Brookside Cardinals get better at closing, pull out win over Wellington Dukes

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — Brookside has been working all season to get better at closing out close games.

With tournament play right around the corner, the Cardinals took a huge step in that process Friday night, pulling out a hard-fought 67-63 win over Wellington in front of a packed house on senior night.

“First off, I’m very happy my seniors were able to get a win like this on senior night,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “They have been here four years working their butts off for us. It’s nice to see them pull this one out in their final home game. Great game.”

The game nearly ended in heart-breaking fashion for the Cardinals.

After leading the entire second half — even building a 14-point lead late in the third — Brookside found itself down by a point with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

A big basket from Nathan Keith gave the Cardinals the lead back at 60-59.

Brookside’s defense took control from there, getting four big stops in the final minutes to clinch the victory.

“I’m proud of the fight my guys gave, but it was just too little, too late,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, and we were prepared, Brookside just executed a little better than we did tonight.”

The Cardinals controlled most of the game by using their size advantage with Keith and Kelvin Jones, both 6-foot-5.

Jones was dominant throughout, extending possessions with offensive rebounds and scoring almost at will.

He finished the night with 17 points and 11 rebounds, six of which came on the offensive end.

“I thought the key to our success tonight was getting Jones going,” Schremp said. “Anytime we can establish our big guys, it helps the entire offensive flow. We are definitely an inside-out team.”

After jumping out to a quick 6-4 lead, Wellington trailed the remainder of the game besides the one possession left in the fourth.

After falling down double-digits in the third, the Dukes made a nice comeback led by Dylan Weidrick.

Weidrick, who got off to a slow start, went on an absolute tear during the second half, scoring 11 straight points for Wellington at one point.

He scored a total of 18 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 24.

Despite a well-played game from both teams, there was not much of a rhythm due to a ridiculous amount of fouls.

The game saw a total of 53 fouls called, and Wellington had four different players foul out.

Brookside shot double-bonus free throws the entire second and fourth quarters due to Wellington’s foul trouble.

“It was tough to run some of the things we normally do because of all the fouls,” Gundert said. “No excuses, Brookside deserved this win, but we really made it tough on ourselves with all those fouls. Hard to get past giving up 38 free throw attempts.”

The win gives Brookside some much-needed momentum as it approaches tournament time.

The Cardinals finish their season next Friday when they take on Firelands.

Brookside 67, Wellington 63

Patriot Athletic Conference

Stars Division

WELLINGTON — Dylan Kidd 2-6 12, Dave Clark 8-1 17, Dylan Weidrick 9-6 24, Tim Young 1-0 2, Joey Holliday 1-0 2, Jake Miller 1-0 2, Tony Walker 1-0 2. TOTALS 24-13-63.

BROOKSIDE — Alex Robinson 4-7 15, Cameron Drew 5-8 20, Kelvin Jones 6-5 17, Christian Gray 1-1 3, Tim Crinko 0-1 1, Nathan Keith 4-0 8, Nathan Kaleta 1-1 3. TOTALS 21-23-67.

3-POINT GOALS — W: Kidd (2); B: Drew (2).

Score By Quarters

Wellington(7-14, 7-8) 13 16 6 18 — 63

Brookside(7-14, 6-9) 15 19 18 15 — 67

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Wellington 24 of 63 (38 percent), Brookside 21 of 49 (42 percent).

Free Throws — W 13 of 21 (62 percent), B 23 of 38 (60 percent).

Rebounds — W 35 (Deidrick 15), B 36 (Jones 11).

Turnovers — W 16, B 10.

J.V. — Wellington 27-19.

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Last Updated: 2/15/2013 11:41:21 PM EST

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