Cameron Boys Down Brooke, 71-63
Four Dragons Score In Double Figures in Victory
CAMERON — When it comes to basketball, a successful team usually shows a well-balanced attack. The Cameron boys basketball team showed exactly that Friday night against Brooke. Four Dragons scored in double figures while two more tallied eight points in a 71-63 victory over the Bruins at Cameron High School.
“The boys were really focused. One of the things we wanted to do is play with defensive intensity,” Cameron coach Tom Hart said. “I think we did that. Also, we shared the ball and moved the ball really well. We went inside, out. Our scoring was pretty balanced. I think our offensive balance was good and our defensive intensity was really high (Friday).”
Cameron certainly showed a lot of intensity in the third quarter. After going into the locker room with a 34-21 lead, the Dragons picked up where they left off.
After a Brooke bucket scored by Andrew Coursin to put the score at 36-25 with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter, Cameron put together an 11-0 spurt.
Conner Howard scored the first five points while Connor Powell supplied the next two buckets. Logan Burkett capped the run to make the score, 47-25.
“That’s probably the best quarter we played all year,” Hart said. “Everybody that went into that rotation in the third quarter was clicking. It was nice to see. Overall, we were balanced on offense and we were very intense on defense.”
However, the Bruins didn’t throw in the towel. Down by 21 (63-42) with 5:34 left in the game, the Bruins’ saw some shots fall in the final moments.
Brooke scored 27 points in the final stanza and even trimmed their deficit to 10 after a Charlie Fuscardo 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds remaining. However, the hole was too big to dig out of.
“Not taking anything away from Cameron, I have so much respect for Coach Hart. He’s a good friend of mine, but that was just our worst effort of the season,” Brooke coach Adam Shinsky said. “The big thing (Friday) was for the first 18 minutes, they outworked us and wanted the ball more than us. They got to the basket stronger than we were and they just played hard.”
Trevor Beresford paced Cameron with a double-double. He netted 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Dragons while Cole Burkett netted a team-high 16 points. Freshman Lance Hartley tallied 11 points and nine rebounds and Powell rounded out the double figure scorers for the Dragons with 10. The junior also had eight rebounds and six steals.
Logan Burkett and Howard supplied eight points.
“Adam’s got a great team,” Hart said. “He’s done a great job with the Brooke program in the short time he’s been there. He’s got some nice ballplayers. He’s without his leading scorer (Cole Sperlazza) right now and hopefully he’ll be back soon. We knew he wasn’t going to quit and his team wasn’t going to quit. They’re well-coached and well-balanced as well. I wish Adam and his team all the best in the postseason.”
Alex Isinghood led the way for Brooke with a game-high 23 points while Dalton Anderson tallied 10.
Ryan Knox supplied eight points for the Bruins and Nate Taylor and Coursin both scored seven.
“It’s no secret we’re trying to build the program back here,” Shinsky said. “There hasn’t been much winning in the past several years and we’re off to a good start. We could be better, but they didn’t fold. They played hard, picked them up man-to-man and we made Cameron work for their victory. Hats off to them, they really worked for their victory.”