Brighton hit the Witches with a 14-0 run early in the third quarter to take command, but Salem didn’t give in.
“These Salem kids are tough,” Doyle said. “We also shot 2 for 13 from the foul line. We certainly made some mistakes that we were hoping not to tonight, but at the same time the kids stepped up and made the big plays that they needed to.”
Salem used a 14-3 run late in the third quarter and into the fourth to climb back into the game.
Keys shot the ball well for Salem and finished with 21 points and six rebounds. David Kazadi added 12 points, 15 rebounds and a couple of big blocks, including snuffing out Tyrone Perry’s breakaway by pinning it on the glass.
Mark Mojica led Brighton with 19 points.
Early in the game, it seemed like both teams were feeling each other out, with each team playing 3-2 zones. Salem had trouble finding offense early while Brighton was content to shoot 3-pointers over the zone.
After falling behind 17-11 early in the second, Salem came to life.
Dominguez knocked down a three, then Keys got free in the open court. His tomahawk jam invigorated the Salem crowd and cut the deficit to one (17-16). Dominguez followed with another three to give the Witches their first lead, 19-17.
Brighton scored the final two hoops of the half, however, to take a 27-26 lead into the locker room.
“We worked on things all week that we got away from and that caused us to fall behind,” Doyle said. “We were able to re-focus on the things we needed to do to win, which was extend out on the shooters and we didn’t do a great job rebounding the basketball, but man they’re tough.”
Salem 60, Brighton 58
Brighton: Jones 4-2-10, Johnson 1-0-2, Perry 3-0-9, Carter 0-1-1, Edmonds 6-0-14, Mojica 7-2-19, Bereus 1-0-2, Bouyer 0-1-1. Totals 22-6-58.
Salem: Keys 8-1-21, White 0-0-0, Dominguez 6-1-17, Kazadi 6-0-12, Martinez Rodriguez 5-0-10, Perpetuo 0-0-0. Totals 25-2-60.
Halftime: B, 27-26
3-pointers: B, Perry 3, Mojica 3, Edmonds 2; S, Dominguez 4, Keys 4.
Records: B, 11-11; S, 17-4.