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Waubonsie Valley's Jared Brownridge connects on a three point shot against Peoria Central High School, on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Ernie Kivisto Hoops Fest at East Aurora.
Shorthanded Peoria Central had no answer for Jared Brownridge Saturday in the second game of the Ernie Kivisto Shootout at East Aurora.
Brownridge, a Waubonsie Valley senior guard, exploded for 26 points to lead the Warriors to a 68-45 win over the defending Class 3A State champs.
The Lions were able to hang around for awhile, trailing 13-8 after one quarter and 33-21 at intermission before Brownridge and Co. broke it open.
The 6-foot-2 Santa Clara recruit stole the ball at midcourt midway through the third quarter and drove the rest of the way, freeing himself for a shot with a behind-the back dribble and layup to boost the lead to 43-23.
Moments later, Brownridge was at it again, picking off his fourth steal of the game at midcourt and taking it in for another layup with 3:42 remaining.
“I think our kids played hard and did what they could, we just didn’t have enough manpower,” said Central coach Dan Ruffin, who didn’t have the services of senior starters Miles Boone, Kyle Washington and Eriq Baird.
All three players were assessed two technicals and ejected from Friday night’s game.
“There was a lot of back-and-fourth rough play and the refs lost control,” said Ruffin.
Bryan Jefferson had 12 points for Waubonsie Valley (16-7), which also got eight points from Jack Cordes and seven points from Javares Stewart. Jefferson and Stewart had five rebounds each despite sitting for much of the second half.
Josh Augusta led the Lions (7-12) with 13 points and Rocky Todd and Ashton Bean added eight points each.
“I thought we got off to a great start and I was really pleased with the way (senior point guard) Gary Sutton played, directing us and getting us into the offense," Ruffin added. "He’s gotta continue to play like that and be a force for us.
“We did a nice job of sharing the basketball and executing our half court offense."