Huntingdon went to Bald Eagle Area Thursday and was able to find a way to win a close game. The Bearcats received big play from the bench and made free throws down the stretch to win 60-56.

The ‘Cats were on a three-game losing streak and needed to get back in the win column.

“This was a good one to get us back on track. We needed a good win to get us refocused,” said Huntingdon head coach Jordan Fortson.

Alec Cooper scored a game-high 20 points for the Bearcats. Jake Rigby notched 12. Off the bench it was Eli Ehresman with 11 points.

The teams played a tied first quarter, 10-10. At the break Huntingdon trailed 26-25. Ehresman sank three treys in the second period and Cooper had nine points at the break.

In the second half Jakobie Norris hit from three-point range in each period. Huntingdon led 39-38 heading to the fourth.

It was a back and forth fight over the last two frames. Cooper made a pair of free throws to take a four-point lead with eight seconds left. Bald Eagle then turned the ball and time expired.

“We need to continue to give 100 percent effort all the time, battle for rebounds, and have some other players step up and hit some shots for us,” Fortson said of what the team needs to do the rest of the way.

Cam Watkins scored 13 points for the Eagles and Blaze Angellotti added 10.

Huntingdon visits Penns Valley Wednesday.

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