BROOKVILLE — Leading nearly the entire game, the Brookville Raiders basketball team limited visiting Punxsutawney to a poor shooting night while navigating through foul trouble in a 49-36 District 9 League win Wednesday night.
The Raiders (9-3 overall, 2-2 D9 League), playing for the first time in eight days, won their sixth straight game while the Chucks (5-8, 0-4) 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 28-15 at halftime, saw the Chucks rally back to within seven points 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.
Dworek led the Raiders with 16 points.
“He was attacking the basket and making good decisions,” Park said of Dworek. “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 seven rebounds. Both sat out some time in foul trouble.
Brandon 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.
“We just shot ourselves in the foot. It’s been game after game,” Chucks head coach Dirk Neal said. “We have no offensive confidence. We have one person scoring and that’s five games in a row without a second player in double figures. ... We’re just not playing with confidence. No one wants to step up. We’re just not a very good basketball team right now. That sums it up.”
Both teams play at home Friday. The Raiders host St. Marys while the Chucks host DuBois.