BROOKVILLE — Thirty minutes into the boys' basketball game Wednesday night, it looked as if Brookville would have to wait another year to win a District IX League title.
The DuBois boys' basketball team came out and punched the Raiders (19-2, 8-2 District IX League) in the mouth to start the game. The Beavers (9-13, 4-6) played tough defense, shot the lights out and didn't allow Brookville to take the lead for three quarters of the game.
This caused some concern on the Raiders' sideline.
Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said the game started just like his team's loss to Elk County Catholic did Monday night.
"I was more than a little concerned," Baughman said. "Give DuBois credit; they came out on fire. I knew they were going to play hard."
The Raiders clawed their way back into the game and won 51-44, earning their first District IX League championship since 1965. Elk County Catholic also beat Bradford Wednesday night, meaning the teams are co-champions.
Brookville senior Kyle Baughman, who scored a game high 19 points for Brookville, said this was a special night.
"We started slow, but eventually, we picked up the pace and were able to get a win," Kyle Baughman said. "After winning a district title, this was definitely the next goal we wanted to accomplish."
DuBois jumped out a 22-14 lead in the first quarter behind the hot shooting of Nate Liddle, who made three three-pointers and finished with 13 points.
The Beavers wouldn't lose a hold on the lead until there was 5:35 left in the game. Raiders guard Dan Ion made a three-pointer to give the Raiders a 40-38 lead, which they held until the end of the game.
"Our focus wasn't where it needed to be in the first quarter," Bud Baughman said. "But the guys regrouped and came out focused in the second quarter."
Zane Hackett also finished with 14 points for the Raiders. Brookville will now have a week off before the start of the District IX playoffs. Brookville, the defending District IX champions, will be the top seed for Class AA.