JOHNSTOWN - Early in the third quarter of Wednesday night's District 6 Class AAA high school boys basketball semifinal against Somerset, it looked like Bedford had a chance to pull off the upset.
The Bisons opened the game with a 6-0 run. However, Somerset responded with a 9-0 run to regain the lead and never looked back, outscoring Bedford, 16-4, in the final frame to end Bedford's season with a 61-44 victory.
"That run they had hurt us," Bedford coach Mark Anderson said. "We couldn't score. I don't think we scored that entire run. I thought we had them in the third quarter being tied like that. The momentum was going our way."
Somerset entered the second half with a 30-26 lead. The Eagles pushed it to 34-28 with 6:48 left in the quarter before Bedford made its run to tie the game. Zack Kendall started it with a bucket.
The Golden Eagles got a free throw and two baskets in the paint to retake the lead at 41-36, forcing Anderson to take a timeout to settle his team down. However, Brent Barron scored twice to push the lead up to nine points.
Kendall stopped the run with a layup to end Bedford's scoring drought. Dan Arnold scored on a putback just before the third-quarter buzzer to cut the lead to 45-40 with eight minutes to play. Any thoughts of a fourth-quarter comeback for Bedford quickly evaporated when Somerset opened the quarter on a 12-0 run. That sealed Bedford's fate.
"We struggle on offense," Anderson said. "We don't put up many points, and it showed out here. We missed a lot of buckets."
Barron led Somerset with 18 points, while Devin Houpt added 10 points. Kendall finished with 11 while teammate Tyler Black led the Bisons with 14 points.
"It was nice focus by our guys," Somerset coach Scott Close said. "I thought our guys stayed focused the whole way through. They didn't panic early on when they got out to a big run. I thought we did a nice job keeping focus and doing what we had to to advance to the next round."
Bedford finished the year 4-19 while Somerset, which takes on Johnstown Saturday in the finals at St.?Francis, improved to 15-8.
"I think that we proved that we belonged here," Anderson said. "I think a lot of people thought we were a joke with four wins coming in. I knew what the kids had. I knew they had a lot of heart. We wanted to come out and prove a point to people and say hey, we do belong and we wanted to send the seniors off on a good note, because they deserved it with the work they put in."
BEDFORD (44): Black 6 2-2 14, Campbell 3 0-0 6, Z. Kendall 5 1-2 11, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, A. Kendall 4 0-0 8, Arnold 1 3-4 5, Bingham 0 0-0 0, Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Wirick 0 0-0 0, Karns 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 6-8 44.
SOMERSET (61): Barnes 1 4-5 6, Helsley 2 0-1 4, Close 1 4-6 6, Flyte 3 3-3 9, Barron 8 1-3 18, VanLenten 3 0-1 6, Heiple 0 2-3 2, Houpt 4 2-2 10, Boyer 0 0-0 0, Lease 0 0-0 0, Dick 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 16-24 61.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bedford16 10 14 4 - 44
Somerset8 22 15 16 - 61
3-point field goals: Somerset 1 (Barron).
Records: Bedford (4-19); Somerset (15-8).