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Berlin Brothersvalley stifles Southern Fulton for fifth straight District 5 title game appearance

Feb. 28—BERLIN — Craig Jarvis scored 24 points to lead all scorers, while teammate Pace Prosser netted 20, but the Berlin Brothersvalley defense was the story, creating numerous Southern Fulton turnovers to send the Mountaineers back to the District 5 Class 1A title game for a fifth straight year after a 73-42 semifinal playoff victory Tuesday night.

For both Jarvis and Prosser, Tuesday was a special night playing their final game on the Berlin Brothersvalley home court.

"We are just taking it one game at a time," Jarvis said. "We come out and try to play as a team every night with defense being the number one thing, and we try to share the ball so we can get open shots and get whatever we want."

Prosser reflected on his four years playing on his home court.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet being the last game, but I have had a lot of great memories here," Prosser said. "It was special to end it with a win here, but we are looking for that district title on Friday night. It is a huge team effort to get to this point, it is not just one or two guys. It takes all five on the floor, and all fifteen on the bench to get us ready in practice to do this and get us ready to make a run at a state title."

The game started with Southern Fulton getting the opening points on a pair of foul shots by Trenton Cain, but then Berlin's full court pressure started creating turnover after turnover which quickly had the Mountaineers in front 13-4 causing Southern Fulton to call timeout just over three minutes into the game.

Southern Fulton seemed to settle in for a bit, and the teams traded scoring chances and baskets throughout the quarter with Berlin holding a 23-12 lead after one.

The second quarter Berlin took it to another level. Southern Fulton tried a triangle-and-two defense to limit Prosser, but Berlin responded with five three-pointers by four different Mountaineers and the Berlin defense did not allow a point until 3:20 left in the quarter as Berlin extended the lead to 42-12.

After the timeout Southern Fulton tried to claw back into it, but Craig Jarvis hit another three to end the quarter with Berlin in front 53-23 at the half.

With the mercy clock in effect for the second half the Berlin starters played most of the third with Prosser leading all scorers with seven points, and Southern Fulton got five from Sammy Stotler before both coaches went to the benches the rest of the game to conserve their starters for Friday night's games at Pitt-Johnstown.

Berlin freshman Najee Magruder paced the scoring in the fourth quarter with five, while Blaine Fischer added four points for Southern Fulton to set the final at 73-42.

Berlin coach Tanner Prosser knows this was just one step towards his team's goal of a state title.

"We were off 10 days, so I thought we would have some rust, but we shook that off pretty quick," said Prosser. "We were able to get some turnovers early, and work fast in the transition and get some quick buckets. The next goal is winning a district championship, and we get that opportunity on Friday night on Pitt-Johnstown's floor. I am happy with how our kids are playing together, playing the right way, and we have two great senior leaders we can count on every night, but we have a full group we can count on every night now, and that is what high school sports are all about."

Southern Fulton coach Jeremy Hann is taking playing Berlin as an advantage for his team as they head to the consolation game on Friday.

"Berlin is just a great team, and everyone knows that," Hann said. "Our goal now is to get into the state tournament, and I know this the other teams are not playing Berlin tonight like we are, and we can learn from this and be ready to play another opponent on Friday."