DuBOIS — Brookville couldn’t have asked for a better start to the DuBois Holiday Tournament championship game Saturday night, but the Raiders still had to hold off a furious rally by Brockway to capture the title, 44-40, over the Rovers.
Brookville, which won their first DuBois Tournament title since 2010, appeared to have the game well in control early as it led 10-1 after one quarter before extending that advantage to 22-3 with 2:37 left in the first half. However, Brockway scored the final eight points of the half to cut its halftime deficit to 11 at 22-11.
That momentum was short-lived though, as the Raiders came out strong in the third quarter and pushed their lead back to 18 points (34-18) late in the period.
The Rovers wouldn’t go away though, scoring the final four points of the third before outscoring Brookville 20-10 over the final eight minutes. Those 20 points matched how many Brockway had after three quarters. But, it wasn’t enough as the Raiders impressive start, coupled with their strong third quarter, proved to be enough to hold off the Rovers.
Free throws also played a part in the outcome on both ends. Brookville was just 8 of 18 at the line, where a few more makes could have helped salt the game awy earlier. Brockway also had a chance to fight back into the game at the line but missed five straight attempts late in the fourth as part of an 11-for-17 performance.
Brookville was led by the duo of Aaron Park and A.J. Lachnicht, who had 13 and 12 points respectively. Teammate Bryan Dworek added eight.
Dworek, who had 17 points in a 65-48 win over DuBois Central Catholic Friday was named the tourney’s MVP. Lachnicht, who had 12 points Friday as well, was named to the All-Tournament team. Fellow Raider Trenton Gilhousen also earned All-Tourney honors after scoring 11 points Friday and six Saturday in the finals.
Brockway’s Zane Puhala led all scorers Saturday with 14 points, while teammate Noah Vokes added 10. Both Rovers were named to the All-Tournament team. Vokes scored eight points Friday in a 50-47 win over DuBois, while Puhala had four in that contest.
The consolation game went to host DuBois, as the Beavers held off a fourth-quarter comeback bid by DCC to upend the Cardinals, 60-51.
In the night cap, Brookville held Brockway without a field goal for the first 8:48 of the game as the Rovers struggled to convert their opportunities.
Meanwhile, the Raiders used a patient approach on their offensive end to build a 10-1 lead after one quarter. Dworek had four points in the opening eight minutes, while park, Lachnicht and Jack Krug also made baskets for the Raiders. Brockway’s lone point in the first came at the 4:12 mark when Carter Adams went 1 of 2 at the line.
Brockway got its first basket of the game when Vokes scored 48 seconds into the second quarter to make it a 12-3 game. Brookville then ripped off a 10-0 run to extend its lead to 22-3. Gilhousen had all six of his points during the spurt.
But, the Raiders failed to score over the final 2:37 and Brockway finally got its offense going a little to claw back into the game. Anthony Esposito jump-started an 8-0 spurt to end the half with a runner in the lane with 2:17 left on the clock. Adams added two free throws shortly after before Vokes and Alec Freemer scored in the final 1:10 to make it 22-11 at the break.
Lachnicht scored a quick hoop to open the second half, but a bucket by Vokes and 3-pointer by teammate Jon Wood cut the Raiders lead to eight at 24-16. Lachnicht wasn’t down scoring in the quarter though, as he dropped in back-to-back buckets to spark another 10-0 Raiders’ run that put Brookville up 18 points (34-16) with 1:52 left in the third. Park also had four points in that spurt.
Once again Brockway had an answer late in a quarter, as a Vokes hoop and two free throws by Puhala made it a 14-point game (34-20) after three quarters.
Brookville opened the fourth on a 6-2 mini-run, with four points by Park helping push the Raider lead back to 18 points at 40-22. However, it was all Rovers from there as Brockway outscored the Raiders 18-4 over the final four minutes of the game. Park was in and out of the game during that stretch while in foul trouble.
Adams and Puhala jump-started the Rovers’ comeback bid when each hit a 3-pointer around a basket by Lachnicht. Puhala went on to score 10 of his game-high 14 points in the final four minutes to lead the Rovers’ charge. However, his effort wasn’t quite enough to push Brockway to yet another comeback victory this season. Adams was held to just six points in the night.
The comeback theme also tried to play out in the opener Saturday between cross-town foes DuBois and DCC.
Central Catholic actually controlled most of the first half. The Cardinals led 19-14 after one quarter and led by as many as nine points (30-21) with 3:35 left in the opening half. However, DuBois closed the half on an 11-2 run to send the teams into the locker rooms knotted at 32-32.
DuBois then outscored the Cardinals 18-7 in the third quarter, with a much larger 29-9 run turning a nine-point deficit into an 11-point lead (50-39) for the Beavers after three quarters.
The Cardinals didn’t back down though and made a game of it in the fourth. Central held DuBois to just one field — and four points — through the first five minutes of the quarter. That defensive effort allowed DCC to pull within three points at 54-51 with just over three minutes to play, thanks to a 12-4 spurt. Justin Miknis led that DCC surge as he scored eight of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter.
But, it wasn’t quite enough as DuBois’ Chase Husted and Alex Beers each scored hoops to help put the game away. Jonathan Cruz also went 2 of 4 at the line in the final 34 seconds as DuBois dropped in the final six points of the game to come away with a nine-point victory.
Husted had a huge game for DuBois and earned All-Tournament honors after posting 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Beers added 12 points as part of a balanced DuBois attack that saw Kenny Garvey net nine points and Cruz and Justin Manduley eight each.
Miknis, who had 19 points Friday, also earned All-Tournament honors. He was was joined in double figures Saturday by teammate Jonathan Kurtz, who finished with 13 points.