NEW BETHLEHEM — Finishing off a four games in six days stretch, the Brookville Raiders basketball team jumped on host Redbank Valley early and often on its way to a 57-41 win in non-league action Monday night.
The Raiders (11-4) led 18-2 after the first quarter, 32-9 by halftime and had their largest margin at 43-13 at the 2:12 mark of the third quarter before Redbank Valley cut into the deficit with a 23-12 fourth-quarter edge to set the final score.
The Raiders, playing in their third game in four days, wound up 3-1 in their stretch and shook off Saturday’s 46-30 District 9 League loss at Bradford.
“We had two really good games and then the letdown Saturday,” Raiders head coach Dalton Park said. “We needed something to pick us up and get us in the right direction. It was a nice win to get things turned around and moving again.”
Aaron Park scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half for the Raiders, who had nine different players find the scoring column and shoot 54 percent from the floor. A.J. Lachnicht added 11 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter.
Redbank Valley (3-13) had eight turnovers in the first quarter and 13 by halftime before finishing with 24. Nick Smith led the Bulldogs with 17 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter on three 3-pointers. He finished 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point line. Tanner Kerle scored seven points while Ethan Hetrick collected a game-high 11 rebounds.
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 36-22. Bryce Baughman scored 10 points while David Cable and Logan Byerly scored nine and eight points respectively as the Raiders won their 11th straight game and improved to 11-2.
The Raiders have another non-league game on the road Thursday at Clearfield. Two weeks remain after this week. Next week, the Raiders host Johnsonburg Monday, travel to Elk County Catholic Tuesday and host Bradford next Friday.
“I look forward to getting in the gym,” Park added. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to get in and work on a game plan. We’ll get the kids motivated for playing Clearfield.”
In last week’s games:
SATURDAY, Jan. 27
At Bradford in an afternoon makeup game less than 24 hours after a challenging win at home against St. Marys, the Raiders fell flat against the Owls and had their seven-game winning streak snapped.
The Raiders, who fell to 3-3 in the D9 League, led 18-10 at one point in the second quarter, but Bradford went on a lengthy 25-0 run that continued through the entire third quarter that saw Brookville go scoreless.
A 12-6 run by the Raiders in the fourth quarter got it back to with 11 points at 41-30, but that’s as close as it got the rest of the way.
The Raiders shot a season-low 34 percent (11-for-32) from the field. Bryan Dworek scored 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Trenton Gilhousen finished with nine points.
The Raiders won the junior varsity game, 44-39. David Cable and Jack Krug scored 14 and eight points respectively.
FRIDAY, Jan. 26
St. Marys 54
Avenging an 83-57 blowout loss at St. Marys in December, the Raiders returned the favor with a hot shooting night of their own as they poured in 62 percent (26-of-42) from the field.
“I was very nervous, after the beatdown they put on us earlier,” Raiders head coach Dalton Park said. “I got the guys excited. I felt we came off an intense game and had been lacking that. We came off Punxsutawney with that, it got us ready for this game and kids were ready. Everything seemed to be there tonight. I thought we played hard for four quarters and I was proud of their effort. It’s the most satisfied I’ve been with them on executing and doing what they needed to do.”
The Raiders trailed St. Marys 17-12 after the first quarter, but outscored the visiting Dutch 14-2 in the second quarter and led the rest of the game.
Four Raiders found double figures in scoring. Bryan Dworek, killing the Dutch with his transition and fast breaking game, scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting with six assists.
Aaron Park had 15 points and nine rebounds with three steals, Trenton Gilhousen scored 12 points and Jack Krug scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.
As opposed to the Dutch’s win over the Raiders in the first meeting where they were 12-for-27 from the 3-point line and shot 57 percent from the field with seven different players making at least one trey, only five players found the scoring column in the rematch with Nathan Schneider finishing with 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting. He lit the Raiders up for 40 the first time.
“Going through the league a second time is tough,” Dutch head coach Shad Boschert said. “We have to find a way to score without (Schneider). Teams are aware of him and it makes it tough. We have to keep coaching them up and not to defer. We have to have five guys who are a threat.
“We’re struggling on the road. We shoot well at home and as soon as we go on the road, we can’t pull it off. All the credit to Brookville. They were well-prepared and their kids played hard.”
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 44-37. David Cable and Bryce Baughman scored 16 and 10 points respectively to lead the Raiders.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25
At home last week, the Raiders navigated through foul trouble in a D9 League win over the visiting Chucks.
The Raiders, who were playing for the first time in eight days, won their sixth straight game while the Chucks lost for the fifth time in six games. They were hampered with awful shooting at 20 percent, making just 9 of 45 shots. The Raiders, conversely, offset their 20 turnovers by shooting 51 percent (21-of-41) from the floor.
“We were playing aggressive,” Raiders head coach Dalton Park said of his defense. “We just didn’t move our feet at times. Overall, I liked the movement and us playing hard.”
Brookville, which led 16-10 after the first quarter and 28-15 at halftime, saw the Chucks rally back to within seven points on a Brandon Matthews jumper to make it 32-25 with 2:39 left in the third quarter, but a basket from Aaron Park and then two in the final minute from Bryan Dworek put the Raiders up 38-25 going into the final quarter. The Chucks never got closer the rest of the way.
Dworek, who scored eight points in the first quarter, led the Raiders with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with seven rebounds.
“He was attacking the basket and making good decisions,” Park said. “So credit to him for keeping us in the game and everyone else for playing defense and keeping them off the scoreboard. It was a nice hard-fought, hard-played game by us with intensity.”
Aaron Park finished with 11 points and nine rebounds while Trenton Gilhousen had 10 points and eight rebounds. Park sat out with foul trouble and finished with four personals while Gilhousen also worked through foul trouble. Jack Krug fouled out, putting pressure on the Raiders’ playing rotation.
“It wasn’t good that we got in foul trouble, not playing good defense and putting ourselves in good position,” Park said. “A lot were against Matthews. He worked us and he’s tough to defend. We have to defend 1-on-1 better than that.”
Matthews was the lone Chuck in double figures with 16 points. While he was just 3-for-12 from the field, he finished 9-of-12 from the foul line.
Brookville won the JV game, 44-30. Cameron Hooven led the Raiders with 12 points.