OBERLIN — The “NBA 2K14” live show came to Oberlin High School on Tuesday. Or at least that’s how it looked most of the night with Brookside putting up numbers usually seen only in video games during a 67-43 win over the Phoenix.
Senior Kelvin Jones led the way for the Cardinals with 22 points and a career-high 25 rebounds. Over the first three periods, Brookside shot an uncanny 70 percent (19-for-27) from the field. Thanks to Jones grabbing every loose ball that came anywhere near his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame, the Cardinals also held a 47-14 rebounding edge.
“I knew Oberlin was one of the smaller teams we’ve faced this year so I was determined to box out and take advantage of that,” Jones said. “This is a nice court to play on and we just got hot and stayed hot. We’ve been in a bit of a slump the past few games, so this was a good win for us to get back on track.”
Brookside (12-9, 9-6 Patriot Athletic Conference) traded 3-pointers with the Phoenix for much of the first quarter, with Malcolm Allen hitting a pair of shots from behind the arc for Oberlin, and the Cardinals’ Cameron Drew responding with two long-range jumpers.
Allen led the Phoenix with 15 points. Drew was one of three Brookside players in double figures with 19 points. Mitto Agosto also scored 10 for the Cardinals.
Oberlin (5-16, 4-11) was outscored 17-6 in the second quarter as the Cardinals pulled out to a 34-19 halftime lead.
“We talked about getting back to enjoying the game of basketball, taking what the opposition gives us and playing with high energy, and we did all of those things tonight,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “It’s not a secret that we try to get the ball to Kelvin and go inside-out, so when teams try to take that away, our guards are going to have some opportunities to score. Cameron did that tonight and our guards have being doing that all season.
“Kelvin let the game come to him, that was the most important thing. He’s a great basketball player, he showed that again tonight. He went and got the basketball when he needed to on both ends of the court. He is always a hard worker.”
Brookside made 23 of its first 37 field-goal attempts before substituting freely late in the fourth quarter.
With just one starter taller than 6-1, coach Kurt Russell’s Oberlin team had its hands full against a Brookside squad with six players 6-2 or taller.
“Oberlin is a very athletic team and we’re not known to be the most athletic team around, so we knew we had to focus on our fundamentals if we wanted to get this win,” Jones said. “A game like this helps us to keep our heads high and get ready for the tournament.”
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Brookside 67, Oberlin 43
BROOKSIDE (67): Cameron Drew 6-4-19, David Rangel 1-0-3, Max Wilson 2-0-4, Tyree Jones 2-2-6, Kelvin Jones 9-4-22, Mitto Agosto 5-0-10, Travis Fortney 1-0-3. Totals 26-10-67.
OBERLIN (43): Sam Levine 1-0-2, Charles Lewis 4-2-10, Jae’Lin Moore 0-1-1, Dante LaRiccia 4-1-11, Malcolm Allen 6-0-15, Zion Hicks 1-0-3, Henry Smith 0-1-1. Totals 16-5-43.
Brookside 17 17 18 15 — 67
Oberlin 13 6 9 15 — 43
Three-point goals: Brookside (Drew 3, Fortney, Rangel), Oberlin (Allen 3, LaRiccia 2, Hicks). Field goals: Brookside 26-45 (58 percent), Oberlin 16-50 (32 percent). Free throws: Brookside 10-16 (62 percent), Oberlin 5-9 (55 percent). Rebounds: Brookside 47, Oberlin 14. Turnovers: Brookside 25, Oberlin 13. Total fouls: Brookside 13, Oberlin 12.
Junior varsity: Brookside, 57-30