The Brookhaven High School boys basketball team learned early this season to accept its limitations.

The Brookhaven High School boys basketball team learned early this season to accept its limitations.

With two of central Ohio's top guards leading the way, the Bearcats won their first district championship since 2006 and finished 19-6 overall.

Brookhaven, which finished 11-11 and failed to advance past the second round of the Division I district tournament for the third consecutive season a year ago, lost to Sandusky Perkins 67-61 in a Division II regional semifinal March 15 at the University of Toledo.

Senior Khalid King and junior Randal Clarkson averaged 16 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the way with their backcourt play.

"I just think we understood that we didn't have a consistent post player and the other players responded accordingly," said Hali Robinson, who completed his ninth season leading the program. "I think the leadership that Khalid gave us was just phenomenal this year, and that was complemented by Randal. Khalid clearly showed he's one of the better players in the state."

Brookhaven was unable to overcome its lack of a post presence against Perkins. Michael Ebert, a 6-foot-7 post player, had 20 points to lead the Pirates, who improved to 23-2.

Clarkson had a game-high 24 points and King made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points against Perkins, which outscored the Bearcats 18-8 during the third quarter to build a 39-28 lead.

"The difference was that they got easy looks at the bucket and we were not able to answer," Robinson said. "We didn't finish plays and it cost us. We were outscored in the post 20-2."

"We weren't pressing (in the second half) like we did in the first half," Clarkson said. "One thing Perkins did was at the end of the game, they knocked down their free throws."

King, who has signed with North Carolina A&T, was one of five seniors along with Rashad Boyd, Shawn Campbell, Jaylen Poland and Terry Robinson.

Also eligible to return are juniors Malik Bush, Kevin Greenhow, Tishawn Mapp and Blake McEwen, sophomores Shakarri Hill and Ronald Williams and freshman J-Saun Davis.

Clarkson, who has a scholarship offer from the University of Albany, made first-team all-league along with King.

Greenhow, who averaged 12.5 points and five rebounds, had seven points against Perkins and Williams scored five.

Greenhow, McEwen and Poland all made honorable mention all-City League-North Division.

The Bearcats finished second in the City-North at 12-2, behind Northland (14-0) and ahead of Centennial (9-5), Beechcroft (6-8), Mifflin (6-8), Columbus East (5-9), Whetstone (3-11) and Linden-McKinley (1-13).

In the postseason, Brookhaven beat Hamilton Township (82-22 on Feb. 23), Bexley (68-45 on March 3), Beechcroft (88-51 on March 7) and fourth-seeded Watterson (57-43 on March 9) in the district tournament. The Bearcats were the second seed.

"This was a good season for us," Clarkson said. "This year we won a district championship and we were hoping to win the regional, but it just didn't happen. It's actually good for us (for next season) because Kevin Greenhow and Ronnie Williams are coming back, Malik Bush is coming back and we've got a couple freshmen coming back. Next year we should be able to get even farther."