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Boys basketball: Bethlehem surges past Columbia

Bethlehem's John Sica drives between two Columbia defenders for a basket during a Feb. 12 Suburban Council South Division game.

Bethlehem's John Sica drives between two Columbia defenders for a basket during a Feb. 12 Suburban Council South Division game. Ben Fishbein

— A solid all-around performance from the Bethlehem Boys basketball team helped it defeat Columbia 68-53 in Tuesday's Suburban Council South Division game.

“It’s our senior night, so of course our guys played a little different with all the energy in the gym, but overall I am very pleased with how we performed. A solid contribution by everyone,” said Bethlehem Coach A. G. Irons.

The Eagles (14-2 League, 16-2 Overall) pulled ahead to a 34-29 halftime lead. Then, they fended off several surges in the third quarter to stay ahead of the Blue Devils. An aggressive performance by Nate Kane helped push the Eagles in the final few minutes to a 15-point win.

Kane had 16 points for the Eagles. Matt McKenna and John Sica each contributed 13 points, while Connor Morelli scored 11 points. Myles Bergere also helped Bethlehem with 12 points and 16 rebounds, which gave the Eagles five players in double figures.

“Myles played a great game defensively. He played like a beast tonight,” said Irons.

Conrad Zampier led Columbia with 17 points.

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