The Brookwood juvenile AAA Bullets dropped a close one to the Dawson Blues Sunday afternoon at Riverdale High School in Pierrefonds, losing 96-83. The game reached its peak of intensity in the last minutes of play as Brookwood head coach Joey McKitterick got a technical foul for shouting his anger at the referees. He was expulsed from the gymnasium as a result.
"My kids didn't come out to compete. They need to work a little bit harder. In the second half, our tough shots didn't fall anymore. The fact that we were taking tough shots in the first half didn't translate into the second half. We couldn't make it. We're going to work on playing more as a team and competing harder in the future," said McKitterick.
The game had started well for Brookwood. Godsman Kcurckwch got a three-pointer at 2:15 to break a 2-2 tie. The Bullets managed to forge a 12-8 lead with four minutes remaining but Dawson came back from behind to tie the game at 12 a minute later. Brookwood was however able to take a comfortable lead before the end of the quarter.
Point guard Jalen Rosel was fouled later on as he tried to hustle to the net. He netted his two free throws to make the score 19-12. Cyrus Senior got a three-pointer twenty seconds later to put his team even more in the driver's seat.
Rosel with a nice lay-up made it 23-12 with one minute left on the scoreboard. The first quarter ended with Brookwood in a comfortable position, sitting at 23-15. Brookwood kept the lead in the second quarter but Dawson put up a good opposition scoring 18 points to Brookwood's 17. The score after two quarters was 40-33.
The Blues really picked up their game in the third quarter. They rapidly bridged the gap that separated them from Brookwood thanks to Kasheed Thomas' two free throws and three-pointer as well as two other rapid scores from Dawson teammates to tie the game at 42 at the third minute. From that point on, the two teams exchanged the lead on numerous occasions finishing the quarter at 67-67.
Dawson's James Tyrrell's two free throws and three-pointer early on in the fourth quarter really got things going for Dawson who led 75-70 after 3:45 of play. A good hustle by Rosel tightened up the score to 75-72 but the Bullets never got closer to tying the game than that as the Blues took control of the court, scoring 21 points in the last six minutes.
Justin Owen Renwick and Thomas with seven points each were sparks in the Dawson's late-game push to victory.
"The energy we put in changed between the two halfs. I told them 'you guys can't give up.' We played with a sense of urgency afterwards. In the first half, they were playing very timid, not playing how we usually play but our guys picked it up. They stepped up with their energy. They made the right passes and our defence really brought us back in the game," said Dawson's head coach Gil Manon-Og.