Brownsville nips Charleroi in closing seconds
A last-second shot by Brownsville's Tre Durkin gave the Falcons a 54-53 win Tuesday and pulled them into a tie for second in Section 5 AA with Charleroi.
The win avenged a 55-52 Charleroi victory earlier this season.
Brownsville (13-4, 8-2) attacked the paint early, with center Christian Floyd getting Charleroi forward Brandan Bowman to commit two quick fouls fand forcing Charleroi coach Bill WIltz to go to his bench.
The Falcons made just two of their field goal attempts outside of the painted area in the early going. Charleroi (10-6, 8-2) was able to take a 16-14 lead into the second behind strong play from Jim Diaz, who had six points.
Charleroi pulled to a five-point lead advantage in the second quarter. But Brownsville rallied to take a 26-25 lead with a late surge. Two free throws from Jake Bevard were followed by a layup by Durkin, who was fouled on the play. He missed the free throw but Ryan Novotoney tipped in the rebound.
Charleroi tied the game up at 26 going into the half after Eric Johnson split a pair of free throws.
Charleroi took a 36-28 lead in the third quarter before Brownsville unleashed a 19-3 run led by Josh Mapstone, who had seven of the 19 points during the run.
“They went on something like a 10- or 12-point run to take all the momentum from us at the end of the third,” Wiltz said.
Charleroi stopped the run with a steal and basket by Johnson. The Cougars battled back with tough full-court defense and good post defense from Bowman, who had three steals during the late part of the fourth quarter.
Charleroi cut the lead to two and a Brownsville turnover gave the Cougars a chance to take the lead. A perfect lob pass from Johnson to Diaz resulted in the bucket in plus a foul to give to the Cougars a 53-52 lead with 22 seconds remaining.
The Cougars used their fouls to prevent clean drives to the basket, but they lost top defender Jim Diaz after he fouled out. Brownsville got the ball to Durkin, who made a running underhand shot to give the Falcons the win with one second remaining.
“I believe we outplayed them for 28 of the 32 minutes, but basketball is a game of runs and they made the run when they needed to,” said Wiltz.
Charleroi was led by Diaz, who led all scorers with 18 points, and Indorante who had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Brownsville got good performances from Mapstone, who had 14 points, and Floyd, who had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Both teams resume section play Wednesday with Charleroi taking on West Greene at home and Brownsville traveling to section leader California.
Bob Zynosky is a freelance writer.