CLARION — In a game that was mostly never more than a possession within reach, the No. 2 Brookville boys basketball team’s season ended in a heartbreaking way on Friday evening against top-seeded Karns City.
With 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock, Karns City’s Austin Fahlor hit a corner three-pointer, getting the ball out of his hand just before the buzzer to defeat the Raiders, 34-31, in the District 9 Class 3A championship game at Clarion University.
Prior to the buzzer beater, the Gremlins hadn’t scored in nearly six minutes.
Down 31-25, the Raiders got thing going as Trenton Gilhousen put in a layin to start the comeback. Aaron Park then had the next two buckets, with the second tying the game at 31 with 1:02 left.
After running some clock down, Karns City called two timeouts in the final minute.
With only four fouls for the second half, Brookville fouled two more times, once with three seconds left and the other with 0.4 on the clock which set up Fahlor’s dagger.
Brookville (14-10), which got to the district championship with a 56-47 win over Kane in the semifinals last week, never led by more than two points the whole way.
The Raiders led 3-2 in the early-going before the Gremlins put in the next six points to take an 8-3 lead after one period.
Karns City’s Nolan Riley, who also had the first bucket of the game, had two more layins in the first quarter while Logan Pistorius had the other.
But Brookville followed that up with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter, fueled by a pair of layups from sophomore Bryan Dworek to take a 10-8 advantage.
The lead shifted back and forth a couple times the rest of the half before Dworek’s bucket in the final second gave Brookville a 15-14 lead at halftime.
Karns City scored the first three points of the second half before the Raiders took their final lead on a Gilhousen three-pointer with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter.
Karns City had a lead as big as seven points in the third quarter, but led just 27-23 with a quarter to play.
Gilhousen, who had the lone two three-pointers for the Raiders, led his team with 12 points. Dworek posted seven points.
For Karns City, Riley had 11 points, while Fahlor had 11.
His buzzer-beating three -pointer was his team’s only bucket from long distance on the night.
Karns City (17-7) will play the third place team out of District 10 to start the PIAA Tournament on Saturday.