YORK TWP. — The Buckeye boys basketball team obliterated one school record and, in an extreme act of sportsmanship, elected only to tie another Tuesday night.
In downing Brooklyn 94-26 in Patriot Athletic Conference cross-division play, the Bucks set a program record for largest margin of victory and tied the mark for most points in a game.
The 68-point win bettered a 55-point victory over Valley Forge on Jan. 16, 2018, which was one of three previous times the Bucks scored 94 points in a game.
Buckeye reached 94 with 1:42 to play and got the ball back with 1:10 remaining but ran out the rest of the clock.
“Anytime you can break a school record, it’s a great accomplishment,” backup center Logan Schulz said of the margin of victory. “We just had to stay classy, stay professional (in regards to total points). We just have to do what we do.”
The Bucks (12-2, 9-1), who extended their lead in the PAC Stars Division to two games when Keystone lost to Columbia, pressed only while taking a 30-11 lead after the first quarter, played a non-aggressive, man-to-man defense the rest of the way and removed all their starters with a 66-18 lead and 4:45 still left in the third period.
Brooklyn (1-12, 0-10), whose only win came against Monroeville, was missing six players due to illness and a seventh because he had to take his mother to the hospital, so the Hurricanes came out for pregame warmups with just six players until they were joined by seven others who played in the junior varsity game.
Brooklyn did take a 1-0 lead when Hunter Majewski split a pair of free throws after an incorrect starting lineup in the Buckeye scorebook — Aaron Drew replaced listed starter Anthony Watkins — resulted in the game beginning with a technical foul.
That led to a Brooklyn student standing up, thrusting his arms in the air and screaming, “We’re winning!”
It didn’t last.
Brooklyn had 16 of its 22 turnovers in falling behind 54-18 at intermission, at which time it had four rebounds.
Only point guard Majewski (14 points) finished with more than five points for the overmatched Hurricanes, who lost the rebounding battle 38-10, trailed 18-3 in assists and shot 2-for-20 in an eight-point second half.
“It’s a conference game, so it’s always a nice win to get,” said Cam Imes, who led the Bucks with a career-high 18 points while adding four boards and three assists. “It’s always nice to win at home in front of the fans.
“We prepare for all our games the same. We never take a day off. We prepared for them just like we prepare for Keystone and Fairview and everybody else.”
All 11 players on Buckeye coach Tom Harrington’s varsity roster had played by the 5:52 mark of the second period, and all had scored with 32 seconds left in the third quarter.
Buckeye was 20-for-28 from the field in the first half for a Ruthian .714 shooting percentage, including 12-for-13 on two-pointers. Until reserve Pat Midea (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) missed a 3-pointer with 4:38 left in the second period, 6-foot-7 center Michael Knoll (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists) was the only Bucks player to miss a shot, as his teammates started 13-for-13.
By the time this one was over, a ton of players had put up solid numbers for Buckeye. Point guard Brock Brumfield had 10 points and four assists, small forward Drew had 12 points and four boards and Midea, who also had 13 points in the junior varsity game, finished with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists off the bench.
Among other reserves, Jamie Geteian had six points, four rebounds and three assists, Elijah Walker had four points, six boards and three assists and Clay Gunkelman had nine points.
“They bring a lot of energy from the bench, so it was nice to see them get in there and show what they can do,” Imes said.
The highlight was the burly, 6-3 Schulz (11 points, 6 rebounds) burying the first 3-pointer of his basketball career, which began in fourth grade.
“It felt good when it left my hand,” said Schulz, who missed his first two attempts from deep. “Coach gave me the green light, so I decided I had to get one.”
The three officials in the varsity game wore red whistles and donated their game checks to the American Cancer Society.