DUBOIS — In what was a close game for most of the contest, the DuBois Beavers were able to pull away in the fourth quarter to best Brookville, 57-42, in the opening round of the Holiday tournament Friday night.
"We turned the ball over a little bit and we got a little impatient at times against their press and forced some things... I thought our transition defense hurt us even more than that with (not) getting back defensively and giving up a couple freebies," said Kevin Wolfe, Raiders varsity coach.
Nate Shirts was the top contributor for the Raiders, pacing them with a game-high 20 points, including three treys. He also grabbed five rebounds and tallied four steals. Jack Huggins was the only other Raider player to score double digits with 10. Point guard Tate Canavan added eight points, while Zack Byerly tallied four points and hauled in six boards.
The smaller Raiders couldn't contain DuBois' 6'5" Hunter Lydick in the first half, who dominated the paint with 15 points in the first half and 19 on the night.
"The first half, Lydick played great. We had no answer for him. He played a nice game; he's a nice ballplayer. We have nobody height-wise to match him, and certainly skill-wise he's a pretty skilled player," said Wolfe.
Just when the Raiders found a way to slow Lydick in the second half, his teammate Beau Shepherd got hot. Shepherd scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.
"They took advantage when we didn't collapse and we pinched down on Lydick. They kicked it out and got a couple of guys shooting the ball and making some shots, so it was kind of like pick your poison," said Wolfe.
The Beavers won the tip to start the game and Jon Mohney wasted little time scoring the game's first bucket. The next DuBois possession, Lydick began his reign of terror in the low post with a score.
With 4:35 remaining in the first quarter, Canavan ended the silence for the Raiders with a triple, cutting the DuBois lead to 4-3. The Raiders kept the game close for the remainder of the quarter, ending on a nice up-and-under score from Shirts that cut the Beaver lead to 14-12.
Early in the second quarter, Canavan tied the score at 14 apiece. Lydick then went to work again in the paint with eight unanswered points for the Beavers. Shirts ended the Beaver scoring run with his first triple of the night.
Brookville went in to the locker room at halftime down 26-17.
The Raiders struck first in the second half with a corner jumper from Shirts.
A pair of deep triples in the third quarter from Huggins helped the Raiders pull within seven, with the score at 32-25.
With 2:12 left in the third quarter, Canavan knocked down his second trey of the night to put Brookville within four of the tie, 34-30.
The Beavers answered back with seven unanswered to end the third stanza, pushing their lead to 41-30.
One final deep three from Huggins helped the Raiders pull within 10 halfway through the fourth quarter, but that was a close as the Beavers would let the score be.
DuBois controlled the rest of the game to win 57-42.