BROCKWAY — After a loss to DuBois Central Catholic on Monday night, Curwensville’s next game on the docket would be an AML showdown against the Brockway Rovers. The 29-point loss on Monday against DCC seemed to fuel the Golden Tide’s desire to get one more win on the schedule, as playoffs for many teams loomed and the end of the season drew near. It had the feeling as though it was the final time the Tide would hit the court this season.
That seemed to ignite the Tide, and also the Rovers, as they would go back-and-forth the entire contest. One team would get a lead, then the other would answer back. Both squads would battle so hard, 32 minutes would not decide it. However, the overtime period would be the one to doom Curwensville, as they ran out of gas, falling to Brockway, 53-49, in what could easily be their best game of the year.
Early on, the Rovers would take a quick lead over Curwensville thanks to a pair of three-point shots by Marcus Bennett. After one quarter, it was Brockway with a slight 12-9 lead, but Curwensville would not give in.
The second quarter would belong to the Tide, as Ty Terry drained two of his five shots from deep range, scoring eight of the Tide’s 10 points in the stanza. Brockway was held to just seven points in the quarter, as their lead they had at the end of the first suddenly evaporated. Curwensville won the quarter, taking a lot of momentum into the locker room, despite the score being tied up, 19-19.
If the back-and-forth first half was any indication, the second half seemed to follow suit.
Much like in the first quarter, Brockway again had a slight hint of life in the third quarter. It was then that Lewis Painter found his groove, as he would drain six of the team’s 14 points in the frame. He would score a majority of the Rovers’ points in the second half, as he was held to a single field goal in the second quarter and scoreless in the opening quarter. He would finish with a team-high 17 points, one of three Rovers in double figures. After 24 minutes, Brockway held a 33-32 advantage, but the fire in the Curwensville coaching staff and the players was lit and now was burning like a raging inferno.
Although Curwensville’s high-scorer, Terry, was held in check in the fourth quarter, the Tide began relying on the rest of the team to get the ball in the basket. Terry finished with a game-high 23 points, but was held to only a field goal in the fourth quarter. That was when Danny McGarry would assist in going deep, draining six of his 13 points in the quarter, while Scott Condon and Trevor Lansberry made key foul shots to pull the Tide back in. Condon’s three foul shots would be his only points.
Still, the Tide would reel in Brockway, winning the quarter by the same margin as the Rovers did in the third. That one-point difference knotted the game up at 47 points each, and meant that extra basketball was in the works.
That final overtime period would see both Condon and Lansberry eventually see their exit as both would foul out. Lansberry would hit a field goal in the extra period, but that would be the only scoring Curwensville would see in the extra frame. A deep shot by Noah Adams, along with a jumper by Marcus Bennett and a foul shot by Alex Carlson would give the Rovers the decisive advantage to give them the victory. Both teams were worn out by the end of the night, but each acknowledged the other for the stellar performance, as did the limited amount of family members that were in the gymnasium.
Curwensville currently has a record of 3-13, which appears to be their final record as of now….
SCORE BY QUARTER
Curwensville 9 10 13 15 2 – 49
Brockway 12 7 14 14 6 – 53
CURWENSVILLE – 49
BROCKWAY – 53