SHEFFIELD — After starting the season 0-3, Brookside came into the opening night of Patriot Athletic Conference play looking for a new beginning.
Although it took 36 minutes, the Cardinals found it.
Despite blowing an eight-point lead in the final two minutes of the game, Brookside regrouped and came away with a 66-60 win Friday over Clearview.
Brookside (1-3, 1-0) produced a total team effort with four players scoring in double-digits led by 14 each from seniors Nathan Keith and Alex Robinson.
obinson, whose two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in the extra period sealed it for the Cardinals, thinks the win will help the team erase the memories of its rough start.
“This was our first conference win so it was really big,” Robinson said. “We had a couple of tough losses but those were out of the league so those are behind us now. It’s always a big game against Clearview so to beat them is a good way to start off the conference.”
The Cardinals stated fast, scoring the first seven points of the game and pushed their advantage to 19-9 early in the second quarter.
Junior guard Eric Burkey finally breathed some life into the Clippers by draining a pair of 3-pointers, including one just before the halftime buzzer that cut the deficit to 30-26.
From that point on, Gerrell Williams took over for Clearview. Williams, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half.
Clearview took a brief 45-42 lead in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter on a Darin Sturgill 3-pointer. On the next possession, Brookside’s Cameron Drew answered with a 3-pointer of his own to tie game and spark a 9-0 Cardinals run.
“We just didn’t play well tonight,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “I’m not taking anything away from Brookside. They’re a good team and they took it to us tonight, but the problem is us. There are things you have to do to win ballgames and right now, mentally or physically, we’re not willing to apply ourselves.”
With three players 6-2 or taller in the starting lineup and the 6-5 Keith coming off the bench, Brookside took advantage of its size to outrebound the Clippers 40-22. Keith had three of his team-leading 13 rebounds in the overtime period.
“Coach told us to box out and be strong with the ball and we just took it from there,” Keith said. “The backside rebounds and getting good passes from my teammates is what set up my offense tonight.”
Brookside almost watched the game slip away at the end of the fourth quarter, going the final 2:45 without scoring as Clearview got a pair of field goals from Williams in the final minute to tie the game at 58.
“The kids did a heck of a job tonight,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “We wanted to take advantage of our size and our strength and it worked well in the first half. We’ve been in a couple of these games right down to the wire this year but tonight we got everybody to step up, and when you do that and get balanced scoring like we got tonight, you’re going to be in position to win some basketball games.”
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Brookside 66, Clearview 60
CLEARVIEW (60): Gerrell Williams 10-4-24, Eric Burkey 2-2-8, Clifton Brown 2-0-4, Daimon Knowles 3-4-12, Jason Young 3-0-6, Darin Sturgill 2-0-6. Totals 22-10-60
BROOKSIDE (66): Cameron Drew 5-2-13, Christian Gray 3-0-7, Nathan Keith 6-2-14, Alex Robinson 6-2-14, Kelvin Jones 3-2-8, Mitto Agosto 4-2-10. Totals 27-10-66.
Clearview 9 17 16 16 2 — 60
Brookside 17 13 12 16 8 — 66
Three-Point Field Goals: Clearview 6 (Burkey 2, Knowles 2, Sturgill 2); Brookside 2 (Gray, Drew); Field goals: Clearview 22-of-59 (37 percent), Brookside 27-of-52 (52 percent); Free throws: Clearview 10 -of-11 (91 percent), Brookside 10-of-13 (77 percent); Rebounds: Clearview 22, Brookside 40; Turnovers: Clearview 13, Brookside 25
Junior varsity: Clearview, 35-26.