Belle’s JV Tigers open 2022 with road win at Richland

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 1/19/22

Back in action for the first time in nearly a month, Belle Tiger basketball teams coached by Roger Siwak and Jacob Walton looked to open 2022 with a pair of road wins in Pulaski County against …

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Belle’s JV Tigers open 2022 with road win at Richland

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Back in action for the first time in nearly a month, Belle Tiger basketball teams coached by Roger Siwak and Jacob Walton looked to open 2022 with a pair of road wins in Pulaski County against Richland.

First up in the junior-varsity contest, Walton’s Belle JV Tigers turned a 28-20 halftime lead into a 48-31 advantage after three quarters before going on to defeat the host JV Bears 58-47.

Unconscious from 3-point land, Myles Butler hit seven of them for Belle giving him a game-high 21 points.

Lukas Smith joined Butler in double figures scoring eight of his 10 points in the second half.

Baylar Smith nearly made it a trio of JV Tigers in double digits scoring seven of his nine points in the first half.

Looking for the doubleheader sweep on the road, Siwak’s Belle varsity Tigers could not overcome a 26-7 first-quarter deficit before falling 93-35 to Richland.

Trailing 51-20 at halftime, Belle was led by Justin Lingo with eight first-half points.

Limited to 15 second-half points, Belle was led by Brayden Cadwallader and Justin Lingo with five points each.

For the game, Justin Lingo led the Tigers with a team-high 13 points followed by seven points each from Cole Loughridge and Cadwallader.

Thomas Lingo scored all five of his points in the second quarter while senior Keith Rose rounded out the Belle scoring against Richland with a first-quarter bucket for two points.

Belle will open play in their home tournament tonight (Wednesday) against the top-seeded Laquey Hornets at 5 p.m., at Belle High School.

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