SHEFFIELD — Both Brookside and Open Door were coming off tough victories Friday night as they headed into their non-conference game Saturday at Brookside High.
While Open Door struggled from the floor, shooting 30 percent (13-for-43), Brookside used a dominating third quarter to put away the Patriots, 56-39.
The Cardinals (6-5) went over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
“We’re happy with getting two victories this weekend,” Cardinals coach Brent Schremp said. “We’ve lost some tough ones this year, so to come back and get these two and get us back up top is great. We talked in the locker room about making sure we get back to work on Monday, making sure we continue to push above the .500 mark.”
Brookside held Open Door (3-6) to just 1-of-14 from the floor in the first quarter, including 0-for-9 from 3-point range, to open up a 13-5 lead. The Cardinals took a 26-16 lead into the locker room, but Schremp wasn’t happy with that performance.
“We talked at halftime about playing harder,” he said. “We thought Open Door outplayed us a little bit in the first half, except they missed shots. I thought, in the third quarter, we were able to come out and establish ourselves.”
Brookside outscored the Patriots 16-8 in the decisive third quarter, including a 12-0 run. Junior Tyree Jones scored six of his 15 points during the quarter. The defense forced nine of Open Door’s 21 turnovers in the third.
“We got some good quality defensive stops,” Schremp said. “Offensively, we were running through when we wanted to run through. Once they went (to a) man (defense), we ran our sets and got good looks and probably knocked down four or five (shots) in a row that really stretched it out.”
When the dust settled on the quarter, Brookside had opened a 42-24 lead. Despite scoring 15 in the fourth quarter and forcing nine Brookside turnovers, Open Door never got closer.
Junior Cameron Drew, who matched Jones for top scoring honors with 15 points — including both of his team’s 3-pointers, said it was important to start strong.
“(Friday) against Wellington, we came out with no intensity, no aggression, no heart, really,” said Drew, who added 10 rebounds. “We knew we had to tonight and get a win. (Friday) proved that we can win, but it also proved that we can be better.”
Senior Mitto Agosto added 11 points and eight rebounds for Brookside, while senior Kelvin Torres added 10 points and 11 boards.
“We’ll take that every night, obviously,” Schremp said. “Mitto Agosto really stepped up tonight and played a heck of a game for us. That’s his biggest output scoring-wise this season.”
Junior Danny Stintsman led Open Door with 14 points.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t shoot the ball better,” Patriots coach Todd Wright said. “Coming off a night where we shot the ball better than we have in three years, we open up 1-for-14 in the first quarter. We just can’t beat anybody shooting like that.”
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Brookside 56, Open Door 39
OPEN DOOR (39): Danny Stintsman 5-2-14, Andrew Patterson 3-1-7, Drew Zaborowski 1-5-7, Caleb Crowder 1-1-3, J.P. Rinaldi 1-0-2, Zach Thomas 1-0-3, Cory Kushinski 1-1-3, Jamir Moultrie 0-0-0, Dustin Hackney 0-0-0, Will Lovett 0-0-0. Totals 13-10-39.
BROOKSIDE (56): Cameron Drew 6-1-15, Tyree Jones 7-1-15, Mitto Agosto 5-1-11, Kelvin Jones 4-2-10, David Rangel 0-0-0, Christian Gray 2-0-4, Travis Fortney 0-1-1, Dudley Taw 0-0-0, Alex Koltas 0-0-0, Nathan Jasko 0-0-0, Kenny Pierson 0-0-0, Max Wilson 0-0-0. Totals 24-6-56.
Open Door 5 11 6 15 — 39
Brookside 13 13 16 14 — 56
Three-point goals: Open Door 3-15 (Stintsman 2, Thomas), Brookside 2-10 (Drew 2). Field goals: Open Door 13-43 (30 percent), Brookside 24-62 (39 percent). Free throws: Open Door 10-22 (45 percent), Brookside 6-13 (46 percent). Rebounds: Open Door 29 (Stintsman 8, Patterson 6), Brookside 51 (K. Jones 11, Drew 10). Turnovers: Open Door 21, Brookside 15. Total fouls: Open Door 16, Brookside 19.