BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Blue Devils defeated the Eaton Eagles 58-51 last week to raise their record to 4-4. Brookville is now 2-3 in the SWBL West Division race.
The win was satisfying as Brookville played team basketball and the result was the team’s fourth win at home. Brookville has yet to lose this season at friendly confines of the Devil’s Den. Brookville shot the ball well, making over half their shots and only tried 11 three point tries in the game.
The Devils consistently worked the ball for mid-range jumpers and lay in opportunities. The Blue Devils hit 22 of 41 shots, making four of 11 from long range. That means Brookville was 18 of 30 from inside the arc. The Blue Devils also made 10 of 14 free throw attempts.
Eaton took an early lead, scoring the first five points of the game. However, Brookville battled back and worked for good shots. Twice Jace Wood scored on back door cuts. Wood also hit a short range jumper for six points in the initial quarter.
Brendan Fisher drained a trifecta; Dominic King had a hoop and a free throw; Braedan Smart made a basket and Jake Jennings drained a pair of free throws. Ramy Ahmed led Eaton with seven points in the period. The first period ended with Brookville leading 16-12.
The Devils increased the lead to ten at 22-12 in the second period but then saw the Eagles soar back into the game and tie it up at 25 late in the period. However, Brookville got the final five points of the first half and held a five-point lead at the break 30-25.
Eaton got four points each from Connor Bach and Beau Miller in the period. Brookville scoring saw five players contribute points. Wood had five on a basket and a three-pointer. Fisher made his second trifecta of the game. Dom King, Braedan Smart and Keegan Mehr each made a basket also.
Brookville extended the lead to eight points after the third stanza. The score was 46-38 Blue Devils as the game would head into the final quarter. Beau Miller started scoring for Eaton. The senior scored nine points in the frame.
Brookville countered as Fisher scored six points both on three-point plays, one the old-fashioned way with a hoop and free throw. The second on the modern long-distance shot. Cole Crabtree scored four points, one layup and a pair of free shots. King, Smart and Wood each added a hoop.
Eaton did get to within three points a couple of times in the final quarter, but Brookville would eventually seal the deal with free throws and lay-ins. King scored six points in the period as did Fisher. Four of Fisher’s points were free throws. Eaton had only three baskets in the final quarter, but made seven free throws in the frame. In the end Brookville prevailed 58-51.
Scoring for Eaton has Beau Miller with 18, Ramy Ahmed 11, and Leslie Orr nine points.
Brookville scoring and stats show a career game for Brendan Fisher. Fisher scored 18 points, snared five rebounds, had three assists and a steal. Dom King had a career high 13 points, four assists, and two rebounds. Jace Wood scored 13 markers and had one rebound, one assist, and one steal. Braedan Smart had six points and three rebounds. Cole Crabtree had four points, four assists, and two steals. Keegan Mehr and Jake Jennings each added two points.
Brookville as a team snared 15 rebounds, had 14 assists, six steals, and two blocked shots.
The Blue Devils will play in the Franklin Monroe Jet Holiday Classic this week. Brookville will play Mississinawa Valley Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils, if they can win, will play at 7:30 on Thursday against the winner of the second game between Mechanicsburg and the host FM Jets. Brookvillesports.com will broadcast the varsity games. Because of winter weather you can keep up with Brookville sporting events and schedules on Brookvilleathletics.com
By Bill Idle Contributing writer