In a rematch of a first round game from Macon's tournament a few weeks ago, the Brookfield boys' basketball team met up with Centralia at home on Tuesday night.
The ballgame was ugly, and the home side fell 86-23 in a game in which Centralia had no problem getting whatever looks at the basket it so desired. After picking up its second win of the season in Highland last Friday, Brookfield now falls to 2-15 and 1-3 in conference play.
"Our biggest problem in the first half, was that in our base man-to-man system, we gave up the baseline," Brookfield coach Jerod Gillman said. "I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say they had at least 20 points on uncontested layups at the basket in the first half. We didn't push the penetration into the middle, into the help. We did much better in the third quarter of pushing things into the middle, so we had a much better quarter.
"It's something our guys can fix immediately if they get on the same page and do it."
Centralia moves to 12-7 overall and 3-0 in the Clarence Cannon Conference.
After Cooper Cisna scored the first basket of the game 30 seconds into the first quarter, the Bulldogs conceded 19 unanswered points before Cisna knocked down a pair of free throws. The Panthers led 21-4 through one period of play and 46-13 through the half.
Cisna and freshman Derek Liebhart both finished with seven points, and Tyler Pickens had four, including a layup at the second-quarter buzzer. Jacob Day posted three, and Bodey Yaeger contributed a bucket. Five Centralia players were in double figures in scoring.
Gillman said that poor offensive execution early, in addition to soft, lethargic defense, put the game to rest for Centralia early.
"Offensively, we have a good corners offense against odd-front defenses, against the 1-2-2 that Centralia was playing, but it's imperative that we stay spaced out and that we work the ball to the basket by passing. What do we do in the first half? We continually try to dribble through the zone, turn it over, and the game is out of reach."
The Bulldogs face the class of the CCC at home on Friday when they host 16-3 Clark County. The powerhouse Indians, however, have lost three of their last four including falling to Palmyra on Tuesday.
Brookfield then has a grueling four-game road slate next week.