Brookville dismantles Karns City, 72-25

BROOKVILLE — It just wasn't a good night to be a Karns City boys' varsity basketball fan.

After knocking down a three-pointer to start the game, the Gremlins failed to score again until the 5:44 mark in the second quarter.

Oh, and the Raiders couldn't miss a shot, either.

Brookville quickly erased the deficit by outscoring its opponent 26-3 in the first quarter alone en route to an overwhelming 72-25 victory.

That one-sided score could have easily been even worse had both teams not emptied the benches late in the first half and throughout the second half.

It took the Raiders midway through the third quarter before the mercy rule kicked in, allowing the game clock to continuously run. The mercy rule clock was a microcosm of the Raiders all night long, as Brookville continuously made basket after basket and had its way with the Gremlins from the jump.

"We had a lot of kids get varsity experience (tonight)," Brookville head coach Bud Baughman said. "I thought in certain aspects of the game, we did real well. I thought we shot the ball really well from the outside, and that opened up the inside."

The outside shooting performance by the Raiders was not only their best this season, but perhaps the best the team has shot all of last season as well.

Dan Ion was 3-for-3 behind the arc in the first quarter alone before finishing with 15 points. Ion made all four three-point attempts he took in the contest.

The sharp-shooting continued for the entire team as Brookville turned a 26-3 first-quarter advantage into a 43-16 halftime lead.

"So far, so good," Baughman said of his team's shooting ability this early in the season. "I'm not surprised at all. Some of these kids have shot the ball a ton over the summer, and it doesn't surprise me one bit."

Spelling Ion and the rest of the Raiders from the outside was Zane Hackett down low.

Karns City had zero answers for the big man in the post, continually gaining position underneath and working for easy baskets and free-throw attempts.

"When they have to guard us around the perimeter, it makes the inside open up a bit more," Baughman said. "That's what we're hoping for."

Hackett finished with eight points in limited action while Jared Heschke tallied 11 points down low. Adam Dennison came off the bench and added six from inside the paint.

Baughman finished with 12 points to round out the solid game.

Despite the near-flawless effort on offense for Brookville, Baughman said he wasn't overly impressed by the Raiders' defense, a group that held Karns City to three first-quarter points and two third-quarter points.

But then again, a head coach can always find something to work on.

"I wasn't that impressed (with our defense). Karns City was having one of those nights where they were having trouble making a shot," Baughman said. "I don't think our defense was that good, to be totally honest. We'll look at the tape, but I didn't think our defense was anything special."