Brooke boys’ comeback falls short to John Marshall

WELLSBURG — In a game in which visiting John Marshall and winless Brooke were missing key components for at least part of Tuesday night’s contest, the difference between winning and losing turned out to be a nearly 11-minute stretch of time between the second and third quarters.

While both teams struggled at times and both managing to find bright spots, the Monarchs broke open a close game with a 19-point spurt and then held on down the stretch.

John Marshall survived a second half in which it hit just seven field goals but canned 11 of 14 charity tosses, while watching a 23-point bulge turn into just a two-point advantage late before picking up a 53-48 victory over the Bruins.

Coach Chad Clutter’s Monarchs, which dealt with some disciplinary issues that affected some key players’ time on the court, improved to 5-5 on the season. Meanwhile, Mel Coleman’s Brooke squad was dealing with injuries and illness in dropping its 10th game in as many outings.

“The pace was deadly slow with the zone defense, and we gave up way too many points in the second half,” Clutter said. “We also played some defenses that we normally don’t, but defense is defense.”

After building a 28-12 lead at the break thanks to a 14-0 second-quarter outburst, John Marshall watched the hosts hit the first field goal of the third quarter before capping a 25-6 run with a 9-0 rally that made it a 37-14 score.

However, led by Nick Brown and Alex Lilly, Brooke closed the third on a 14-4 run that trimmed the deficit to 41-26 heading for the final eight minutes. The Bruins continued to chip away, getting to within 49-36 with 4:03 to play.

Coleman’s crew then mounted a 9-0 scoring run, with Dylan Silver capping the spurt with a pair of hoops that made it a 49-45 score with 45 seconds showing. Following an Adam Miller charity toss that made it 50-45, Logan Williams banked in a long triple with 17 seconds showing to get the hosts to within 50-48.

Brooke had a chance to tie or take the lead late and also failed to get a rebound off a missed John Marshall free throw with less than eight seconds to play. The Monarchs tacked on three charity tosses late for the final.

“You can’t get behind like we did in the first half and have to fight all the way back,” Coleman said. “And, we missed too many shots and free throws. We were a little short-handed and had to play a couple of kids longer than we normally would.

“But, that 14-0 run in the second quarter is really what beat us. We didn’t rebound and do our part, and that is what I put on the chalkboard in the locker room. There were chances, but we just didn’t convert.”

Brooke’s only leads of the contest came early at 6-4 and 8-6 before the visitors took a 10-8 lead after a quarter.

Senior Mickey Reiley was John Marshall’s lone double-figure scorer with 12 points and also led the way with nine rebounds. Devin Norris tallied eight for the winners, while Aaron and Adam Miller evenly divided 14.

Brooke senior Jimmy Willis led all scorers with 14 points, while Silver tallied 12 and Gage Yost, who spent most of the game in foul trouble, pulled down a team-high nine boards.

John Marshall grabbed a 36-24 edge off the glass but turned the ball over 16 times, five more than the Bruins.

John Marshall 53, Brooke 48

John Marshall 10-18-13-12 — 53

Brooke 8-4-14-22 — 48

JOHN MARSHALL: Ried 2-6 1-2 7; Miller 1-5 4-7 7; Norris 3-6 2-3 8; Fitzpatrick 0-6 5-6 5; Reiley 5-10 2-3 12; Campbell 1-2 1-3 4; Derrow 2-7 2-2 6; Babiczek 2-4 0-0 4. TOTALS: 16, 17-26: 53.

BROKE: Williams 3-13 1-2 9; Lilly 2-11 2-4 6; Silver 6-13 0-0 12; Yost 1-3 0-2 2; Willis 6-9 2-2 14; Brown 2-6 0-0 5. TOTALS: 20, 5-10: 48.

3-POINT GOALS: Reid 2, Miller, Campbell; Williams 2, Brown.

University 80, Brooke 34

MORGANTOWN — The Brooke girls basketball team fell to University, 80-34, on Tuesday.

Hope Bowman and Chloe Fox led the Bruins with 11 points each. Chrissy Byers chipped in six.

University 80, Brooke 34

Brooke 10-15-4-5 — 34

University 26-22-17-9 — 80

BROOKE: Weir 0 0-0 0; Fox 5 0-0 11; Platt 1 0-0 3; Buckmelter 0 1-2 1; Ryan 0 0-0 0; Byers 2 2-2 6; Orban 0 0-0 0; Bowman 3 5-7 11; Knorr 1 0-0 2; Groves 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 12, 8-11: 34.

UNIVERSITY: Ash 4 0-0 10; Murphy 4 0-0 12; Dean 1 1-2 3; Baggs 8 3-3 20; Bowers 0 0-0 0; Jenkins 4 1-1 12; Lanham 1 0-0 2; Yorndran 1 0-0 2; Cordray 1 0-0 2; Coen 2 3-4 7; Napolillo 2 0-0 4. TOTALS: 28, 8-10: 80.

3-POINT GOALS: Brooke 2 (Fox, Platt); University 10 (Ash 2, Murphy 4, Baggs, Jenkins 3).

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