SHEFFIELD — With the game and possibly its division championship hopes on the line, Brookside’s defense came up big late in Friday’s Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game against Lutheran West.
The Cardinals held the Longhorns to one field goal over the final 10 and a half minutes to come from behind for a 63-58 overtime win.
Brookside, which has won five in a row, led 36-35 at the half but Lutheran West came out in the second half and methodically built a 54-48 lead with 5:30 left to play in regulation.
Cameron Drew and the rest of the Cardinals’ defense made sure the Longhorns would not score the remainder of the fourth quarter.
“We had a whole week of practice to prepare us for this game,” said Drew, who scored 15 points, including three free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the win.
“We’re trying to compete for a PAC championship so we had to come out and give it all we’ve got in the fourth quarter. We knew we were going to make some turnovers against their pressure but we kept our heads up and pulled through.”
The Cardinals (9-5, 6-3 Stars Division) committed 27 turnovers, but when they held on to the ball they displayed a deft shooting touch, shooting 50 percent (20-for-40) from the field.
Senior Kelvin Jones led the Brookside offense with a game-high 22 points. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound forward not only showed off his inside moves but also his outside shooting touch, connecting on three 3-pointers.
“Our ball movement was outstanding tonight and we were able to knock down some shots,” Jones said. “Lutheran West is a good team and they play really good defense, but coach told us to come out in the fourth quarter and play Cardinal basketball. And we were able to take care of business.”
Mitch Agosto made two free throws with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 54. After that, both teams had numerous chances to score the go-ahead basket but instead turned the ball over or settled for off-balance, low-percentage shots.
“I expected a great game tonight and that’s what we got,” said Longhorns coach Alan Januzzi, whose team fell to 11-3 and 8-2 in the Stripes Division. “Our guys knew Brookside is a good team. We came out and played well from the start. We just didn’t finish well. Our kids haven’t been in this position before. I told them once you start winning, teams will be ready for you. We’ve had some close games and pulled them ou, but tonight it just didn’t happen.”
Greg Kunse and Max Quinn led Lutheran West with 13 points each.
Brookside is two games behind Buckeye in the Stars and will later play the Bucks twice in a span of 11 days with a chance to leapfrog Keystone and move into first place.
“We knew Lutheran West was going to come at us but we stayed aggressive and never let the last possession affect the next possession,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said.
“These kids battled to the very end and got a quality win against a good team tonight. We need to continue to focus on what is in front of us. The conference is up for grabs so if we continue to play strong and fundamentally sound we’re going to be in a position to win some basketball games.”
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Brookside 63, Lutheran West 58 (OT)
LUTHERAN WEST (58): Greg Kunse 6-0-13, Peter Koza 4-0-9, Chris Scott 1-1-3, Andrew O’Hara 2-1-5, Jack Kelsheimer 1-0-3, Aaron Beckman 3-0-6, Max Quinn 6-1-13, Clay Carper 1-0-3, Nate Roman 0-3-3. Totals 24-6-58.
BROOKSIDE (63): Cameron Drew 4-6-15, David Rangel 2-2-7, Dudley Taw 1-1-3, Christian Gray 0-1-1, Tyree Jones 2-4-8, Kelvin Jones 9-1-22, MItto Agosto 2-3-7. Totals 20-18-63.
Lutheran West 15 20 15 4 4 — 58
Brookside 14 22 10 8 9 — 63
Three-point goals: Lutheran West (Carper, Kelsheimer, Koza, Kunse), Brookside (Jones 3, Drew, Rangel). Field goals: Lutheran West 24-62 (39 percent), Brookside 20-40 (50 percent). Free throws: Lutheran West 6-13 (46 percent), Brookside 18-25 (72 percent). Rebounds: Lutheran West 31, Brookside 40. Turnovers: Lutheran West 14, Brookside 27. Total fouls: Lutheran West 22, Brookside 12.
Junior varsity: Lutheran West, 77-45