DuBOIS — The Brookville boys basketball team used a strong third-quarter push Monday to pull away from host DuBois Central Catholic, 81-56, at the Varischetti Sports Complex.
The two teams traded runs to start the game, with Brookville jumping out to an 8-2 lead only to watch DCC rip off a 15-0 run to take the largest lead of the night by either team (nine points) at 17-8.
The Raiders fought back to trail by a point, 17-16, after one quarter before taking a 36-34 advantage into halftime. Brookville then broke the game wide open in the third quarter, outscoring the Cardinals 24-6 to push its lead to 20 points (60-40) entering the fourth.
Brookville carried that momentum into final quarter and put up another 21 points as it outscored DCC 45-22 in the second half to come away with a lopsided 25-point victory. The win put the Raiders over the .500 mark at 9-8 on the season.
Brookville had a balanced offensive attack in the victory. All 10 Raiders who hit the floor scored, with seven of those players scoring seven or more points.
Colton Singleton scored a game-high 17 points to lead the way, while Jimmy Moore came off the bench to score all 13 of his points in the second quarter. Aaron ppark finished with nine points, while Bryan Dworek, Seth Ray and Trenton Gilhousen all added eight.
“The first half we turned the ball over a little too much, obviously, and defensively, I didn’t think our intensity was there and our help defense was non-existent,” said Brookville coach Kevin Wolfe. “They were getting some nice penetration on us and getting to the basket, and that was allowing some good rebounding position for them too.
“Second half, we came better and took care of the basketball a lot better, and I think our intensity picked up. We got off to a really good start there in the third, and I think that brought out everything and the defense picked up then too.
“And, we got some of the young guys minutes, which is nice to see, and for the most part they all played pretty well and scored.”
Central Catholic’s Thomas Grecco opened the scoring on a putback just 27 seconds into the game, but Brookville countered with eight straight points to go up 8-2 a the 6:14 mark. Gilhousen completed a three-point play to start the spurt, while Park knocked down a 3-pointer.
Brookville quickly saw that lead evaporate, as the Cardinals (3-14) used its pressure defense to create a couple turnovers as part of a 15-0 run. Austen Cogley and Justin Miknis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to jump-start the run. Cogley scored 10 of the 15 points, giving the Cardinals a 17-8 advantage with 2:44 left in the quarter.
The game of runs then continued, with the Raiders closing the quarter on an 8-0 spurt — the last six by Singleton — to pull within a point at 17-16 after one quarter.
Miknis scored a team-high 14 points, while Cogley and Grecco added 12 and 11, respectively. Noah Pettenati also reached double figures for DCC with 11.
Brookville regained the lead (19-17) in the second on a 3-pointer by Moore. Grecco then scored for DCC, before five straight points from Seth Ray put the Raiders up 24-19.
Central Catholic fought back to tie the score four different times by halftime, but the Cardinals never could edge out front again. Moore played a key part in that, as the Raider hit three treys in the quarter on his way to scoring all 13 of his points.
Park scored on a breakaway inbounds pass with 17 seconds left in the quarter to send the teams into the locker rooms with the Raiders leading 36-34.
Dworek got Brookville off and running in the third with a 3-pointer and layup off an turnover to make it 41-34. Miknis followed with a pair of free throws, but the Cardinals scored just four points the rest of the third as the Raiders closed the quarter on a 19-4 run to take its commanding 20-point lead (60-40).
Dworek and Singleton each had eight points in the third for the Raiders. Miknis picked up his fourth foul with 1:50 left in the third and eventually fouled out with 5:01 to play.
The teams traded scores for most of the fourth quarter until the Raiders put together an 11-4 spurt in the final 3:29 of the game to set the final. Gilhousen had six points in that closing run, while teammate Alex Lachnicht had all five of his points.
Pettenati recorded seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
“Once it got to 12, 15 points in the third quarter we had to extend a little bit more, which plays into their hands because they have some really good athletes on their team,” said DCC coach Dom Varacallo. “You have to give them credit, they have a lot of talent on that team. They scored 81 points. Part of that was us, but part of that is them hitting shots.
“I saw the improvement, not only in our guys but also Brookville from when we played in the (DuBois) holiday tournament. Both of us have gotten better, Brookville just had a little more in the tank and really took it to us in the second half. And, once it got away from us, it was tough to get it back because they are so athletic.”
Brookville is back in action tonight at Elk County Catholic, while DCC hosts Johnsonburg on Wednesday.