SHEFFIELD TWP. — On paper, the Brookside-BlackRiver boys basketball game had all the makings of a blowout win for the host Cardinals.
But a fast start for the Pirates and a defensive slugfest kept things interesting in a 51-41 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win for Brookside.
The Cardinals (11-7, 8-4) knew right away they would have their hands full with the Pirates (2-14, 1-10), who came out executing well and full of fire. Behind Tyler Potter (game-high 18 points), Black River jumped on Brookside and led 13-7 after the first quarter.
“Our effort and intensity out of the gate got us off to a good start,” Black River interim coach Josh Calame said. “We’ve had stretches where we’ve looked like that and played hard and intensely and shut other teams down. We’ve been trying to get back to that and that’s where it started tonight.”
Potter had seven first-quarter points and helped the Pirates stymie the Cardinals offense.
“We knew they were going to come out and play hard,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “We didn’t establish ourselves and didn’t play with energy and allowed them to do what they wanted to do.”
The depth of the Cardinals and the lack of experience for Black River slowly started swinging momentum back to the team in red and black.
“We’re still a young and inexperienced team,” Calame said. “We have trouble handling situations sometimes. The times that the kids have played in these types of games is limited. Geting them to understand how to handle these situations is a bit of a challenge at times.”
Cameron Drew and Kelvin Jones got things rolling back the Cardinals’ way.
“Coach told us at halftime that we needed to pick our game up,” Drew said. “He told us that Black River was going to keep coming at us. In the second half we got to play the tempo that we wanted to play and the game we wanted to play.”
The duo combined for 27 points and pushed their team back into the contest and eventually allowed them to start pulling away.
A basket by Kenny Pierson — his only make of the game — gave Brookside the lead at 19-18 just before the half and its first since leading 5-3.
Jones led the Cardinals with 14 points and six rebounds, while Drew scored 13 and knocked down two big trifectas in a decisive third quarter.
The first trey from Drew kicked off a 9-1 run to end the third and expanded a two-point Brookside lead to 35-25.
From there the Cardinals held the Pirates at bay from the free throw line. Brookside hit 21-of-27 for the game and its final eight points came via the charity stripe.
“In a tight game like that you have to knock down your free throws,” Drew said. “The free throws came in handy tonight and helped us get the win.”
|Brookside got 12 points from Max Wilson and 10 from Travis Fortney to earn a 47-23 win in the junior varsity game. Black River’s Matthew Potter led all scorers with 13.|
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Brookside 51, Black River 41
BLACK RIVER 13 5 7 16 — 41
BROOKSIDE 7 12 16 16 — 51
Black River — Logan Goff 1-2-5, Curtis Roupe 0-3-3, Tyler Potter 7-3-18, Alex McIntyre 2-0-4, Allan Benson 3-4-11, Dylan Lewis 0-0-0, Glen Crabtree 0-0-0, David Jeske 0-0-0, Derek Hawley 0-0-0, Brad Spencer 0-0-0. TOTALS: 13-12-41.
Brookside — Tyree Jones 1-0-2, Mitto Agosto 3-3-9, Kelvin Jones 3-8-14, Cameron Drew 4-3-13, David Rangel 0-1-1, Christian Gray 1-2-4, Kenny Pierson 1-0-2, Dudley Taw 1-4-6. TOTALS: 14-21-51.
3-point goals — Benson, Goff, Potter, Drew 2. Rebounds — Black River 20 (Benson 5), Brookside 15 (Jones 6). Assists — Black River 8 (Benson, Goff 2), Brookside 5 (Taw 2). Records — Brookside (11-7, 8-4), Black River (2-14, 1-10). Junior varsity — Brookside 47, Black River 23.