BROOKVILLE — With memories of a 26-point blowout road loss rattling around in their heads, the Brookville Raiders basketball team had a second chance at St. Marys Friday night.
And on the strength of a 63-percent shooting performance and strong defense, the Raiders got their revenge and turned around their December loss in Elk County into a 67-54 win in District 9 League action.
The Raiders hiked their winning streak to seven games with the win over St. Marys, but had it come to an end with a 46-30 loss less than 24 hours later in a Saturday afternoon makeup trip to Bradford. The weekend split has them at 10-4 overall (3-3 in D9 League) going into Monday’s non-league game at Redbank Valley, its fourth game in six days.
“I was very nervous, after the beatdown they put on us earlier,” Raiders head coach Dalton Park said after the St. Marys win. “I got the guys excited. I felt we came off an intense game and had been lacking that. We came off Punxsutawney with that, it got us ready for this game and kids were ready. Everything seemed to be there tonight. I thought we played hard for four quarters and I was proud of their effort. It’s the most satisfied I’ve been with them on executing and doing what they needed to do.”
The Raiders, who made 26 of 41 shots, trailed St. Marys 17-12 after the first quarter, but outscored the visiting Dutch 14-2 in the second quarter and led the rest of the game.
Four Raiders found double figures in scoring. Bryan Dworek, killing the Dutch with his transition and fast breaking game, scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Aaron Park had 15 points and eight rebounds, Trenton Gilhousen scored 12 points and Jack Krug scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.
St. Marys, meanwhile, dropped to 6-8 overall and 2-04 in the D9 League with its road games continuing to be a problem. The Dutch fell to 2-5 on the road.
Nathan Schneider finished with 26 points on 10-of-22 shooting. He lit the Raiders up for 40 in December. Cahil Parrish had 10 points.
“Going through the league a second time is tough,” Dutch head coach Shad Boschert said. “We have to find a way to score without (Schneider). Teams are aware of him and it makes it tough. We have to keep coaching them up and not to defer. We have to have five guys who are a threat.
“We’re struggling on the road. We shoot well at home and as soon as we go on the road, we can’t pull it off. All the credit to Brookville. They were well-prepared and their kids played hard.”
Brookville won the junior varsity game, 44-37.
At Bradford, the Raiders led the Owls 18-17 at halftime before getting outscored 14-0 in the third quarter. Bradford outscored the Raiders, 15-12, in the fourth and notched a D9 League win.
The Owls (8-7, 4-1) ended a two-game losing streak. After a 47-44 loss to league-leading Elk County Catholic last Wednesday, they dropped a surprising 46-45 non-league game Friday night at the buzzer at Otto-Eldred.
Deondre Terwilliger led the Owls with 20 points while Tyler Gigliotti finished with 13 points.
For the Raiders, Dworek scored 14 points while Gilhousen scored all nine of his points in the second quarter.
St. Marys, like Brookville, played Saturday on the road at General McLane. Tuesday, the St. Marys hosts Bradford.