Boys basketball: Reserve Brown a boost as Skyhawks top Dots
MADISON, W.Va. -- Junior center Dylyn Brown is known for giving the Scott Skyhawks a spark off the bench.
On Tuesday, however, he provided not a spark, but an explosion.
Brown scored nine points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, but it was his hustle on a third-quarter possession that proved to be the difference in Scott's 39-35 Cardinal Conference victory over Poca on Senior Night.
With Class AA sectional tournaments beginning next week, the No. 10 Skyhawks improved to 13-9 in their regular-season finale. The No. 3 Dots dropped to 15-5 with their third consecutive loss.
"Coming off the bench, my main job is to get rebounds and score when I can," said Brown, who made all four of his field goal attempts against Poca. "I just do whatever the team needs me to do."
With 3:38 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Dots had their biggest lead of the game at 33-23. Brown was fouled and made the first of two foul shots. He missed the second, but grabbed the rebound and passed it to the perimeter. Ten seconds later, he scored on a layup to cut the deficit to 33-26.
Scott Coach Nick Cabell and Poca Coach Allen Osborne each described the possession as "the turning point."
"If it weren't for Dylyn, we would have lost," said Cabell, whose team won its first eight games but has lost nine of its last 14 games. "The gym was full of energy after that, and we carried that momentum with us the rest of the game."
Brown also accounted for another pivotal play when he scored the go-ahead basket on a rebound and putback, giving the Skyhawks a 34-33 lead with 4:52 remaining in the game.
Neither team scored again until junior point guard Cody Brown clinched the win with an unexpected 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. Brown was 0-for-4 from the field, including 0-for-1 from behind the arc, before his clutch shot.
"That was huge," Cabell said.
Sophomore guard Noah Frampton finished with a game-high 18 points for Poca, with 13 of those coming before halftime.
"We didn't want to let him beat us, but he almost did," Cabell said of Frampton, who made a game-winning, buzzer-beating turnaround jumper in the Dots' 40-39 win against the Skyhawks on Jan. 11 at Poca. "In the first half, we let him get loose way too much. In the second half, we did a much better job on him."
The Dots did not score from the 3:56 mark in the third quarter to the 0:01 mark of the fourth quarter, with a last-second putback by junior guard Cameron Cottrill accounting for their only points during that stretch.
Cottrill finished with eight points, six rebounds and four steals for Poca, which also received nine points from sophomore forward Matthew Chandler.
The Skyhawks outscored the Dots 11-2 in the decisive fourth quarter.
"In the second half, we quit trying to score," said Osborne, whose team will wrap up the regular season with a home game against Wayne on Thursday and a road game against Charleston Catholic on Friday. "We were more interested in running an offense. It was 33-23, and we couldn't put them away. We can't take possessions off. We have lost three games like this, and it is frustrating."
Sophomore power forward Logan Webb scored a team-high 10 points for Scott, followed by sophomore small forward Eric May with seven and sophomore center Anthony Sigmon with six.
Senior shooting guard Matt Dolan, who is the Skyhawks' leading scorer and team captain, had only four points against the Dots.
"If you would have told me before the game Matt Dolan would go 2-for-12 and we would still win, I would have told you you were crazy," said Cabell, whose team committed 21 turnovers in its January loss to Poca. "If you would have told me before the game we would score only 39 points and we would still win, I would have told you you were crazy.
"If you would have told me before the game we would have 14 turnovers and we would still win, I would have kissed you because that is one of our best nights of the year. Protecting the ball has been a big issue for us this season, but we did a much better job tonight."