Mohigans boys barrage Brooke with 3-pointers

Morgantown shooters sharp in an easy victory

It doesn’t take long for Tom Yester to tell you that outside shooting is the key to the Morgantown High boys’ basketball team.
Brooke found that out the hard way Friday night.
The No. 7-ranked Mohigans connected on 11 3-pointers on their way to an easy 78-52 victory against the Bruins.
“I’ve always said if we can make our jumpshots, we’re a tough team to beat,” Yester said. “It opens up so much of our offense and it allows us to spread the ball around.
    “We were hot tonight. When you hit 11 3-pointers, that’s a pretty good night.”
    The night marked the first game back for point guard Dusty Kerns, who missed the previous three games with a shoulder injury. The senior did not start, and will wear a brace around the right shoulder for the remainder of the season.
    The Mohigans (15-4) were without their leading scorer, guard Chris Carey, who was serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. Carey, who averages 18.6 points per game, was dressed in street clothes and sat on the bench for the game. Yester said Carey would be back in the lineup on Tuesday, when MHS plays host to Buckhannon-Upshur, on Senior Night.
    “The team kind of rallied around Dusty for the time he was out,” Yester said. “It’s good to see him back, he was a little nervous tonight. The reason he was able to come back as quickly as he did is because of his conditioning. Dusty has always been one of top guys in the weight room.
    “For Tuesday, we’ll have everybody back and we’ll have to see if we can get things going again.”
    Brooke (8-12) let an early lead slip away, as the Mohigans began to drop 3-point bombs and run away to a second consecutive win.
    John Oliver hit four 3-pointers to lead MHS with 16 points, but the senior guard had help. Jeff Lindsay, again starting for Kerns, had three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.
    “Got great guard production tonight,” Yester said. “It was a nice overall team effort. I thought once we got the ball rolling, we got our transition game going. We were able to get some run-outs and find our shooters in transition and we had some kids take the ball to the basket. We got a little bit of everything.”
    Marlan Robinson added two 3-pointers and a game-high 11 rebounds and the MHS bench scored 16 points.
    Brooke was led by Jay Lyonett’s 21 points and Gary Wallace added 18.
(7) Morgantown 78 Brooke 52
    BROOKE (8-12)
    Wallace 7 4-6 18, Simpson 0 0-2 0, Santangelo 1 0-0 2, Oliver 0 0-2 0, Lyonett 8 2-3 21, Taylor 0 0-0 0, Scheetz 4 1-3 9, Pugh 0 1-2 1, Baldauf 0 1-4 1. Totals 20 9-22 52.
    MORGANTOWN (15-4)
    Siriwardane 3 0-0 7, Lindsay 5 2-2 15, Oliver 5 2-2 16, Kerns 0 0-0 0, Q. Law 2 6-8 10, Hatfield 1 0-0 3, Robinson 4 4-4 14, Holt 1 2-2 4, Dunn 3 1-2 7, Lewis 0 0-0 0, E. Law 1 0-0 2, Saab 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 17-20 78. Brooke 13 8 15 16 — 52 Morgantown 17 21 20 20 — 78
    3-point goals—Brooke 3 (Lyonett 3), Morgantown 11 (Oliver 4, Lindsay 3, Robinson 2, Siriwardane 1, Hatfield 1). Rebounds—Morgantown 40 (Robinson 11), Brooke 32 (Scheetz 8). Junior varsity—Morgantown 70 (Long 13), Brooke 36.