored the West Lincoln Rebels 56-36 in the second half to take a 91-62 Southern Piedmont Conference win on Tuesday.
The Rebels trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and the Yellow Jackets’ full-court defense forced several West Lincoln turnovers in the second to give Bessemer City a 35-26 halftime lead.
West Lincoln junior Samuel Redding found a lane and drove to the basket for a layup in the opening seconds of the game but the Yellow Jackets went on a 3-0 run in the next minute to take a 3-2 lead.
West Lincoln sophomore Daniel Schesny fielded a pass under the basket and scored a layup to give the Rebels (2-13, 0-7) a 4-3 advantage with 5:50 left in the first quarter but Bessemer City pulled ahead 7-4 before West Lincoln freshman Dylan Frady knocked down a 3-pointer to knot the game at 7-7 with 4:12 left in the first.
The Yellow Jackets (12-3, 5-2) added three points on free throws before Frady hit another 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 10-10.
Bessemer City pulled ahead 13-10 before West Lincoln senior Brett Huff got in on the long-range scoring action, hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 13-13. The Yellow Jackets scored four unanswered points to take a 17-13 lead at the end of the period.
The Yellow Jackets went on a 4-0 run to open the second quarter before Schesny made a layup to cut Bessemer City’s lead to 21-15. The Yellow Jackets’ pressure defense forced the Rebels to rely on long-range passes, one of which found Huff under the basket for a layup with 4:33 left before halftime to cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 23-17.
That touched off another 4-0 run for Bessemer City before West Lincoln senior Alec Bruning pulled in an offensive board and scored a layup to make the score 27-19. Bruning added a pair of free throws with one minute left in the first half to give the Yellow Jackets a 33-21 lead. Frady banked in a 3-pointer moments later and Schesny scored a field goal after a steal with 20 seconds left before halftime.
The Rebels travel to Highland Tech on Friday.