Bears strike down Brooke
WELLSBURG — The Oak Glen and Brooke boys basketball teams had good looks throughout Tuesday night that did not drop, and both teams were snakebitten in the waning seconds of the game.
Trailing by three points, Brooke had one last look at the basket, but Nick Brown’s potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out, allowing Oak Glen to escape with a 60-57 victory inside the Brooke Wellness Center.
“No, they don’t come closer than that,” Oak Glen (7-4) head coach Jerry Everly said. “It was a real good game. Brooke played a heck of a game. They gave us everything we could handle. I don’t know what they were from the field, but they were productive on the offensive end. Usually, we play better defense, but they hit shots.
“I tip my hat to them. They hung in there. The ball just bounced our way. We faced some adversity, but we hung in there at the end. We battled, and we came away with the win.”
The Bruins missed two shots with less than 10 seconds left that could have tied the game.
“Those early turnovers we should not have had came back to bite us in the end,” Brooke (1-11) head coach Mel Coleman said. “I thought that we made two different runs. Like coach says, we showed a lot heart, but it was not enough.”
Trailing 59-57, the Bruins had a chance to tie it, but the shot was off of the mark. The Golden Bears had a chance to make it a two-possession game with 7.9 seconds left, but the first of two foul shots bounced off of the rim, while the second went through to give Oak Glen a three-point lead.
The Bruins got the look they wanted on their last possession, but the shot just did not drop.
Leading by three late in the game, some coaches choose to foul, while others choose to play things out. Everly did not choose to foul.
“We wanted to try and get a hand in the face of the guy shooting,” Everly said. “We were guarding around the 3-point line. We get up on them. We had the opportunity to foul, but I was afraid we would foul while they were shooting and they would get three free throws.
“With eight seconds left and they were dribbling the ball up the court, looking back on it I wish I would have fouled. The next time we are in that situation, I am going to foul. I thought our guys could play good defense. We wanted to get a hand in the face.”
“I didn’t think they would foul us,” Coleman said. “We do not shoot well enough for them to take a chance and foul us. We expected them to just play defense. We got off a nice shot — it just did not go in.”
Jacob Clark collected a team-high 17 points for Oak Glen, while Zach Taylor tallied 15 points. Brayden Mineard delivered 13 and Blake Perez produced 10.
For Brooke, Alex Isinghood netted a game-high 23 points, while Cole Sperlazza and Alex Lilly each tallied 11 points.
Oak Glen led 49-41 entering the fourth quarter, and Brooke spent the final eight minutes chipping away at its deficit before running out of time.
“They did not do anything different,” Coleman said. “They did the same things. They did not do anything different. We just did not execute.”
Isinghood scored eight of his points in the fourth, while Brown and Sperlazza each produced four. Isinghood and Brown each sank a 3-pointer in the quarter, but it was not enough to complete the comeback.
“Brooke played a lot of man,” Everly said. “They played man, and they had success with it. We were sloppy with the ball. If we hit some layups and made a couple of free throws, the game would not have been as close at the end.”
The Bruins scored the first four points of the game, but Oak Glen came back to take a two-point lead. Lilly drained a 3-pointer to give Brooke a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Golden Bears battled back and scored the first nine points of the second to build a 19-12 advantage. A 3-pointer by Taylor from the corner gave the visitors a 22-13 lead. The Bruins answered with an 8-0 spurt — keyed by a four-point play from Sperlazza — to pull within 22-21. The victors led 29-27 at halftime.
Oak Glen came out hot to start the third quarter, as the it built a 40-29 advantage. The 11-point lead was the biggest lead for either team in the game. The Bruins battled back and pulled within five points before a late 3 gave the winners an eight-point lead heading into the fourth.
“We could not find our rhythm,” Everly said. “Sometimes I think we play too fast for ourselves. We try to make a four-point play instead of just putting the ball in the basket. We have to fight through contact. Sometimes the officials call that, and sometimes they don’t. Either way, we have to be able to fight through that. We struggled to finish at times.”
Oak Glen won the JV game, 60-43. Konnor Allison tallied 16 points for the Golden Bears, while Eddie Marks collected 18 points for the Bruins.
Oak Glen: Scheduled to play tonight at Linsly.
Brooke: Travels to Weir High on Friday.
OAK GLEN: 10-19-20-11 — 60
BROOKE: 12-15-14-16 — 57
OAK GLEN (7-4): Patterson 2 1-2 5; Perez 4 1-2 10; Dailey 0 0-0 0; Z. Taylor 5 2-3 15; J. Clark 7 3-4 17; Mineard 6 1-5 13; Howard 0 0-0 0; J. Taylor 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24, 8-16: 60.
BROOKE (1-11): Anderson 2 0-0 6; Brown 1 1-2 4; Knox 0 0-0 0; Isinghood 8 5-6 23; Sperlazza 2 6-7 11; Lilly 3 4-6 11; Silver 0 0-0 0; Coursin 1 0-0 2; McCombs 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 17, 16-21: 57.
3-POINTERS: Oak Glen 4 (Z. Taylor 3, Perez); Brooke 7 (Anderson 2, Isinghood 2, Brown, Sperlazza, Lilly).