Beavercreek, Ohio — Fresh off of an upset win the night before against Wayne, Beavercreek looked to defend their home court one final time as it was senior night at Beavercreek. They would be taking on the Alter Knights of the GCL Co-Ed who have only lost two games on the season entering this contest.
Alter guard Jack Smith got the scoring started with a quick three. Then Alter guard Brady Uhl made a turnaround jumper to put the Knights up 7-2 early. Beavercreek big men Adam Duvall and Gabe Phillips both got on the board as Duvall hit a jumper and Phillips made an open layup. Alter big man Conor Stolly made a nice move inside to extend the Alter lead, but Beavercreek guard Siloam Baldwin hit a three to tie the game at 9 apiece. After a Conor Stolly three, Beavercreek senior Yousef Saleh went to work. Saleh made two and-ones and heavily contested layup with some contact to put the Beavers up 16-12. Alter guard Jacob Conner hit a three and Siloam Baldwin hit a floater right before the buzzer to put ‘Creek up 18-15 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Braden Grant drilled a three to start the second quarter and Jacob Conner responded with a three of his own to keep a one-point game. Adam Duvall casually pulled for three in transition and drilled it to give Beavercreek a 28-20 lead. Duvall then hit a heavily contested jumper in the face of the defender while fading away. Duvall then nailed a three in the corner to give ‘Creek a 12 point lead. Braden Grant tipped in his own missed free throw at the buzzer to give Beavercreek a 36-25 halftime lead.
Gabe Phillips continued to own the offensive boards in the third quarter as he got a pair of putback layups but a Conor Stolly layup cut Beavercreek’s lead back to just single digits. Phillips got another putback and then Alter guard Jack Smith added on his second layup of the second half. Conor Stolly got a major block, Rich Kolb made an open layup and Brady Uhl nailed a three and suddenly it was just a four-point game. Gabe Phillips got yet another putback layup to make it a 46-39 lead heading into the final quarter of basketball for these Beavercreek seniors at home.
Adam Duvall began the fourth with an offensive rebound and a putback layup and then Alter started to come back. Rich Kolb hit a three, Jack Smith made a transition layup and then Brady Uhl hit a huge three to bring the Knight back within one point. After some free throws, Beavercreek led 52-47 and then Rich Kolb hit another three off of a screen to bring Alter within two. Down 55-50, Jacob Conner drove down the lane and made a layup plus the foul to make it a 55-52 game. Conner would go on to miss the free throw which would’ve kept it at a one-point game regardless if Beavercreek makes both of their free throws. With under 30 seconds left, Alter had to foul and they sent Yousef Saleh to the line with a chance to put the game away. Saleh made the first free throw to make it a two-possession game but missed the back end of the two shots so Alter trailed 56-52 with limited time remaining. Jack Smith air-balled a three but Saleh tipped it out of bounds so the Knights kept possession. Conor Stolly bricked a layup off of the inbounds pass and Duvall was fouled. After some foul shots and a three at the buzzer from Stolly, #4 Beavercreek walked away with the 58-55 upset over #2 Alter.
Adam Duvall led the way with 18 points, Gabe Phillips had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Yousef Saleh had 10 points. Conor Stolly led Alter with 14 points, Jack Smith had 12 points and Brady Uhl and Rich Kolb each had 10 points.
Alter has only one game next week and thats a home matchup against GCL Co-Ed foe Purcell Marian. Beavercreek looks to continue their hot streak agaisnt Northmont next week as well.