BROCKWAY — The Brockway boys basketball team avenged a previous loss to DuBois Central Catholic this season with a 62-48 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday evening at Brockway High School.
The Rovers were defeated by DCC, 53-42, back on Jan. 3 on a night when Central put up 19 first quarter points for a quick start.
The tables were turned on the Cardinals on Wednesday as the Rovers put up 20 points in the opening period, including the first eight in just over two minutes of play.
“We made a lot more shots,” said Brockway coach Rick Clark. “The first time, we didn’t shoot the ball real well. We missed like 50-some shots. You’re not going to win many games when you miss that many opportunities. We made shots tonight. We got the tempo where we wanted it.
“I thought our defense early was good. We created some turnovers, created some easy opportunities for us.”
Despite Brockway putting up 20 first quarter points, the scoring was spread to just three players in Carter Adams, Noah Vokes and Anthony Esposito.
Adams scored 10 in the opening period on his way to a 24-point performance on the night.
A Vokes three completed an 8-0 run for the Rovers in the first, putting the score at 16-8.
Brockway led 20-13 after one quarter.
The Rovers led by as much as 12 points in the first half, but DCC got it down to six by halftime, thanks to a pair of Jonathan Kurtz free throws to end the first half.
DCC’s Justin Miknis, who had 21 points on the night, had 17 of them in the first half.
Brockway started the second half on a 15-5 run in under three minutes, with Jon Wood and Esposito each hitting threes in the run. Adams hit a pair of layups off turnovers to complete the run.
The Rovers led 54-34 after three quarters.
Central did start the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run, but never got the deficit under 12 points.
“I thought we got a little helter-skelter towards the end, but overall our defense was solid,” said Clark. “We got great looks and we knocked down shots. That’s kind of been our recipe for success.”
Vokes had 12, while Zane Puhala had 10 for Brockway.
Thomas Grecco put in 10 for DCC, while Kurtz had eight.
Both teams are back in action on Friday evening. Brockway hosts Curwensville, while DCC is back on the road as they travel to Ridgway.