Brookside's Norman Elias goes to the hoop past Wellington's Noah Diermyer on Friday, Dec 22. Steve Manheim / Chronicle
SHEFFIELD -- Wellington saw Brookside explode for 30 points in the first quarter but tightened up on defense the rest of the way, posting a 79-65 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win on Friday night.
“I thought (Brookside) came out and shot really well in the first quarter -- they were ready to play and we weren’t,” Dukes coach Dan Gundert said. “It’s a credit to them, but I was really proud of our guys -- they responded after that first quarter.”
Wellington (6-1, 4-1) scored 24 in the first eight minutes but found itself down by six points as the three-headed monster of Norman Elias, Jacob Cole and Jacob Papa combined to score 28 of 30 points for the Cardinals, who made 12 of 15 (80 percent) shots taken.
Elias hit 3 of 4 of his shots for 6 of his 18 points, Cole (15 points) took three shots from behind the arc and made all three for 9 points and Papa was 5 for 5, including three threes, for 13 of his team-high 18 points.
Between quarters, Gundert was heard imploring his team to play defense and the Dukes responded holding Brookside to just six point in the second quarter as Wellington took a 37-36 lead as Brandon Orozco led the Dukes with eight points, including a pair of threes.
“(Brookside) came out and shot the ball really well, we just had to match their momentum,” said Maxwell Joppeck, who finished with a game-high 26 points and 17 rebounds. “Coach just got on us and we had to play harder.”
The game stayed tight through the first four-and-a-half minutes of the third with the score sitting at 46-46 following a pair of free throws by Elias for the Cardinals.
That’s when the game turned the Dukes way as they went on a 16-2 run to grab a comfortable 62-48 lead.
Joppeck started the run with a three, Noah Diermyer added a layup, Nathaniel Shelton kicked in a 3-point play, Joppeck added a pair of free throws off a Shelton steal for a 56-48 lead with 1:28 left in the quarter.
Following a Brookside turnover -- its 14th of the night -- Wellington came away with a six-point possession when Joppeck was intentionally fouled on a drive. He made the basket and a free throw for a 59-48 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Orozco (14 points) knocked down a three for a 62-48 lead that got cut down at the buzzer by Papa’s fourth three of the night to get the Cardinals as close as they would get.
While the Dukes defense improved through the night, Brookside coach Phil Argento had a different perspective.
“I thought the three blind mice did a good job, I want to make sure I get them on my Christmas list -- they were outstanding tonight.” Argento said.
“Officiating has a way of changing a game. It can change the tempo of the game, it can change who is in the game, it can change the way you play. I thought we got the best of the officiating and poor Wellington had to suffer through some terrible calls.”
Brookside fell to 1-5, 0-5.
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Wellington 79, Brookside 65
WELLINGTON (79): Ryan Whitaker 2-0-4, Noah Diermyer 3-0-6, Ben Bliss 2-0-5, Mason McClellan 0-0-0, Nathaniel Shelton 3-4-10, Brandon Orozco 5-0-14, Colton Schmidt 6-0-14, Max Joppeck 7-11. Totals 28-15-79.
BROOKSIDE (65): Dylan Smith 1-7-10, Norman Elias 7-4-18, Jacob Papa 7-0-18, Cody Mortensen 0-0-0, Cade Cook 0-0-0, Jacob Cole 6-0-15, Nathan Brown 2-0-4, Malachi Sheffield 0-0-0. Totals 23-11-65.
Wellington 24 13 25 17 — 79
Brookside 30 6 15 14 — 65
Three-point goals: Wellington 8-17 (47 percent, Orozco 4, Schmidt 2, Bliss, Joppeck); Brookside 8-12 (67 percent, Papa 4, Cole 3, Smith). Field goals: Wellington 28-60 (47 percent); Brookside 23-46 (50 percent). Free throws: Wellington 15-23 (65 percent); Brookside 11-16 (69 percent). Rebounds: Wellington 40, Brookside 22. Turnovers: Wellington 15, Brookside 15. Fouled Out: Brown.
Junior varsity: Brookside, 42-31.
Fouled Out: Brown
Junior varsity: Brookside, 42-31