SHEFFIELD —Brendan Scott became his old self in Friday night’s final quarter.
Nick Wilson became something else in the final minute.
Scott, hampered by foot problems that caused him to miss the first two weeks of practice, scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Buckeye defeat Brookside, 57-55, in a Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division game.
“That was what we need,” Buckeye coach Matt Saunders said. “We have some good role players around Brendan, but we need that go-to guy and he has got to be that player.
Scott scored 12 straight points over a four-minute stretch in the middle of the fourth quarter. He hit all four of his free throws and took in three rebounds, including an offensive re-bound he turned into a basket.
“He wanted the ball,” Saunders added. “He de-manded that ball. He was aggressive to the boards. That was the Brendan we saw last year.”
“It’s a recurring thing,” Scott said about his foot injury. “I have to find a balance between what’s too much and what is OK.”
But it was senior Nick Wilson who was the hero for Buckeye (1-2, 1-0 PAC) in the end. In the final minute, Wilson had two rebounds, including a basket off an offensive rebound, and a punch to the ball off a missed free throw that wound up in teammate Matt Millward’s hands. Wilson also took a charge with 27.2 seconds to play and the Bucks clinging to a 56-55 lead.
“Nick got frustrated midway through the third quarter,” Saunders said. “He didn’t like a foul call against him. I said, ‘Come on, Nick. We’re going to need you down the stretch.’ He’s a high-energy guy, and we need that out of him.”
“Nick came up big in the clutch,” Scott said. “He scored the winning basket. He took that big charge. He got the rebound on the last shot. If Nick didn’t do what he did we wouldn’t have won.”
Wilson’s basket, with 33 seconds to go, gave the Bucks a 56-55 lead. It was Buckeye’s first field goal since 4:16 to play and the Bucks’ first points since two free throws by Scott with 2:55 remaining.
Hunter Skolnicki gave Brookside (2-2, 0-1) a 55-54 lead with a jump shot with 1:55 to go. The Cardinals had a chance to pad the lead when Mike Harrison, who scored nine points in the last quarter, missed a shot in close and Scott grabbed the rebound.
“Harrison had a great look,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “You can’t fault him for that shot. In a game like this, the outcome doesn’t come down to any one shot.”
Ben Checkelsky was fouled on the inbounds pass after the charging call. He made one of two free throws to make the score 57-55. Following Wilson’s hit on the ball to keep possession with Buckeye, Millward was fouled. A chance to increase the Bucks’ lead at the foul line was unsuccessful and the Cardinals had an oppor-tunity to tie it.
Brookside inbounded af-ter a timeout with seven seconds to go. A final shot with just under two seconds left was rebounded by Wil-son, sealing the Bucks’ first victory of the season.
Wilson and Scott led Buckeye in rebounding with eight and six, respectively. Checkelsky dished out five assists.
Contact Steve Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.Buckeye 57, Brookside 55
BUCKEYE 13 18 6 18 — 57
BROOKSIDE 16 13 10 16 — 55
Buckeye: Carlton Watkins 3-1-7, Nick Wilson 3-0-6, Tyler Nichols 3-0-6, Ben Checkelsky 3-2-8, Brendan Scott 5-7-17, Ryan Ackim 1-0-2, Bill Doerge 0-0-0, Rob Hagmeier 2-0-6, Matt Millward 2-0-5. Totals 22-10-57.
Brookside: Hunter Skolnicki 6-1-16, Luke Ackerman 2-1-5, Mike Harrison 7-2-16, Matt Gorta 4-0-8, Kyle Stump 3-0-6, Art Howell 0-0-0, Justin Lopez 2-0-4, Keyonte Francis 0-0-0. Totals 24-4-55.
3-point goals: Hagmeir 2, Millwood, Skolnicki 3. Rebounds: Buckeye 28 (Wilson 8), Brookside 26 (Stump 9). Records: Buckeye (1-2, 1-0), Brookside (2-2, 0-1) Junior varsity: Buckeye 74, Brookside 40.