By RALPH COX
For the News-Register
WELLSBURG - After a slow start, homestanding Brooke clamped on a full-court, double teaming press that prevented Indian Creek from running it's half court offense.
Brooke’s Russell Schwertfeger dribbles around the guard of Indian Creek’s Blake Roar (11).
The Bruins scored 42 second half points in a 60-44 romp on Saturday night.
Brooke, with a decidedly taller team, also controlled the boards to the tune of 35-18 with sophomore Thomas Cole leading on the glass with 13 rebounds.
"We wanted to go to a 2-2-1 pressure zone starting off because we got back from Charleston (where the Bruins fell to South Charleston in the FCA Hoops Classic at the Charleston Civic Center) at 2 a.m. this morning," said victorious coach Dave Reitter whose club now stands at 3-2 on the young season. "We thought our legs might be a little tired and it backfired on us because we were passive about it."
That led to the Redskins (2-3) racing out to a 14-3 first quarter lead with senior Cody Durbin scoring five points.
"We were up 14-3 early, but we had three and sometimes four starters on the bench with foul trouble so we were just trying to make it to halftime," Creek coach Joe Dunlevy, said of his team's lack of offense in the second quarter.
The Redskins did not make a field goal in the second period with its only points coming on Blake Roar's two foul shots with 41 seconds left before the half. They were the senior's only points of the game.
"We had some non-intelligent fouls and we have to eliminate that so we can have our starters on the court all the time," Dunlevy, a 29-year coaching veteran said. "A team like Brooke gets into foul trouble they have a lot of depth. Right now we don't have a lot of depth, but we're working on it."
Reitter said the Redskins scored some easy points off his early zone defense so he called for pressure.
"That's our game, pressure defense," he said. "We called on some kids from our bench and they responded, did a great job for us and picked us up."
Reitter got 21 points from his bench players along with seven rebounds and three steals.
"I think that was the difference," Reitter said. "You know when you play Joe (Dunlevy) you're going to get an aggressive team that plays tough man-to-man that boxes out well. You have to eliminate what they do and they're going to be patient offensively.
"Cole controlled the boards for us and I got to feeling bad for him because he was getting beat up in there a little bit. He still stayed with it and kept pounding the boards. But you have to remember he's still a sophomore and he's going to get better as time goes on."
Brooke senior, Russell Schwertfeger led all scorers with 17 points including three goals from behind the arc. Two classmates, Justin Loughrie and Ethan Sole backed him up with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Sophomore Aaron Foldi scored 14 to lead the Redskins with senior Cody Durbin close behind with 13.
Reitter said 6-5 senior Joe Staffileno came off the bench and helped out on the boards, especially in the second half.
"I just thought all the kids responded very well to the situation and kept their heads in the game," Reitter said.
The Bruins outscored Indian Creek 15-2 in the second quarter to take a slim 18-16 halftime lead.
The Redskins got the lead back briefly midway through the third stanza at 21-20 when Andy Anderson made a free throw with 4:19 left on the clock, but the Bruins went on a 12-6 run from there to take command 32-27 going into the fourth quarter and then poured it on to the tune of 28-17.
Brooke will take a break for the Christmas holiday returning to action at Clarksburg next Friday and Saturday in the Robert C. Byrd mixer. They play RCB on Dec. 27 and Fairmont Senior on Dec. 28.
Meanwhile, the Redskins, who have played five games in nine days, return home to host Weir High Monday.