Tigers drop pair of GVC contests

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Hosting Steelville last Tuesday and traveling to Cuba Friday night, Tim Evans’ Belle Tigers looked to add to their GVC win total after a victory in their opener at Viburnum opening the month of February.

Leading 53-39 at halftime Friday night in Cuba, Belle saw the Wildcats explode for 52 second-half points before falling to Cuba in Crawford County, 91-84.

After helping the Belle’s JV Tigers to a 53-44 victory over Cuba with 24 points, Lane Feeler led Belle’s varsity squad with a team-high 22 points.

Levi Fortner added 15 points for the Tigers while the duo of Brett Butler and Colten Robinson each scored 13 points making it four Belle players in double figures.

Eddy Paz added seven points to go along with six each from Brett Stewart and Jat Ridenhour rounding out the Tiger scoring in Cuba.

Jonathan Bayless torched the nets for a game-high 33 points leading the Wildcats to the win.

Al Palmer and Simon Siebert also both reached double figures scoring 22 points apiece.

In the JV game at Cuba, Belle raced out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead before going on to a 29-9 advantage at halftime.

In spite of being outscored 35-24 in the second half, Belle’s JV Tigers held for the win in Wildcat land.

Following Feeler’s 24 points in double figures was Brandon Ostertag with 13 markers.

Jace Gieck, Jorge Uribes and Kolten Roberds each put in four points while Gentry Dunn added a third-quarter free throw for one point to round out Belle’s scoring in the JV contest against Cuba.

Last Tuesday at home against Steelville, the injured Mason Butler was able to coach alongside Belle JV Tiger head coach Jacob Walton during their 59-43 loss to the visiting JV Cardinals.

Dunn (18) and Ostertag (11) both reached double figures in junior-varsity action against Steelville.

Falling 86-38 to an offensive-potent Steelville Cardinal squad in varsity action last Tuesday night, Belle was led in a losing cause by Brett Butler with eight points. Quinton Martin scored all seven of his points in the second half.