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DeRuyter Pulls Away To Beat Brookfield In Semis

Brookfield’s unexpected run through the boys basketball playoffs came to an end Saturday after putting together an amazing last month of play.

Central Counties League foe DeRuyter, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class D for much of the year, remained unbeaten after 23 games with an 81-61 win over the Beavers at Onondaga Community College Saturday afternoon. Brookfield’s season ended after 12 wins and 11 losses with a five-game win streak that took them to the semifinal Section Three game as the No. 13 seed.

Brookfield played the Rockets close through the first half, even taking a 23-22 lead early in the second quarter. But missed shots, particularly from the 3-point line, turnovers and early foul trouble hindered BCS for much of the game and hurt their effort for another upset.

Both schools had crowds cheering them on from the OCC Arena. Brookfield’s turned up the noise when Caleb Worden’s rebound and pass to Kodie Abrams led to a 5-2 lead following a 3-pointer by Kaden Ondrako that put the Beavers on the board.

Worden, a senior in his last game, tallied a double-double of a team-high 18 points and 12 rebounds, along with 5 blocks. Abrams, a junior, scored 13 points that gave…

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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