Pemberton boys roll past Cinnaminson

Pemberton's Shaun Brooks (left) scored a game-high 24 points in the win. Above, Brooks shoots over Cinnaminson's Brad Hawthorne (22) and Jack Hart.
Pemberton's Shaun Brooks (left) scored a game-high 24 points in the win. Above, Brooks shoots over Cinnaminson's Brad Hawthorne (22) and Jack Hart. (CURT HUDSON / For The Inquirer)
Posted: January 19, 2014

Midway through the first quarter, a rather frantic, repeated call came from the Cinnaminson bench: "Twenty-five is a shooter. . . . Twenty-five is a shooter."

Moments later, as if on cue, No. 25 caught a pass in rhythm and banked in a long-range three-pointer.

Yes, Cinnaminson knew what Shaun Brooks could do.

No, on this night, there wasn't much the Pirates could do about it.

Brooks, No. 25 for the Pemberton boys' basketball team, struck for a game-high 24 points, including five three-pointers, in leading Pemberton to a comfortable, 67-54 win at Cinnaminson on Friday night.

"I was making them all in warm-ups, so I was feeling good," said Brooks, a 6-foot-4 senior swingman. "Once I make the first one, I'm just going to keep shooting."

Antoine Williams chipped in 15 points and four steals, and Jaquan Pitts recorded 10 points in a solid all-around effort for the Hornets (9-1), who stretched their winning streak to eight games.

"It's been a nice start for us," said Pemberton coach Roy Heck. "We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we have some very versatile players who have been contributing and playing well."

Friday night was the debut of 6-foot-7 center Jean Lebrun, a transfer from Haiti with endless promise for the Hornets.

Lebrun checked in for the first time with eight seconds left in the third quarter and played most of the final period, recording three rebounds and two blocks while missing the only shot he took.

Lebrun was a spectator as Pemberton built a substantial lead through the first three quarters. After outscoring Cinnaminson by 14-4 in the second period, the Hornets went into the locker room ahead by 35-19. Thanks largely to a smothering defensive effort, the lead ballooned to 24 before the Pirates (3-6) made a late run to keep the game respectable.

Matt Gono and Jack Hart each recorded 16 points for Cinnaminson.

"I was proud of our effort - particularly at the end," said Cinnaminson coach Mike Fries. "But the third quarter killed us. We had too many turnovers."

Pemberton 21 14 20 12 - 67

Cinnaminson 15 4 12 23 - 54

P: Jaquan Pitts 10, Shaun Brooks 24, Antoine Williams 15, Tyler McShea 6, Dennis Clark 2, Jordan Fleck 3, Antoine Wilson 7.

C: Jackson Merget 14, Brad Hawthorne 2, Matt Gono 16, Jack Hart 16, Jimmy Dever 1, Devon Taylor 2, Jack McDevitt 3.


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