Brookville boys win Seminole basketball tournament
By Nathan Warters
Lynchburg News & Advance
Sunday, February 18, 2007
 
RUSTBURG - Brookville's boys basketball team showed championship mettle Saturday night, and it has the hardware to prove it.

The Bees now hold both the Seminole District regular-season and tournament titles after beating Heritage 66-50 in the tournament championship game at Rustburg High School. They withstood some early-game jitters and a nine-point first-quarter deficit to complete the sweep.

"We're not a very experienced team in games like this," said Brookville point guard Matt Dunton, who scored 14 points. "We've played in front of crowds like this, but not with a championship on the line."

Forward Logan Thomas scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and guard George Williams added 16 points and six rebounds as Brookville (22-3) won its third straight game against the Pioneers (17-8).

Before this season, the Bees had only beaten Heritage twice.

"This just shows how much hard work we've put in," Dunton said. "It's not luck when you beat a team three times."

Both teams advance to the Region III playoffs and will host games on Tuesday. Brookville hosts the winner of Monday's play-in game between Alleghany and Liberty, and Heritage takes on Blacksburg.

The Pioneers started fast, taking an 11-2 lead before Brookville coach Chris Young took a timeout to coach up his players.

"They weren't going aggressively to the basket, and they weren't defending the ball screens," Young said.

After a poor shooting clip in the first five minutes (one for 10), Brookville heated up and went on an 18-6 run to take a 20-17 lead.

Heritage led 23-22 at the break, but the Bees opened the second half with a 10-2 run that put them in control, 32-25.

Brookville out-scored the Pioneers 19-8 over a seven-minute stretch in the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach.

Heritage post player Alvin Wright scored a game-high 23 points and had 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

"Everybody tries to stop Alvin," Heritage coach Dan Stephens said. "They did as good a job as anybody.

"I felt we forced some shots and we pressed a lot on the offensive end."