PITSBURG – The D-III Brookville Blue Devils brought a perfect 8-0 season record into Saturday night’s championship game and defeated the D-IV Franklin Monroe Jets 73-58 to claim the Jet Holiday Invitational trophy.
“I can walk out the locker room knowing that we gave every ounce of effort,” said FM Coach Troy Myers. “We just have to surrender the outcome and know that you gave everything you could give – Brookville is a really good team.”
FM, the host team quickly fell behind 23-15 after one period of play with Ethan Conley hitting 7-points for the Jets.
Franklin Monroe battled back in period No. 2 to tie the score at 30-30 with 1:54 on the clock and would go on to lead 34-30 at the break with Conley scoring 11 second quarter points.
The Blue Devils took advantage of the opening four minutes of third quarter play on their way to a 28-point third while holding the Jets to nine, taking a 58-43 lead to the final period of play.
“I feel like we survived the first run in the first half – we weathered that storm, we got up by four at the half,” Myers stated. “The second run came in the third quarter. That was the four minutes in the third quarter- it was game over. I feel like we played pretty even the rest of the way.”
“You give that team a 12-point run – it’s really difficult,” added Myers. “There is a reason they are undefeated.”
The teams played even in the fourth, each scoring 15-points to give Brookville the win.”
“I feel like we are progressing,” Coach Myers said following the game. “Our younger kids are really coming and our older kids are helping which ultimately makes you a better team. I’m pleased with the way we walk out of here.”
Conley led Franklin Monroe and all scorers with a game high 27-points.
BROOKVILLE 73, FRANKLIN MONROE 58
BROOKVILLE – J. Gudorf 26, Wade Turner 19, AJ Eller 17, M. Willis 6, Wes Turner 3, D. Dominique 2 – TOTALS 20 9-15 8 73
FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Conley 27, J.Rhoades 10, K. Cool 9, C. Crist 6, J. Crist 6 – TOTALS 17 15-19 3 58
Brookville 8 (AJ Eller 5, Wade Turner 3)
Franklin Monroe 3 (E. Conley 2, K. Cool 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
23-07-28-15 73 Brookville
15-19-09-15 58 Franklin Monroe
PHOTO CAPTION: Ethan Conley scores two of his game high 27 points for Franklin Monroe in Jet Holiday Tournament against Brookville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)