Brookside Cardinals net first win of the season, defeating Clearview Clippers

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Brookside guard Alex Robinson cheers after sinking a go-ahead free throw during overtime against Clearview on Friday night at Brookside High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Clearview’s Gerrell Williams, right, attempts a go-ahead shot during the closing minutes of regulation against Brookside on Friday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Jason Young (right) and Nathan Keith (left) both dive for a loose ball as time runs out in regulation against Clearview on Friday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Clippers' Gerrell Williams, center, attempts to get to the basket in overtime against Brookside on Friday night.

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — It was only appropriate for Brookside have to go a longer than usual to garner its first win of the season.

After watching an eight-point lead dissipate in the final minutes of regulation, host Brookside re-established itself with good rebounding and solid defense. They hit key free throws down the stretch to nab its first win of the year with a 66-60 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover victory over Clearview Friday.

“I told the kids before the overtime not to let a few minutes affect what they have done the whole game,” Brookside Coach Brent Schremp said. “They went back out and started out established themselves like they did in the first quarter. Being in close game already this season, it was nice to get a win.”

The Cardinals (1-3, 1-0) held a 58-50 lead before Clearview (1-1, 0-1) went to a full-court man-to-man trapping defense. The result was eight straight points — all by junior Gerrell Williams (game-high 24 points). The run was capped off after a steal by Clifton Brown which led to Williams hitting a short jumper with 40 seconds left.

After forcing a turnover, Clearview’s attempt for a game-winner rimmed out as the buzzer sounded to force overtime.

The two teams traded baskets early on, but the Clippers’ offense went awry turning over the ball three times and missing on its next three shots, but still managed only to trail by two, 62-60. Alex Robinson and Nathan Keith each made a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Cardinals.

“To get our first win of the year, for it to be a conference win and against Clearview is big for us,” Robinson said. “We have been in close games all year, so it was a matter of us staying strong with the ball.”

Robinson and Keith tied for team-high honors with 14 points each as Brookside had four players in double figures. Keith’s points and seven rebounds off the bench were a key for Brookside in helping continue its inside scoring.

“We wanted to see what kind of spark he (Keith) could give us off the bench,” Schremp said. “We tried it last game, but he was a little too aggressive. He was relaxed and gave us a spark. He did a heck of a job and I’m very happy for him.”

Robinson was instrumental in the fourth quarter. His ability to drive to the basket gave the Clippers’ defense fits throughout the game. In the first quarter, he was able to get into the lane and dish it off to Kelvin Jones (eight points), Mitto Agosto (10) points or Keith to help Brookside hold a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

They held a 30-26 lead at the half only to see Clearview eventually take a 37-26 lead. Brookside regained the lead quickly before ending up tied at 42 at the end of the third quarter.

“We didn’t play well enough to win,” Clearview John Szalay said. “Give Brookside credit, they came out and played with a sense of urgency. When you fight so hard to come back and tie or take the lead, you can’t give it right back up which we did.

“The problem is us. We’re not applying ourselves. The mistakes are correctable, so we will work on correcting them.”

Besides Williams, Daimon Knowles had 12 points to pace the Clippers.

Clearview continues conference action next Tuesday when they host Black River. Brookside travels to Columbia the same day.

Brookside 66, Clearview 60, OT

Patriot Athletic Conference - Crossover

CLEARVIEW — Gerrell Williams 10-4 24, Eric Burkey 2-2 8, Clifton Brown 2-0 4, Daimon Knowles 3-4 12, Jason Young 3-0 6, Darin Sturgill 2-0 6. TOTALS 21-10 60.

BROOKSIDE — Cameron Drew 5-2 13, Alex Robinson 6-2 14, Kelvin Jones 3-2 8, Mitto Agosto 4-2 10, Nathan Keith 6-2 14, Christian Gray 3-0 7. TOTALS 26 10 6.

3-POINT GOALS — C: Burkey (2), Knowles (2), Sturgill (2), B: Drew, Gray.

Score By Quarters

Clearview (1-1, 0-1) 9 17 16 16 2 — 60

Brookside (1-3, 1-0) 17 13 12 16 6 — 66

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Clearview 21 of 57 (37 percent), Brookside 26 of 50 (52 percent).

Free Throws — C 10 of 11 (91 percent), B 10 of 13 (77 percent).

Rebounds — C 24 (Williams 5), B 37 (Jones 10).

Turnovers — C 16, B 22.

J.V. — Clearview, 35-26.

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Last Updated: 12/7/2012 11:53:36 PM EST

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