Everett’s year ends in final seconds
By Dan Isenberg
JOHNSTOWN — Warriors always battle until the end, even when things aren’t looking great.
The Everett Warriors lived up to that moniker Thursday night at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Sports Center against the Brookville Raiders.
Seth Price laid in a bucket to put Everett up, 44-43, after Jared Colledge saved a loose ball from going out of bounds and Warriors coach Adam Phipps called a timeout.
However, the Raiders’ Jack Krug hit a layup on the other end with 18.5 left to go up and they never looked back. Jace Miner and Aaron Park combined for three free throws to close things out and Brookville claimed the District 5-9 Class 3A subregional title, 48-44.
“It’s a very tough loss,” Phipps said. “It just didn’t go our way tonight. We didn’t make some shots when we needed to. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
Brookville opened the fourth quarter, down 34-27, on an 8-2 run. It was ultimately part of a 21-point fourth-quarter stretch for the Raiders with Miner and Robert Keth each making 3-pointers. Everett was held to four points in the final 2:16 of the game.
“They got on a roll making some 3-pointers and they got a little bit of a run there,” Phipps said. “Basketball is a game of runs and they got on one there. We fought back, but it just wasn’t enough.”
Everett ends the season at 20-3 and graduates five seniors in Nathaniel Maxwell (game-high 14 points), Trenton Clites, Jared Colledge, Elijah Treece and Bryson Clingerman.
“We’re really going to miss the seniors,” Phipps said. “It’s going to be difficult to replace those guys.”
“It stings,” Phipps said. “We were just a couple of plays away. I thought there was a charge on the made basket that took the lead. I thought that was the difference in the game. We didn’t get a call, and that’s just the way it goes.”
The Warriors opened the game up 15-9 after the first quarter, finishing the opening frame on a 7-0 run. Colledge and Treece each drained 3-pointers and the Warriors were out ahead, 23-17 at the break.
“First half, we got into rhythm, made some shots. I thought we came out a little flat in the third quarter. We got a quick basket, then a foul, then we lost it,” Phipps said. “It’s unfortunate.”
Brookville coach Dalton Park said that he was starting to get a little worried early on when Everett went on its early roll, but pointed out that the Raiders have played several games like that during the season.
“Credit to my guys, they don’t give up. They keep working,” Park said. “We come out and always do a 1-2-2 zone press and it works wonders for us all year and (Everett) had it down. We came down and hit some shots, and then went to a full-man press, which is where I think things started to turn for us.”
Coach Park said he was most proud of junior Aaron Park, who went down with a knee injury and needed to be helped off the floor.
He had seven rebounds prior to the injury before returning to hit three essential foul shots for the Raiders in the final moments of the game.
“When my big gun went down with his knee again, the five guys in there were in that full-man press without him, and we stuck right in there. We got some turnovers. Maybe sometimes we didn’t get the turnovers, but (Everett) didn’t set up in their offense like they normally do, and I think that was the difference. We started to realize that we were in this.”
Brookville also managed to take away the 3-pointer from Everett in the second half, holding them to just 1-of-4 attempts from the arc after making five in the opening half.
“We wanted to make sure that we were tight on them,” Coach Park said. “They knocked down wide-open shots. We wanted to make sure that they just didn’t have a shot uncontested.”
BROOKVILLE (48): Miner 2 1-2 7, Keth 3 3-4 11, Baughman 0 0-0 0, Cable 1 0-0 3, Gilhousen 0 0-0 0, Krug 6 0-1 12, Park 2 3-4 7, Byerly 4 0-0 8. Totals — 18 7-11 48.
EVERETT (44): Clites 0 0-0 0, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Colledge 2 0-0 6, Price 3 1-1 7, Maxwell 4 3-4 14, Mills 2 0-0 4, Clingerman 0 0-0 0, Treece 4 4-4 13. Totals — 15 8-9 44.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Brookville 9 8 10 21 — 48
Everett 15 8 11 10 — 44
3-point goals: Brookville 5 (Miner 2, Keth 2, Cable); Everett 6 (Colledge 2, Maxwell 3, Treece).
Records: Brookville (14-8); Everett (20-3).
Officials: Sam Zambanini, Craig Stahl, Gary Smith