DuBOIS — The Brookville boys basketball team used a 12-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters Tuesday night to help put away a pesky DuBois squad in a 57-44 victory.
That key run was one of many for both sides in a see-saw affair in which Brookville held double-digit leads in both halves. DuBois rallied from that first deficit (11 points in second quarter) to take a five-point lead (37-32) with just over a minute left in the third.
However, that’s when the Raiders put together their vital 12-0 run. Brookville (8-3) scored the last six points of the third and first six points of the fourth to turn its five-point deficit into a seven-point advantage at 44-37.
Brookville held DuBois scoreless for 5:43 during that run before a basket by Beavers senior Kenny Garvey made it 44-39 with 3:26 to play. Garvey led DuBois with 14 points.
DuBois (6-5) got no closer, though, as Brookville hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away in the 13-point victory. The Raiders, who were 11 of 19 at the foul line in the game, went 10 of 12 went it mattered most in the final eight minutes.
Aaron Park led the Brookville charge, scoring 12 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth. He went 7 of 8 at the stripe in the final quarter.
Bryan Dworek (15) and Trenton Gilhousen (11) also reached double figures for the Raiders. Both did most of their damage in the first half, as each netted 11 points before the break.
“We were worried and really needed that run (in second half),” said Brookville coach Dalton Park. “We were down five and things kind of fell apart for us there (in 3rd quarter). I was getting pretty worried and we had that spell where we had a couple breakaways and tipped balls and got some scores.
“We played a little more aggressive there late in the third and in the fourth, and that was the difference/ We’ve been off and missed a bunch of games and we played kind of sluggish. We have some things to work on, but unfortunately, we’re off until next Wednesday again.”
Brookville jumped out to a 7-2 first quarter lead behind four points by Park, but DuBois battled back even at 9-9 on a 3-pointer by Jonathan Cruz. Dworek and Gilhousen each scored in the final minute to put the Raiders up 13-9 after one quarter.
DuBois’ Shadi Hassan opened the second with a score inside, but the Raiders promptly went on an 11-2 spurt to take an 11-point lead at 24-13. Gilhousen dropped in six points during that stretch.
The Beavers countered with a 7-0 run and got back within four (24-20) on a trey by Justin Manduley, who finished with 11 points. The quarter of runs wasn’t over yet though, as Dworek scored five straight before back-to-back hoops by Garvey sent the teams to the break with Brookville up 29-24.
DuBois carried that late momentum into the third, where it opened the quarter on a 13-3 spurt to grab a five-point lead with 1:09 left in the period. Chase Husted scored four points during that surge, while Alex Beers hit a key 3-pointer after faking out a defender.
But, DuBois’ lead was short-lived as two baskets by Dworek and another by Park, including one each off steals, regained the lead for the Raiders at 38-37 entering the fourth.
Neither side score in the first two minutes in the final quarter, but a 3-pointer by Park at the 5:44 mark seemed to spark the Raiders. It was all Brookville from there, as it outscored the Beavers, 19-7 to end the game.
“It was a game of runs really,” said DuBois coach Scott Creighton. “They went on a run early and we came back but they were still up at the half. We took the lead by five in the third, and then they went on that 12-0 run. We battled back a little but just couldn’t break that four-, five-point barrier.
“You have to credit Brookville for their defense, but at the same time I felt we could have taken care of the ball quite a bit better. And, that would have made a difference tonight I think.”
DuBois is back in action tonight at home against Bradford, while Brookville is off until next Wednesday (Jan. 24) when its hosts Punxsutawney.