Weir High continues rolling, defeats Brooke

LAYING UP — Weir High’s Luka Haught nails a layup over Brooke’s Aleksey Rasz on Friday. Also shown is Weir High’s Elijah Gillette. (Photo by Joe Catullo)

WELLSBURG — After playing a sloppy first half, Weir High got its game in high gear during the final 16 minutes, capturing a 59-41 victory over winless Brooke Friday night inside the Brooke Wellness Center.

The Bruins (0-15) got some momentum going in the second quarter and held the lead briefly with five minutes left in the period. Both teams struggled through the first period with the Red Riders (10-3 and 12th ranked in Class AA) taking a slim 8-6 lead.

When Brooke junior Nick Brown got his only hoop of the game, the Bruins took the lead for the first time at 13-12. A minute and a half later, junior Alex Lilly’s 2-pointer made it 15-14, but from there it was all Red Riders the rest of the game. Weir High went to the locker room with a 25-20 lead at the break.

“There were no great technical adjustments at halftime,” Red Rider coach Mike Granato said. “I wasn’t happy with how we pressured the ball in the first half, and I wasn’t happy with our weak side defense. What happened was they were penetrating us on the weak side, and that put us out of rebound position. There’s no excuse for allowing 10 offensive rebounds in the first half.

“The success of our team has been the effort points — diving on the floor, stealing the ball and those types of hustle things. That’s how we play, but we didn’t do it in the first half. So, we talked about playing our style of basketball in the second half, and we did.”

In the second half, Weir High guards Luka Haught and Sebastian Spencer led the way, scoring 21 of the 34 points the Red Riders scored in the second half. Haught hit two consecutive 3s in the third period and scored 14 of his game-high 18 points. Both he and Spencer, who added seven second-half points, began going to the basket more in the second half slicing through the Brooke defense.

“We didn’t play for 32 minutes,” Brooke first-year coach Mel Coleman said. “They don’t give us credit for hanging in there. We’ve played better the last three games for two or three quarters, but that isn’t good enough. You have to play 32 minutes.

“We’re still lacking the discipline and consistency to do that. The clock says 32 minutes, so you have to play hard for 32 minutes.”

Junior Alex Lilly led the Bruins with 16 points, and senior Logan Williams added seven. senior Gage Yost pulled down 10 rebounds.

“They have been the leading scorers most of the time, but usually, like tonight, when one of them is scoring pretty good the other doesn’t do so well, and that’s what I mean about consistency,” Coleman said.

Spencer finished with 13, as Granato had 10 players hit the scoring column. Senior Reed Reitter captured 10 caroms off the glass.

The Red Riders have a date next Tuesday with 10th-ranked Hancock County rival Oak Glen at home, while the Bruins travel Tuesday to play at Wheeling Park.

GAME NOTES

¯ The Bruin reserve team captured a split for the evening with a 64-48 win in the preliminary. Alex Isinghood scored 18 points and Cole Sperlazza added 13 for the Bruins. Skylar Jackson’s 12 points led the Red Riders.

Weir High 59, Brooke 41

Weir 8-17-22-12 — 59

Brooke 6-14-14-7 — 41

WEIR HIGH (10-3): Spencer 4 4-4 13, Haught 7 2-2 18, McUmar 2 0-0 5, Gillette 1 2-2 4, Trupuano 2 0-0 6, McCoy 1 1-1 3, R. Reitter 1 0-2 2, Mikula 2 0-1 5, Buffington 0 1-2 1, Nutter 1 0-0 2, G. Reitter 0 0-1 0. TOTALS: 21 10-15 59. 3-pointers: 7 (Haught, 2, Trupuano 2, Spencer, McUmar, Mikula); Rebounds: 44 (R. Reitter 10); Turnovers: 8.

BROOKE (0-15): Brown 1 0-0 2, Williams 3 1-5 7, Rasz 1 2-4 4, Lilly 7 2-5 16, Yost 3 0-0 6, Coursing 0 1-4 1, Willis 2 1-1 5. TOTALS: 17 7-19 41. Rebounds: 33 (Yost 10); Turnovers: 11.

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