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Spartans' rally falls short versus visiting Chartiers-Houston

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It was a valiant comeback, but fell slightly short of victory.

The Brentwood boys' basketball team dropped a tough 48-45 decision to visiting Chartiers-Houston in a Section 4-AA contest last week.

The Spartans dropped to 2-4 in the section and 7-6 overall, while Chartiers-Houston improved to 1-4 and 4-9.

Brentwood staged a furious fourth-quarter rally against the Buccaneers, whittling a 37-29 deficit to a 45-45 score with 38 seconds to go.

Chartiers-Houston led by two at halftime, then built up a 37-24 advantage on a Dylan Pounds trey at the 1:10 mark of the third quarter.

A Bill Madeja trey and two Jason Pilarski foul shots cut the gap to eight points for Brentwood at the end of the frame.

Tyler Kraska, a 5-foot-11 senior guard, ignited the Spartans in the early stages of the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer plus a pair of free throws.

Pilarski, a 6-1 senior guard, and Madeja, a 6-foot sophomore guard, converted a pair of slick Kraska assists into Brentwood baskets, as the home team trailed by two points with 5:15 remaining, and by five at the 2:58 mark.

Mike Kish, purely on second effort, scored off a rebound to make it a 44-40 game with 2:30 remaining.

After the Buccaneers hit one free throw, Brentwood sophomore guard Connor McWilliams, off another Kraska assist, closed the gap to 45-43 with 1:36 to go.

One minute later, Pilarski, on a drive into the lane, knotted it at 45-all. The Spartans had outscored the visitors by a 16-8 margin at that point in the final stanza.

But a three-point play on an inbounds pass with 20 seconds left by C-H's Miles Williamson, a 6-4 junior forward, provided the Buccaneers with their final three-point margin of victory.

Chartiers-Houston connected eight times from 3-point range in the contest, and was led offensively by sophomore guard Alec Ferrari's 18 points. Ferrari fired in three treys.

Pounds contributed nine points, while Williamson finished with eight points.

Three players attained double figures for Brentwood, which was led overall by Pilarski's 12-point total.

Kish, a 6-5 center, and Kraska accounted for 10 points apiece, while Madeja, McWilliams, Kyle Simmons, a senior guard, and Mike Andrews, a senior forward, rounded out the Spartans' scoring.

Veteran head coach Dave Mislan substituted freely in the contest, as no less than 10 players saw court time for the Spartans.

Brentwood's starting lineup consisted of Simmons, junior guards Matt Yasko and Justin Vickless, Kish and Pilarski.

Top subs included Kraska, Andrews, Madeja, McWilliams and 6-6 sophomore center Troy Elphinstone.

Brentwood wrapped up the first half of its section schedule in fifth place, trailing Seton-La Salle, Washington, Bishop Canevin and Burgettstown.

Chartiers-Houston and Fort Cherry pulled up the rear in the section standings.

The Spartans were riding a five-game winning streak last week before losing to Brashear, 58-53, in a nonsection game, and Chartiers-Houston.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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