Bellwood-Antis duo still got it

By John Hartsock


Kevin Conlon will be the new Bellwood-Antis High School boys basketball coach next winter.

He’ll succeed Brent Gerwert, who resigned after last season.

Both Conlon and Gerwert were outstanding players during their high school days at Bellwood, and both showed that they still have something left in the tank Tuesday night in leading second-seeded City Beverage to a 53-34 victory over fifth-seeded The Underground in the Mansion Park Men’s Summer Basketball League’s Division 2 championship game.

Conlon scored a game-high 17 points, including 12 in the first half, when he led City Beverage to a 31-15 advantage at intermission.

Gerwert added 13 points, including nine on three 3-pointers in City Beverage’s big first half.

“We moved the ball on offense,” Conlon said. “We were able to build a lead by getting open shots.”

Conlon had five field goals in the first half to help City Beverage to an early 24-11 lead. Gerwert’s third 3-pointer helped build the spread to 31-13 and the rout was on for City Beverage.

Keith Dinkins had seven of his team-high nine points in the second half for The Underground, which knocked off top-seeded and previously unbeaten The Thirsty Dawg Tavern earlier in the tournament.

Brian Forney’s inside bucket brought The Underground to within 12 points, 39-27 midway through the second half, before City Beverage pulled away again later in the half.

“Their perimeter shooting was very good,” Forney said of the City Beverage team. “They were hitting the big open shots at the right time.”

Tyler Port and Ryan McGarvey both had solid games for City Beverage with eight points apiece. Tony Acrie scored eight and Aaron Hansard seven for The Underground.

The City Beverage players have a lot of experience playing basketball together, and it showed Tuesday. According to Conlon, Tuesday’s championship may mark a farewell to the Mansion Park Summer Basketball League for some of the players.

“It’s fun for us,” Conlon said of the championship victory. “We have been playing together for a long time, and I think a lot of the guys might be done playing here after tonight. (Winning the championship) with a bunch of guys who have been playing together for a long time makes it that much more special.”

CITY BEVERAGE (53): Conlon 17, Gerwert 13, Port 8, McGarvey 8, Pfeffer 5, Allison 2, Kessinger 0.

THE UNDERGROUND (34): Dinkins 9, Acrie 8, Hansard 7, Triplin 4, Forney 2, Franklin 2, Wheeler 2.

Halftime: City Beverage, 31-15.

Three-point field goals: City Beverage 5 (Gerwert 3, Conlon 2); The Underground 2 (Hansard, Dinkins).

Officials: David Day, Curtis Miller, Randy Burket.


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