YORK TWP. — Valley Forge is becoming a staple in the Buckeye boys basketball team’s record book.
The Bucks tied a school record for points and recorded the largest victory in program history Tuesday while cruising to an incredibly easy 94-39 non-league victory over the Patriots.
The 55-point victory surpassed a 91-40 triumph over Valley Forge on Sept. 18, 2014, while the 94 points tied the mark set on two occasions — in a 94-65 win over the Patriots on Jan. 27, 2015 and in a 94-57 victory over Homer on Jan. 10, 1958.
“Our team as a whole is really unselfish,” said Buckeye point guard Brock Brumfield, who put up 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists in about 20 minutes of action. “We just wanted to move the ball and get everyone open shots.”
The Bucks (8-3) did exactly that, finishing 38-for-59 from the field (.644) while making 11-of-21 3-pointers (.524).
“We wanted to lock up on defense,” said shooting guard Anthony Watkins, who went 4-for-4 from deep while finishing with a career-high 22 points, six boards and two assists, also in about 20 minutes. “That creates good offense for us.”
Valley Forge (4-6) was the exact opposite, going 15-for-57 from the field (.263) while making just one 3-pointer in 20 attempts.
As bad as they were offensively, the Patriots were worse on defense. Whether they were playing a porous man-to-man or a lazy 2-3 zone, they continually gave up wide-open 3-pointers or uncontested layups.
“We wanted to get a flow going,” said Watkins, who had 14 points as Buckeye jumped to a 43-22 lead at halftime. “Once we saw something, we just attacked it.”
As bad as the final score was — Buckeye’s largest lead was 56 — it could have been worse.
Bucks coach Tom Harrington had his team play basic half-court, man-to-man defense the entire second half, didn’t play any of his seven rotational players over the final 10 minutes and had his second- and third-stringers hold the ball down the stretch instead of going for 100 points.
Still, the Bucks scored the first 24 points of the third period to go up 67-22 en route to winning the quarter 31-6, putting them ahead 74-28 heading into the fourth.
By the time it was over, everyone had gotten in on the fun. Thirteen of the 14 Buckeye players who saw action scored, and the one who didn’t, Jacob Doerge, had three assists in the final period.
“It was really nice to see them get some minutes in and get ready for next year,” Brumfield said of the bench players. “It was fun watching it.”
Even with Harrington substituting freely, the Bucks continued to execute. They made 13-of-17 shots in the third period and 8-of-13 in the fourth, meaning they connected at a 70 percent clip in the second half.
“Our coaches get on us a lot about taking care of a lead and playing smart basketball,” Brumfield said of the Bucks avoiding sloppy play down the stretch. “It’s due to the coaches.”
Among Buckeye starters, center Justin Canedy had 11 points, three blocks and an and-one dunk, power forward Adam Fauver had four boards and small forward Carter Hudak had three points, two boards and three assists.
Top reserve Spencer Imes, who isn’t 100 percent yet from a sprained ankle, played sparingly and had three points, while Mike Knoll had eight points and four boards.
The eighth through 14th players were just as good. Aaron Drew had eight points, Dominic Monaco had eight points and three boards in the fourth quarter and Owen Knittel and Jamie Geteian had five points apiece, while Clay Gunkelman and Cameron Imes also scored on Buckeye’s record-setting night.
“We enjoyed watching the junior varsity kids getting into a varsity game and doing well,” Watkins said. “It was fun.”
Buckeye’s junior varsity jumped to a 22-0 lead at the end of the first period and cruised to a 66-35 win. Knittel (16), Pat Midea (15) and Cameron Imes (10) scored in double figures for the Bucks.
Buckeye 94, Valley Forge 39
VALLEY FORGE 14 8 6 11 — 39
BUCKEYE 22 21 31 20 — 94
Valley Forge — John Quinones 2-2-7, Joey Browning 2-0-4, Connor Maricic 3-2-8, Joey Greer 1-1-3, Ryann Olivencia 4-2-10, Nick Kugler 1-0-2, Logan Sasse 1-1-3, Jake Hamilton 1-0-2, Seth Rohrabaugh 0-0-0, Ryan Sasena 0-0-0, Miguel Ortiz 0-0-0. TOTALS: 15-8-39.
Buckeye — Carter Hudak 2-0-5, Adam Fauver 1-0-2, Justin Canedy 4-3-11, Anthony Watkins 9-0-22, Brock Brumfield 5-1-12, Mike Knoll 4-0-8, Spencer Imes 1-0-3, Clay Gunkelman 1-0-2, Owen Knittel 1-2-5, Aaron Drew 3-0-8, Dominic Monaco 4-0-8, Jamie Geteian 2-0-5, Jacob Doerge 0-0-0, Cameron Imes 1-1-3. TOTALS: 38-7-94.
3-point goals — Quinones, Watkins 4, Drew 2, Hudak, Brumfield, S. Imes, Knittel, Geteian, Rebounds — Valley Forge 27 (Olivencia, Kugler 7), Buckeye 29 (Watkins 6). Assists — Valley Forge 5 (Olivencia, Browning, Maricic, Greer, Ortiz), Buckeye 23 (Brumfield 7). Records — Valley Forge (4-6), Buckeye (8-3). Junior varsity — Buckeye 66, Valley Forge 35.