SHEFFIELD — The Black River boys basketball team came into Friday looking for a season sweep against Brookside.
Those dreams were quickly dashed by a barrage of 3-pointers.
The Pirates dropped their Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division and regular-season finale 68-44 as the Cardinals made nine 3-pointers and shot 56 percent from the field.
“We didn’t execute our game plan well,” Black River coach Randy Endsley II said. “We didn’t locate their shooters. We didn’t get back on defense. The wheels just fell off. We knew coming in they could shoot the ball. They did a nice job of dribble penetration and that really hurt us.”
The Pirates (4-18, 2-14) led early, as they were able to work the ball inside to Jonathan Herb. The 6-foot-8 center scored a pair of baskets in the first four minutes but was held to a total of six points for the game.
Brookside (7-14, 4-12) went on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter for a 16-8 lead. Cardinals sophomore Tyler Horvath had three of his five 3-point field goals in the period.
Black River cut the Brookside lead to 18-14 midway through the second quarter, but the Cardinals extended to 31-21 at the half and put the game away by outscoring the Pirates 25-7 in the third quarter.
Senior River Wheeler led Black River, which trailed by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter, with 19 points. The Pirates held a 41-22 rebounding edge, with Herb and Zach Hawley leading the way with eight each. Herb also had five blocks.
Horvath led the Cardinals with 17 points, and senior Normal Elias added 14.
With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Pirates are looking ahead to traveling to Smithville on Tuesday for a Wooster Division III Sectional semifinal.
“We didn’t have success tonight, but we’ve won two of our last four games and the guys are excited to play Smithville on Tuesday,” Endsley said. “The coaches didn’t have a say a whole lot after the game tonight. We just got together as a team and talked about what we need to correct for Tuesday. Nobody on this team quit. Nobody is ready for the season to be over. We’re going to come out strong on Tuesday night.”
Black River’s junior varsity lost 42-35. The Pirates held a 28-24 lead heading in the final period. Sophomore Gavin Ford led the Pirates with nine points.
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Black River 44
BLACK RIVER 8 13 7 16 — 44
BROOKSIDE 16 15 25 12 — 68
Black River — Brennan Scheck 1-2-4, River Wheeler 9-0-19, Jonathan Herb 3-0-6, Zach Hawley 0-0-0, Caleb Poldruhi 2-1-5, Garrett Hord 0-0-0, Chris Valentine 1-0-3, Devon McLean 1-0-2, Jacob Reinhardt 1-0-2, Russell Schultz 0-0-0, Caleb Smionson 0-0-0, Jay Chidsey 1-0-3. Totals 19-3-44.
Brookside — Jacob Cole 5-0-11, Cody Mortensen 3-3-10, Nathan Brown 3-3-9, Tyler Horvath 6-0-17, Norman Elias 5-3-14, Dylan Smith 0-0-0, Connor Baughman 0-0-0, Cade Cook 1-0-2, Jon Wright 1-0-2, Malachi Sheffield 0-0-0, Exavier Ortiz 1-0-3, Tristen Ness 0-0-0, Jordan Sweeney 0-0-0, Andrew Mohrbach 0-0-0. Totals 25-9-68.
3-point goals — Chidsey, Wheeler, Valentine, Horvath 5, Elias, Cole, Mortensen, Ortiz. Rebounds — Black River 41, Brookside 22. Records — Black River (4-18, 2-14), Brookside (7-14, 4-12). Junior varsity — Brookside 42, Black River 35.