YORK TWP. — Brock Brumfield considers the four 12th-graders on Buckeye’s boys basketball team part of his extended family. He wasn’t going to let them lose on senior night.
The junior point guard exploded for 25 of his career-high 35 points in the second half Friday, leading the Bucks to a 64-54 victory over Wellington in front of an overflow home crowd.
Brumfield’s performance matched the sixth-highest scoring performance in school history. His spectacular show also cost the Dukes (18-4, 12-4) a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division, as Keystone ended up winning it outright with a 77-43 rout of Clearview.
The Bucks (16-6, 12-4) entered the night with hopes of finishing in a three-way tie for first and did their part by beating Wellington, but they needed Keystone to suffer a huge upset loss.
“I grew up with all of our seniors and have been in the same program with them since third grade,” said Brumfield, who added four assists and two steals. “This was their night.
“The atmosphere in the gym was unreal, the audience was amazing, and those guys deserved every moment of it. Playing with them and our great coaching staff, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Brumfield broke a 32-32 tie late in the third quarter with back-to-back fast break hoops, then buried a 24-footer at the buzzer. He finished with 21 points over the final nine minutes, including a personal 8-0 run that gave the Bucks their largest lead at 52-34.
Brumfield also scored 15 points in the second half of a Jan. 30 loss at Wellington, meaning he scored 50 points in the final 48 minutes against the Dukes this season.
“Brumfield did a great job getting in front of us and to the basket,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “We couldn’t stay in front of anybody all night and I’m not sure why, but give credit to Buckeye for playing a great game.”
Bucks senior center Justin Canedy also had a night to remember with 12 points, seven rebounds and 12 blocks, while junior shooting guard Anthony Watkins had nine points, four assists and a game-best five steals.
Seven of Canedy’s rejections were against Dukes center Maxwell Joppeck, who had 29 points and 16 rebounds and did everything he could to keep his club’s championship dreams alive. Brumfield called his teammate “a warrior who does everything for his school.”
“I definitely wanted to get back at Joppeck because he took it to me the first time we played them,” a smiling Canedy said. “Honestly, we all wanted revenge from that (53-49 loss on Jan. 30), but tonight was all about us, not keeping them from winning the league.
“We had a true home-court advantage and I’ll remember that the most from senior night. I’m glad our pep band was here to support us and the student section is always great, so I want to say thanks to everyone for coming out.”
Buckeye’s four seniors were all in the starting lineup and received a warm ovation when they exited as a group late in the fourth.
Power forward Carter Hudak grabbed six rebounds, small forward Spencer Imes collected eight points and four boards and forward Adam Fauver was part of a defensive shutdown that kept Wellington from attempting a foul shot for the first 28:40.
“I’m not surprised that our players came out like this tonight because they really are great kids,” Buckeye coach Tom Harrington said. “(Brumfield) came through when we needed him the most, which is the mark of a champion, and (Canedy) accepted the personal challenge of guarding the best offensive player in the PAC. I truly am proud of all of them.”
Pat Midea scored 14 points and Jacob Doerge had 12 as the junior varsity Bucks rolled to a 63-32 win in their season finale.
Buckeye 64, Wellington 54
WELLINGTON 2 17 15 20 — 54
BUCKEYE 13 5 21 25 — 64
Wellington — Ryan Whitaker 1-0-2, Noah Diermyer 0-0-0, Maxwell Joppeck 11-4-29, Colton Schmidt 4-0-9, Mason McClellan 1-0-3, Brandon Orozco 2-0-5, Nathaniel Shelton 3-0-6. TOTALS: 22-4-54.
Buckeye — Carter Hudak 0-0-0, Adam Fauver 0-0-0, Justin Canedy 5-2-12, Spencer Imes 3-0-8, Anthony Watkins 4-0-9, Brock Brumfield 12-9-35, Mike Knoll 0-0-0, Aaron Drew 0-0-0, Dominic Monaco 0-0-0. TOTALS: 24-11-64.
3-point goals — Joppeck 3, Schmidt, McClellan, Orozco, Imes 2, Brumfield 2, Watkins. Rebounds — Wellington 37 (Joppeck 16), Buckeye 25 (Canedy 7). Assists — Wellington 12 (Whitaker, McClellan 3), Buckeye 9 (Watkins, Brumfield 4). Records — Wellington (18-4, 12-4), Buckeye (16-6, 12-4). Juniorvarsity — Buckeye 63, Wellington 32.