Redeemer boys stun Belleview, 63-57


Redeemer Christian School’s Tuna Hill (21) drives to the hoop as he is defended by Belleview’s Cedric Durden (5) during a basketball game at Belleview High School in Belleview, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

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Posted January 25, 2022 | By Joel Bronson

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Redeemer Christian School’s Tuna Hill (21) drives to the hoop as he is defended by Belleview’s Cedric Durden (5) during a basketball game at Belleview High School in Belleview, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

The Redeemer Christian boys’ basketball team recorded a statement win at Belleview on Tuesday night, outlasting the Rattlers 63-57.

Belleview came out aggressive in the first quarter, taking a 19-9 lead going into the second.

Redeemer went on a 6-2 run to narrow the lead to six with 5:39 left in the second period.

Junior forward Tuna Hill played a big presence for Redeemer in the paint, snatching five rebounds and blocking four Belleview shots on the night.

Belleview’s Cori Johnson (4) drives to the hoop as Redeemer Christian School’s Davis Lehman (15) defends him during a basketball game at Belleview High School in Belleview, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

Belleview would hold onto their lead going into the half, 31-25.

Redeemer came out hot to start the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run to take the lead 33-31 with just over four minutes left in the period.

Belleview was paced by junior guard Cori Johnson, who scored a game-high 35 points in the loss.

The Rattlers closed to within four points in the fourth but were not able to overcome the timely shooting of the Lions.

Junior forward Grant Phillips came up big late with two clutch three pointers and free throws to seal the victory. Phillips ended the night with 19 points and four assists.

Redeemer head coach David Miller was pleased with the road win after a sluggish opening quarter.

“Our guys showed great resiliency despite a slow start and a first half deficit,” Miller said. “Belleview played hard and defended the entire game. We were able to come up with some big shots when we needed them.”

Belleview head coach Jason Hasson was complimentary of Redeemer after the loss.

Redeemer Christian School’s head coach, David Miller, works with his players on the bench as they play Belleview during a basketball game at Belleview High School in Belleview, Fla. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2022.

“Great credit to Redeemer, they played really well and made crucial plays down the stretch,” Hasson said. “I’m proud of our young guys for their effort tonight, and Cori (Johnson) played his heart out.”

With the loss, Belleview falls to 4-15 on the season. The Rattlers welcome Keystone Heights to the Snake Pit on Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Redeemer moves to 14-5 with the victory. The Lions play a neutral contest against Seacoast Christian Academy on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.