Stofesky, Murano spark Brentwood
There were plenty of stars for the Brentwood boys' basketball team in its dramatic 59-49 double overtime win last week against Fort Cherry.
• Brentwood's Andrew Stofesky, a senior guard, hit from 3-point territory with 14 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 38-38 and send the contest into overtime.
• Fort Cherry's Phil Baker, a junior point guard, made a 3-point shot with three seconds remaining in the first overtime period to knot the score at 47-47 and send the game into a second extra period.
• Senior guard Jack Murano connected on a 3-point field goal to give Brentwood a 50-47 advantage in the second overtime. The Spartans maintained a lead the rest of the way, outscoring the home team by a 12-2 margin in the second overtime.
• Five players did all the scoring for Brentwood in the two overtime periods.
Bill Madeja, Troy Elphinstone, Stofesky and Matt Yasko accounted for the Spartans' nine points in the first extra session.
Elphinstone, Murano and Yasko, who was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line, combined for 12 points in the second overtime.
The Spartans ended up generating more points (21) in the two overtime periods than they did in the game's first half (18) or second half (20).
Elphinstone, a junior center who collected six points in the two extra periods, finished with a team-high 19-point total for the game.
Stofesky chipped in with 15 points for the Spartans, who improved to 3-4 in Section 4-AA and 8-6 overall with their third consecutive victory and fourth in five games.
Zac Dysert, a senior forward, led Fort Cherry (5-7, 3-4) with a game-high 20 points.
Brentwood avenged a 58-42 loss to the Rangers earlier in the season.
The Spartans are tangling with Chartiers-Houston and Fort Cherry for third and fourth place in the section.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.