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Combing for 57 points at Waubonsie Valley on Thursday night, Jared Brownridge and Bryan Jefferson carried the Warriors to a 66-58 triumph over St. Charles East in an Upstate Eight crossover contest.
The duo notched 30 of the Warriors’ 31 second-half points, thwarting each comeback by the Saints (16-11). Waubonsie Valley (20-8) led 35-29 at the intermission, but the Saints rallied and knotted the game at 40-all with 2:15 to play in the third quarter.
St. Charles East’s zone defense surrendered a lone field goal in the quarter until Warriors coach Steve Weemer called a timeout. Brownridge promptly drained back-to-back three-pointers on feeds from Jefferson, and Jefferson added a bucket on an assist from Gary Sutton for a 48-40 advantage with 40 seconds remaining in the frame.
“They came out with a different look and it worked for them, but we found a way to break it,” said Brownridge, who poured in 35 points. “Bryan drove out to the wing and I curled around. We had a plan and executed it.”
St. Charles East trimmed the deficit to 54-52 at the 5:05 mark of the fourth quarter, but Brownridge answered the bell scoring his team’s final seven points. He scored on a dish from Jefferson (22 points, 11 rebounds and three assists) with 1:45 to play and added two makes from the charity stripe for a 64-56 margin.
“We had a little breakdown mentally, but give (the Saints) credit ...those kids are fighters,” Weemer said. “They play so hard and I knew they weren’t going to give up. Our guys battled when they needed to though.”
Dom Adduci led the Saints with 22 points including six three-pointers. He buried all three of his long ball attempts in the opening quarter when the two teams battled to a 17-all tie.
The Saints connected on 4-of-14 from the field, including 1-for-6 from the beyond the arc, in the second quarter while the Warriors hit 6-of-9. The Warriors capitalized and gained a 26-17 edge at the half.
Brownridge hit a 15-footer to begin a 9-0 run, and Jefferson finished the burst with a jumper and a coast-to-coast layup. Brownridge added two blocked shots in the second half.
“We were able to get the ball to Jared and that helped open things up,” Jefferson said. “I took advantage and curled to the basket and was able to get some buckets.”