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Raiders down ECC to take control of District IX League

February 9, 2011

Brookville's Jared Heschke tries to get by Elk County Catholic's Darren Simons during the third quarter of the Raiders' 53-44 win Tuesday at Brookville. (Photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — Elk County Catholic wanted to challenge Brookville's defense on the perimeter Tuesday night at Brookville High School. The Raiders, to their credit, answered the Crusaders' challenge by limiting them to 4-of-26 (13 percent) from behind the three-point line en route to a 53-44 win.

Brookville head coach Bud Baughman was happy with how his team played on defense.

"I was definitely pleased with the way the guys played," Baughman said. "We had a couple guys who were sick, and they sucked it up and played well."

The Raiders' plan to contain the Crusaders' best shooters was to make sure they rotated around quickly on defense.

"I think we pushed out well on their three-point shooters," junior center Zane Hackett said. "We wanted to make sure that when they rotated the ball around that, we always had a hand in their shooters' faces."

Brookville's defensive pressure started to affect Elk County's offensive flow in the fourth quarter. After the Crusaders cut the lead to 32-31 to start the fourth quarter, the Raiders went on a 9-0 run to take a 41-31 lead.

Elk County couldn't get any closer than six points for the rest of the game and had to foul to catch up.

The Raiders (18-1, 6-1 District IX League) sealed the game at the free-throw line. Brookville shot 15-of-23 (65 percent) on foul shots.

"Near the end of the game, they had to foul because they were behind the eight-ball," Baughman said. "I just think we did a better job of attacking the rim and playing better on offense."

Both Elk County (15-4, 5-2) and Brookville traded the lead throughout the first three quarters. The game featured five lead changes, and the Crusaders last led 25-24 in the second quarter.

Brookville had three players score in double digits. Hackett led the team with 16 points, while Dan Ion and Kyle Baughman both added 11 points.

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