BROCKWAY — There were enough seniors on hand for the Brockway Rovers Wednesday that about the only thing missing was a representative from the AARP to take information and issue cards.
But, maybe someone tipped them off that they weren’t that kind of seniors.
Instead, the Rovers (13-5) trotted out 10 seniors, watching eight of them walk away with points, in a 64-30 rout of Sheffield on Senior Night.
The Rovers rotated their senior contingent well with their three others throughout the game, but had the most success in the second quarter.
Not only did Brockway do extremely well on the offensive end of the floor, scoring 33 points in the frame, but also held the Wolverines to just four over that same eight minute stretch to basically put the game away by the intermission.
The Rovers had just two players finish in double figures as senior Jake Wineberg led the way with 15 points, including four 3-pointers, while junior Carter Adams ended with 11.
But they were far from the only players to score as ultimately 10 of the 13 players that Brockway sent to the floor scored points.
“The focus was on the 10 seniors tonight and I wanted to get them a lot of minutes and I thought they responded pretty well,” Brockway head coach Rick Clark said. “We had some balanced scoring all the way throughout and guys were hitting the extra passes. We had that huge second quarter where I thought our defensive pressure was good in the first quarter and I thought we ratcheted it up even more in the second quarter which led to some easy baskets.”
Ironically, Sheffield had the momentum to open the second quarter after Cale Albaugh knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Wolverines a 13-11 advantage.
That didn’t turn out to be the case as Brockway jumped all over Sheffield in the second, scoring the first 24 points of the quarter in a span of less than six minutes.
After that, the only battle the Wolverines had left to wager was to try to keep the margin under 40 to keep the Mercy Rule from taking effect.
Had it not been for Sheffield’s Drew Higby, who scored a team-high 12 points including six in the third, that would have turned out just as badly.
However, there was no real sign that things were going to be that one-sided considering that it was a pretty tight game in the early going.
Brockway jumped out to a slight lead early but the Wolverines hung around, keeping the game within a point or two for much of the first quarter.
The Rovers took a three-point lead with time winding down in the first before a short bucket by Higby, followed by Albaugh’s 3-pointer at the horn, gave Sheffield a 13-11 advantage.
It also turned out to be the only lead the Wolverines had in the game as sophomore Zane Puhala, who scored all nine of his points in the second quarter, started to light things up for Brockway, hitting three-straight baskets, including the first from beyond the arc, to first give the Rovers the lead then add to it.
From there the momentum simply continued as Brockway first pushed the lead to 10, then 20, and nearly to 25 before Sheffield broke the string with a bucket.
That only delayed the inevitable as Brockway followed that with a 9-0 run that ended on a bucket by the Wolverines just before the half.
With the game firmly in their control at 44-17, the shots started to come from the outside in the third as 12 of the Rovers’ 15 points came from beyond the arc while the other three came from the free throw line.
Higby and Albaugh kept things from getting too much worse as they hit all 10 of Sheffield’s points in the third.
The scoring then slowed considerably in the fourth as Brockway gave each of its seniors a final chance to walk off the floor with an ovation.
Even then, the Rovers managed to outscore Sheffield, 5-3, over the final eight minutes to wrap up the win.
Brockway will now host Bradford Friday.