Bruins push past Potters

EAST LIVERPOOL–East Liverpool’s boys basketball team got off to another slow start and couldn’t claw its way back.

A mature Brooke squad beat East Liverpool 78-60 Monday night at Potter Fieldhouse as the Potters dropped their fifth out of six games.

East Liverpool falls to 8-10.

Brooke is 7-9 on the season.

“We got beat up tonight,” East Liverpool coach Nate Conley said. “Not only were they bigger and stronger than us they were better basketball players than us. It showed tonight.”

The Potters started the game down 9-1 but fought back only down five at the end of one quarter at 19-14.

The Potters came within two midway through the second at 21-19 but Brooke’s perimeter shooting would allow them to go on a 16-4 run. The game went into the locker room with a 37-23 Bruins lead off a buzzer-beater three from Justin Shelton.

“Our focus tonight was starting fast,” Conley said. “In our last few games we have been outscoring teams in the second half but the fast start didn’t happen.”

“We do very little communicating amongst each other and were getting beat up on the boards. We need to find some answers.”

This continues the Potters long stretch of games without practice. Potters have played five games in seven days.

“It’s tough right now because of how many games we are playing without practice,” Conley said. “We have to do a lot of communicating over the phone and text messaging about the stuff that we are doing. I thought at the beginning of the season we were gritty but they are young and we will get back to that.”

The Potters would get within 10 at 60-50 but once again Brooke’s perimeter shooting took away the Potter steam. Brooke’s Justin Pennybaker hit back to back three-point shots to make the score 66-50.

“Knocking down the perimeter shots really changed our outcome tonight,” Brooke coach Cameron Koehler said. “We have a senior heavy team and we have been waiting all season for them to come through for us. It’s coming to a point where they are starting to execute for us during crunch time.”

Pennybaker led the Bruins with 18 points.

“As a whole it’s been a lot better than it’s been all season,” Koehler said. “We played under control and were executing a gameplan more than we have in the past.”

Brooke was coming off a 57-56 buzzer-beater win over rival Weir High.

“For us to get a win that way it gave a huge momentum,” Koehler said. “Especially for the seniors it was a huge boost for them to go out on that win in their last time against them.”

Brooke’s roster fields seven seniors.

Also for Brooke, Logan Williams had 15 points and Shelton had 11 points.

East Liverpool was led in scoring by Gabe Roach with 23 points. Tre Jackson had 12 points.

“The guys need to get their confidence back and a game were we are all playing together,” Conley said. “It has been such a rollercoaster season and I’m sure we will be ready to play tomorrow.”

East Liverpool will host Harrison Central for the second time in four days today.

Brooke travels to Steubenville on Friday.


¯East Liverpool only made two field goals in the fourth quarter (Jackson three, Roach layup). Roach went 8 for 12 from the free-throw line and Nick Woodyard went 1 for 2 in the final frame.

¯In jayvee action, East Liverpool won 52-40.

For East Liverpool, Timmy Neal and Izaiha Browning had 12 points.

For Brooke, Brennan Secrist had 11 points.

BROOKE: 19-18-20-29–78

EAST LIVERPOOL: 14-9-23-14–60

BROOKE: Tripp Moore 2-0-4, Justin Shelton 5-0-11, Logan Williams 6-0-15, Evan Cuomo 4-5-13, Alexi Rasz 1-0-2, Michael Spitak 2-0-4, Justin Pennybacker 7-0-18, Brennan Secrist 0-0-0, Chucky Wellman 1-0-2; Garret Pauls 2-3-7, Joey Gregory 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 31, 8-17:78

EAST LIVERPOOL SCORING: Brennan O’Hara 1-5-7, Gabe Roach 6-10-23, Tre Jackson 4-0-12, Logan Torma 0-0-0, Izaiha Browing 3-0-6, Gannon Irvine 3-0-6, Jalen Moman 0-0-0, Nick Woodyard 1-2-4, Timmy Neal 1-0-2, Sabaan Razi 0-0-0, Cam Beverly 0-0-0, Travis Kidder 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 19, 17-28:60

Three-point goals: Brooke 8 (Pennybacker 4, Williams 3, Shelton), East Liverpool 5 (Jackson 4, Roach)