Belding’s Hart drains game-winner with just seconds left


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 11:11 pm on Friday, January 04, 2013

Belding’s Brendan Zuver moves around Cedar Springs defender Aaron Mabie during Friday’s 58-55 win at home. Zuver finished the game with 13 points.

BELDING — The Belding Redskins nailed 10 three-pointers on Friday night. It was the final one that sealed the game.

Trailing 46-41 to start the fourth quarter, Belding’s Brendan Zuver started the comeback with five consecutive points, while Kole Hart finished the comeback with a three-pointer with just seven seconds remaining.

Zuver and Hart accounted for 15 of the team’s 17 fourth quarter points in the 58-55 nonconference victory over the Cedar Springs Redhawks at home.

“We drew up a play and they ran it to a tee,” Belding coach Jeff Wierzbicki said of the final shot. “Kole Hart had a fantastic game stepping out and shooting his jump shot. He has really developed it from the first game to now and he has proved he has an all-around game.”

Belding (3-3) outscored the Redhawks in the final quarter 17-9 to pull out the win. Zuver scored the first five points of the quarter to tie the game 46-46 and then delivered the final pass for Hart’s game-winner.

“The way the game developed I knew it needed to be in Brendan’s or Kole’s hands,” Wierzbicki said. “Kole came off a screen and was open to get the shot off. It felt like the ball was in the air for five seconds.”

Hart finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

“We knew going in (Brad) Brechting was going to give us problems down low,” Wierzbicki said. “I told Kole he (Brechting) would struggle out on the perimeter and that’s exactly what happened.”

Kole Hart drives in for two of his team-high 24 points on Friday night against Cedar Springs.

Zuver finished with 13 points.

“Zuver is such a good finisher around the rim and we try to get him in the lane,” Wierzbicki said. “He stepped up and made shots. Once again, a leader will be a leader, and he did that.”

“They were hitting some of those daggers all night,” Cedar Springs coach Jeff Patin said. “We didn’t do some things that could have helped put the game away. When you let people hang around things happen. They hit a big shot.”

Cameron Link (25 points) and Brechting (22 points) combined to score 41 of 46 Redhawks points through three quarters. Link, however, did not score in the final quarter.

“His game is going to the basket,” Patin said of Link. “And we pulled it out a little bit. His game is going to the basket. It was kind of a gamble and it backfired.”

Belding trailed 55-53 with 1:15 remaining. Bryce Wilker — playing with four fouls — hit a game-tying shot with 55 seconds left and finished with solid defense.

“We went back-and-forth from a zone to a man defense for a couple of possessions,” Wierzbicki said. “We put Bryce Wilker in. He played defense with his feet and he hit a big shot at the end.”

Garrett Strotheide added 11 points for Belding, while Brendan Sutherland finished with six points.

“This is a great win for the program and Belding,” Wierzbicki said. “It evens our record going into a lot of conference games. It was our first win at home and we have proved we can win at home and on the road. We just have to continue it the final two months of the year.”

Cedar Springs fell to 1-4 with the loss. The Redhawks face Tri County today.

Belding will travel to Grand Rapids to face Creston on Tuesday.

BELDING 58, CEDAR SPRINGS 55

Cedar Springs    15    12    19    9    —    55
Belding    12    13    16    17    —    58

CEDAR SPRINGS (1-4) — Myers 0 2-2 2, Bekins 1 0-0 2, Link 10 5-6 25, Hilyer 0 1-2 1, Hill 1 1-2 3, Brechting 10 2-5 22. Totals: 22 11-17 55. Three-point goals: None. Total fouls: 13. Fouled out: None.
BELDING (3-3) — Daller 1 0-0 2, Zuver 5 1-4 13, Sutherland 3 0-0 6, Strotheide 4 0-0 11, Hart 8 5-6 24, Wilker 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 6-10 58. Three-point goals: Hart 3, Strotheide 3, Zuver 2, Sutherland 2. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: None.

 

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