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There is an old Sicilian proverb: Vengeance is a dish best served cold.
Such was the case for the Brookville basketball squad, which avenged its loss to Jefferson Forest 36 days later.
Nobody on the Brookville team said anything about payback, but it was certainly front and center in the minds of the fans at the Beehive.
Playing in front of a raucous, packed house, the Bees could do no wrong, beating the Cavs in convincing fashion, 66-46.
The Cavs were hoping to repeat their 47-43 win over Brookville back in mid-December. Bee Logan Thomas and company had decidedly different plans.
Thomas put on a personal game-opening blitz, hitting three treys and driving home a thunderous dunk in the first four minutes of the game.
In spite of a pair of Colby Rhodes three-pointers, Thomas had staked his team to an 18-10 lead from which they never looked back.
“That’s as well as I’ve ever seen (Brookville) play,” said JF Head Coach Paul Smith. “Some nights, the other team is just better.”
Brookville’s Head Coach Chris Young was certainly pleased with his charges. “I’m super proud of how everyone contributed.”
Young also noted that his team has had only seven practice sessions (out of 48) at which everyone was present and healthy. The team had been affected by the Bee football team’s long run in the playoffs as well as injuries.
Against Forest, the Bees looked as though they’d been playing together a lifetime. When Forest went to man coverage, the Bees fed the ball inside to Corby Weiss and Thomas. When the Cavs switched to a zone look, Brookville’s Jared King lit up the board from the three-point line.
Thomas finished with 25 points (20 in the first half), and King had 17 total points.
JF was paced by Ted Price’s 17 points. Todd tenPas chipped in 8 points.
Rest assured, all of those points were hard-earned, as the shorter and more slightly built Forest lads took their licks in the paint from the towering Brookville post men.
With the loss, Forest slipped to 5-3 with four games to go. JF’s game with Amherst was moved to Wednesday, displacing the Patrick Co. game at Forest to Feb. 11.
This Friday, the Cavs will travel to Rustburg.