SHEFFIELD - David Gentry is only 5-foot-6 but Black River`s junior guard was huge in the third quarter Tuesday night, standing tall over everyone else on the court.
Gentry scored 16 points in the quarter, including four three-pointers, as Black River (2-2) turned a close game into a 59-38 Patriot Athletic Conference rout.
Brookside (0-2) led most of the first half and was ahead at intermission, 27-24, when Gentry took over, hitting his first three to tie the score at 27. After Miguel Quintela put the Pirates up for the first time since the opening seconds of the first quarter with two free throws with 5:29 remaining, Gentry scored Black River`s next eight points to put the winners up 37-28.
It was no contest after that as the Pirates outscored the Cardinals 20-3 in the third and 35-11 in the second half.
While Gentry`s 26 points for the game loomed large, a great deal of credit should also go to Black River`s defense. The Pirates employed a full-court press the entire game but switched to a much tighter version in the third quarter, forcing the Cardinals into nine turnovers and holding them to only one field goal in nine attempts. Brookside got only eight field goal tries in the fourth quarter and could never mount a rally.
"The coach (Ryan Morgan) fired us up at the half and we played great defense," Gentry said. "I`ve never had a quarter like that since my freshman year and I don`t recall how many I scored then. I was feeling it and haven`t felt like that all year so far."
Morgan added another hero to the mix.
"The big story was Chase Smith," he said. "He came off the bench and gave us a spark of energy in the third. David felt that energy, as did the whole team, and started scoring. We came out in the second half to make sure we ran our offense. And our defense did the job, too.
"We don`t have much size and have to depend on pressuring people. We have some good guards who can do it. This was definitely our best game of the year and it was nice to win our first conference game."
Smith scored eight points and pulled down six rebounds.
"We played really well in the first half," said Brookside coach Brent Schremp. "To Black River`s credit, they really stepped up the pressure and Gentry had a whale of a game. We`ve got to learn to make adjustments, but our kids are young and in a growing process. We`ve got to continue to grow and to progress."
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Black River 59, Brookside 38
BLACK RIVER (59): David Gentry 11-0-26, Jon Sas 4-0-8, Chase Smith 4-0-8, Travis Kimble 2-0-6, Miguel Quintela 0-5-5, Curtis Klosski 1-2-4, David Metzger 1-0-2, Christian Boyer 0-0-0,Â Charles Seese 0-0-0,Â Brandon Freeman 0-0-0. Totals 23-7-59.
BROOKSIDE (38): Nick Jackman 4-7-15, Dugan Radeff 4-0-8, Pat Kilbane 2-0-5, Jared Ramirez 0-2-2, Brandon Arroyo 0-2-2, Chris Welch 0-2-2, Rocky Radeff 1-0-2, Ronnie Gunter 1-0-2, Pat Kummich 0-0-0,Â Adrian Rivera 0-0-0. Totals 12-13-38.
Black RiverÂ Â Â 12Â 12Â Â Â Â 20Â Â Â 15Â Â Â - Â Â Â 59
BrooksideÂ Â Â 14Â Â Â 13Â Â Â 3Â Â Â 8Â Â Â - Â Â Â Â 38
Three-point goals: Black River 6 of 8 (Gentry 4, Kimble 2), Brookside 1 of 1 (Kilbane); Field goals: Black River 23 of 53 (43 percent), Brookside 12 of 45 (26 per cent); Free throws: Black River 7 of 9, Brookside 13 of 19; Rebounds: Black River 35 (Quintela 7, Kimble 7, Smith 6), Brookside 36 (Dugan Radeff 9, Jackman 8); Turnovers: Black River 21, Brookside 26; Fouls: Black River 19, Brookside 13.
Junior varsity: Black River 67, Brookside 40.