Senior guard Jake Brown attained his milestone moment in a win over Valley View
HAWLEY — Hungry for a win after a disappointing loss to Delaware Valley, the Bucks were amped up for Friday night's game.
Paupack played host to Valley View in a Division I-II crossover on the shores of the Big Lake.
Jim McGinnis' JV squad started the evening by sending the Cougar cubs back to their den.
The 60-44 win set the stage for the varsity Buckhorns and Jake Brown, now just six points shy of his 1,000th career point.
Valley View came out strong and took control early, putting up several shots, but seeing no results.
A grab by John Steffen was passed off to Anthony Bouselli who drove in for the Bucks first basket of the night.
Liam Callejas tallied Valley View's first deuce and Alec Rodway added two more off a fastbreak.
A trey by Brown cut his magic number in half and put the Bucks back in the lead as a thunderous roar erupted from the stands.
A foul sent Michael Rotell to the line for the Cougars where he went 1-for-2 to tie the game.
Then a bucket by Tony Rodio put Valley View back in the driver's seat; but, not for long.
Ending the growing anticipation, Brown sunk his second trey of the night to capture his 1000th point.
The game was stopped briefly to recognize Jake and commemorate the moment, but it was back to business before long.
Brown's 3-pointer put the Bucks in the lead, but the Cougars would come back hard with a 2-pointer by Rotell; two from the line by Max Kranick, and a trey by Rotell to polish off the period and put Paupack down 8-13.
The second quarter opened up with an inside basket from Bouselli.
Eric Miller followed that up with a bucket from outside the arc to tie things up. Two swishes from the line by John Steffen and a matched pair from Brown put the Bucks back in the lead.
Half of the period would elapse before there was any response from Valley View.
Rodway was good for two from underneath and Rotell went 2-for-2 after being fouled, but in the meantime Brown drove through traffic for an inside basket.
Jamel Blandling followed suit, and Brown capped off the half with a bucket, putting Paupack up 23-17.
Reports of fire engines arriving at the high school shortly after the second half began were greatly exaggerated, but the Bucks were ablaze!
Miller launched in his second trey while Brown added back-to-back jays
Nico Tereschak hit from inside for two and Steffen also contributed three to the Paupack cause.
The Cougars tallied only four during that stretch, but they soon doused the flames as Rodway, Callejas, and Rotell combined for six Valley View points.
With the inside lanes shut down the Bucks took to the outside as Brown, Brexel, and Miller all hit for three giving up just six points to the Cougars in the process.
At the end of three, the Bucks were up 44-33.
The sparring match continued in the last quarter.
Tereschak drained two free throws early on with added buckets from Bouselli. However, the Cougars countered with 2-pointers from Rotell and Rodio.
Brown bookended a deuce by Steffen with two visits to the line, yielding four more freebies for the Bucks.
Bouselli added another two as Rodway and Rotell continued to claw back at the Buckhorns.
As the clock wound down, free throws by both sides slowed the pace of the game.
While Valley View managed to close the gap, the Buckhorns prevailed, claiming a 60-51 victory and adding to their overall 10-4 record.
"We needed a good win at home after losing to Delaware Valley," Coach McGinnis said.
"Things started out well. Valley View had some problems boxing us out, but we mixed things up and allowed the guys to shoot from the outside.
"We were able to relax a bit in the second half and got some good transition points as well.
"Of course we're happy about Jake Brown getting his 1000th point as well, and it was nice to have that happen at home as well."
For his part, Brown was
"This was a big win for us," Brown added. "I'm friends with a lot of the Valley View players. We play AAU ball together, we hang out together, and they play a physical game. It was competitive but friendly."
Brown was humble about his milestone achievement but admitted it was good to reach that plateau. Rather than rest on his laurels, he's focused on the future.
"We have a big week coming up," Jake said. "Scranton Prep will be a tough match and then we face Honesdale at home, so there's a lot of pressure there too."
Score by Quarters...
WA (10-4) 8 15 21 16 – 60
VV (4-9) 13 4 16 18 – 51