BROOKVILLE — Leading by seven points with 13 seconds left in the third quarter, the Brookville Raiders basketball team appeared poised to get a season split with Punxsutawney, but one big dry spell doomed that possibility.
The Raiders scored four points the rest of the game and fell in overtime, 52-47, to the Chucks Wednesday on Senior Night. Brookville takes a 10-11 record into Friday’s regular-season finale at home against DuBois.
Failing to close things out, the Raiders were 2-for-17 from the field with eight turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime. That allowed the Chucks to slowly climb back into game and win it in extra time, outscoring the Raiders 8-2 in the four-minute extra frame.
“We kind of hand them on the ropes and we went into a spell there where we missed several bunnies in a row,” Raiders head coach Kevin Wolfe said. “If we make one, two or three of those it’s the ball game. But we didn’t and kept playing. We got into overtime and I think we got gassed there.”
Bryan Dworek led the Raiders with 14 points and eight rebounds. Colton Singleton scored nine points while Jimmy Moore added seven points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Park had four points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
The Chucks, who beat the Raiders 60-49 at home on Jan. 25, improved to 14-7. Brandon Matthews turned in a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Jacob Weaver finished with 11 points.
Punxsutawney led 27-20 late in the first half before the Raiders got to within 29-28 by halftime. The third quarter was back-and-forth until the Raiders closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to grab a 43-36 lead.
Brookville didn’t score again until Singleton’s putback put the Raiders up seven again at 45-38 with 4:31 left. They didn’t score again until Moore’s basket cut Punxsutawney’s lead to 50-47 with 37.1 seconds remaining in overtime. The Chucks scored the rest of the points on three trips to the foul line in the final moments to set the final score.
The Raiders had a golden opportunity at the end of regulation to win the game. Dworek came up with a steal near mid-court with six seconds left and passed to Singleton, who missed a contested layup. In the scramble in the final seconds, the Raiders thought Dworek was fouled, but didn’t get the call.
“I thought there was contact initially (on Colton) going up for the shot off the steal,” Wolfe said. “They were letting them play pretty good tonight and we didn’t get that call. And there at the end (after Singleton miss), I thought we were going to get a call and didn’t.”
For the Chucks, they get out of town with a hard-earned win.
“That’s just a gutsy effort and senior leadership finally stepping forward tonight and I think the youth of Brookville showed a couple times,” Chucks head coach Dirk Neal said. “It was a nice time to win one like that and hopefully gives you some momentum for when you do start getting good and bad runs against Bradford Friday and St. Marys (in the playoffs) and hopefully we remember that.”
NOTES: The Raiders honored their four seniors Ben Reitz, Moore, Singleton and Seth Ray prior to the game. … The Chucks clinched second place in the District 9 League, improving to 6-3. The Raiders fell to 2-7. … The Raiders turned it over 18 times to the Chucks’ eight. … Punxsutawney was 10-for-23 from the foul line. The Raiders were 3-for-4.