It’s been quite the week for Middle Early College boys basketball.
The Kats scored two wins over ranked teams, the second of which ended the longest win streak in Yale Cup history.
Senior Bri’an Brown had a terrific individual game to lead an excellent all-around performance by the Kats as they beat McKinley, 69-52, Friday to end the Macks’ 33-game Yale Cup win streak.
The Kats, tied for No. 4 in The News small school poll, turned heads Monday with a home win over No. 2 small school East at Erie Community College’s Flickinger Center (the school partners with ECC).
On Friday, Middle College (10-4, 8-0 Yale Cup Division I) played an even first quarter with No. 2 large school McKinley (17-17) before Brown helped them build a lead throughout the evening.
Brown had 22 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks for the Kats while classmate T.J. Scott had 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals.
“I’ve been waiting to play them since last year when we lost to them two times,” said Brown. “I was just waiting on my moment to get this win and try to win the Yale Cup this year. ... Nobody talked about us coming into the Yale Cup this year. We were the underdogs and we liked that role.”
Brown scored 20 of his points in the first three quarters to lead the Kats to an 11-point lead at halftime (33-22) that they pushed to 14 (49-35) entering the fourth. In the final quarter, the 6-foot-4 Brown repeatedly drove before dishing to open teammates to keep his team ahead.
“He’s playing at a different level at this point,” Middle Early College coach Randy Rich said of Brown.
The Macks (9-3, 5-1), who have won the last two Yale Cup championships with undefeated seasons and who won the state public school Class A title last year, had just earned the league record for consecutive wins with a victory over Hutch-Tech on Monday. It’s last Yale Cup loss came to bennett, 57-54, on Feb. 15, 2011.