Warriors continue to show dominance in win over Newton Falls

BROOKFIELD – Brookfield sent out a message to the area Friday via a 72-44 trouncing of previously unbeaten McDonald: The Warriors are for real.

For those that didn’t hear it, or didn’t believe it, they followed up with an equally loud one Tuesday night.

Brookfield 56, Newton Falls 20.

The Warriors (7-1) dominated every aspect of the game from start to finish, held the Tigers scoreless in the second quarter and outscored them 31-4 in the second and fourth frames.

They impressed everyone in the gymnasium, including the two coaches.

“We’ve been in every single game, until the last two minutes, all year,” said Newton Falls coach Roy Sembach after his team dropped to 3-6. “We were never in it tonight.

“Give all the credit to Brookfield. They’re strong. They’re quick. They’re aggressive. They move the ball well on offense and take good shots. And they rebound.”

That they do. The Warriors held a 20-7 rebounding edge in the first half, including 8-0 on the offensive end. By game’s end, the advantage was 43-23 and 16-7.

Combine that with a swarming defense (Newton Falls made just six field goals on the night) and physical strength and the Tigers were simply overmatched.

“We had all their heights and weights and we knew we were bigger and stronger, but you still have to box out and execute,” said Brookfield coach Bill Kovach. “We came off a very strong defensive effort against McDonald and had another one tonight. Coach (Chris) Fahndrich is in charge of our defense, and he has done a great job everywhere he’s been.”

Fahndrich was the head coach last season but stepped down as personal issues were demanding more of his time.

Jeremy Quinlan led the way for the winners with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Collin Harkulich added 10 points and seven boards, while Jimmy Quinlan (Jeremy’s twin) had eight rebounds and seven assists.

Harkulich had six of his points in an opening quarter which ended with the hosts in front 12-6. An 11-0 second quarter gave Brookfield a 17-point lead. The Warriors pushed that to 36-16 after three quarters. Jeremy Quinlan had eight rebounds in the middle two stanzas.

“That’s very similar to what he had last game,” Kovach said of Jeremy Quinlan. “He’s a double-double guy and one of our best players in the paint.”

Brookfield made 42 percent of its field goals compared to just 17 percent for the Tigers. Dale Kernen paced Newton Falls with seven points and six rebounds.

The Warriors’ lone blemish this season was a 58-52 setback to Maplewood.

“To be honest I thought we’d be unbeaten at this time,” Kovach said. “We had an effort letdown against Maplewood, but it was a wakeup call. We’re clicking on all cylinders right now.”