BROCKWAY — While the Brockway Area High School boys’ basketball team might have suffered through some fits and starts against Cameron County, there was no doubt that it was in full-on start mode during the second half as it notched a 58-42 victory Friday.
The Rovers (3-1) trailed by five after the first 16 minutes but beat Cameron County on both ends of the floor in the second half, outscoring them 34-13, including a 12-point scoring advantage in the fourth to win going away.
“I thought that we gave them a little bit too much penetration in the first half,” Brockway head coach Rick Clark said. “But, in the second half, I thought that, defensively, we did a much better job of limiting that and really making it difficult on their 3-point shooters. And we also hit some big shots on offense.
“Especially some big 3-pointers,” Clark added.
Brockway had three starters reach double-digit scoring led by Carter Adams with 19, while Noah Vokes finished with 15 and Anthony Esposito ended with 11.
The Rovers canned six shots from outside the arc against Cameron County with Esposito leading the way with three.
In fact, Brockway got all of its points from its starters as Jon Wood finished with seven points and Zane Puhala had six.
However, while the bench players didn’t come up with points, their impact was certainly felt throughout the game.
“They really turned in some big minutes, especially when Zane picked up a couple fouls early,” Clark said. “They also turned in some good minutes defensively and that’s what we asked them to do.”
The Red Raiders also had three players finish in double digits with Dino Brown leading the way with 13 while Adam Shaffer had 12 and Marcus Brown finished with 11.
But Cameron County had just one other player, Caden Beldin, score in the contest and his six points, both on 3-pointers, accounted for all the Red Raiders scoring from the field in the fourth quarter.
The way things started, it looked like the Rovers might have an easy go of it as they quickly jumped out to a 7-1 before Cameron County hit its first shot from the field.
The Red Raiders finally got that on a 3-pointer from Marcus Brown and, from there, it was off to the races for Cameron County as it closed the quarter on a 13-6 run to lead by one, 14-13, to open the second.
That lead grew to as many as 10 for much of the second before the Rovers scored five unanswered points before the half to cut the margin to five.
Brockway certainly ratcheted things up on both ends of the floor after the break and tied the game at 29-29 less than two minutes into the quarter.
The Rovers finally retook the lead on a layup by Adams with just over a minute to play in the third and never looked back.
Brockway started the fourth with a 39-35 advantage but quickly built that to eight.
Cameron County closed the gap to four after the second of Beldin’s two fourth-quarter 3-pointers with around five minutes to play, but it was the last time the Red Raiders hit a shot from the floor as Brockway finished the game on an 11-1 run.
The Rovers will now host Elk County Catholic Friday.