BOYS HOOPS: Brockway pulls away from Sheffield boys basketball

Sheffield battled Brockway closely through three quarters, but ultimately fell short in the fourth as the Rovers escaped with a 56-40 victory on Friday at Sheffield High School.

The two teams traded buckets in the early going, before the Rovers went on a 9-0 run midway through the first quarter to open up an early lead.

Both Sheffield and Brockway struggled to find any offense in the second quarter, allowing the Rovers to hang on to their six point lead heading into halftime.

The Wolverines came out of the locker room firing, eventually regaining the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter, but Brockway answered back with a run of its own, and carried it into the fourth quarter to open up a big lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.

Brendan Winslow led the Wolverines with 14 points, while Shequan Wright added eight and Dylan McNeal six.

“We got off to a slow start and missed a lot of easy shots early,” Sheffield coach Todd Fitch said. “The kids battled back, but at the end we fell apart. The last three games we’ve let the other team get in our heads late and take us out of the game.”

The Wolverines junior varsity game had better luck, defeating the Rovers 55-39. Jimmy Vile had a strong game for Sheffield, finishing with 18 points, 14 of which came from the free-throw line.

Nic Confer also had a big game, putting up 16 points.

Sheffield (7-5) will be back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Tidioute Charter.

BROCKWAY (56): Bish 0 0-0 0, Crawford 0 0-0 0, Serafini 4 1-2 9, Esposito 1 0-0 2, Anderson 7 2-2 17, Jose 2 0-0 4, Perrin 3 3-4 11, Titler 2 3-4 7, Puhala 1 0-0 2, Olivio 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 9-12 56

SHEFFIELD (40): Dylan Reynolds 1 2-4 5, Brendan Winslow 6 0-0 14, Shequan Wright 4 0-2 8, Dylan McNeal 2 0-2 6, Tyler Fitzgerald 1 0-1 2, Chris Pederson 0 0-0 0, Adam Higby 0 0-0 0, Dan Pierson 0 0-0 0, Jake Johnson 1 0-0 3, Jim Vile 0 0-0 0, Nic Confer 1 0-0 2, Travis Peterson 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 2-9 40

Brockway 19 6 13 18 – 56

Sheffield 13 6 12 9 – 40

3-pointers: BAnderson, Perrin 2; SReynolds, Winslow 2, McNeal 2, Johnson.

Junior varsity game

BROCKWAY (39): Matson 0 1-3 1, Drall 0 0-0 0, Bush 0 0-4 0, Morris 0 0-1 0, Hawkins 0 1-2 1, Serafini 4 3-10 13, Haffield 0 0-0 0, Carr 0 0-0 0, Rogos 5 0-0 13, Embleton 1 3-6 5, Coss 2 0-0 4, Kline 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 10-26 39

SHEFFIELD (55): Brandon Kipp 1 0-0 3, Travis Peterson 2 3-6 7, Jake Johnson 2 0-2 4, Jim Vile 2 14-16 18, Adam Higby 1 5-6 7, Dan Pierson 0 0-0 0, Nic Confer 6 1-3 16. Totals 14 23-33 55

Brockway 13 10 9 7 – 39

Sheffield 15 15 7 18 – 55

3-pointers BSerafini 2, Rogos 3; SKipp, Confer 3.