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Fourth quarter collapse dooms Raiders

March 13, 2011

Brookville senior Jared Heschke is fouled by Jeannette's Jordan Batts during the Raiders 68-57 loss in the first round of the state playoffs at Clarion University Saturday. (Photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

CLARION — Brookville coach Bud Baughman knew that after the momentum turned in the third quarter of the Raiders first round PIAA Class AA playoff game at Clarion University against Jeanette that his team was in trouble.

The Jayhawks (16-7) started to shoot the ball better and wore the Raiders (22-3) down on the boards.

Jeannette had all the momentum, and Brookville couldn't seem to stop the Jayhawks.

"I just think that during the third quarter, they hit a couple more shots that they didn't hit in the first half," Baughman said. "Our guys were tired and their legs got heavy in the second half."

Jeannette, the fifth-seed from the WPIAL, used a strong second half to knock off Brookville, the champion from District IX, 68-57.

Even though the Jayhawks won by double-digits, Brookville was ahead for nearly three quarters of the game.

The Raiders took an 8-2 lead to start the game and held a 34-28 lead at halftime.

Jeannette didn't take the lead until a Demetrius Cox lay-up gave it a 43-42 lead with 1:40 left in the third quarter.

The Jayhawks never trailed after taking the lead.

Brookville's 23 zone actually seemed to clog up Jeannette's offense and the Raiders were able to hold down Jeannette's offense for much of the first half.

Brookville's offense was productive in the first half as point guard Kyle Baughman attacked the rim and created a lot of opportunities.
He was seven-for-seven from the free-throw line at the half and he finished with a team-high 18 points.

Jeannette coach Adrian Batts said that his team seemed sluggish in the first half.

"I think it was a combo of being off for 13 days and we only scrimmaged once," Batts said. "The kids were ready for a zone, but we were being too passive. We wanted to make the game a full-court game and not a half-court game."

But in the second half, the Jayhawks dominated both sides of the ball.
Jeannette outscored Brookville 40-23 in the second half and went on an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter, extending its lead to 57-44.
Cox, who scored a game-high 22 points, put an exclamation point on the game, by dunking the ball with 38 seconds left.

Despite the Raiders' struggles in the second half, Baughman was happy with how his kids played.

"I'm proud of these guys," Baughman said. "We put a scare into them. I thought this was one of the best games we played from tip-to-tip."
This was Brookville's second consecutive loss in the first round of the state playoffs.

Last season, the Raiders fell to another WPIAL team, Washington, 57-34.

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