McEachern (5-1) trailed 11-5 at the end of the first quarter and 17-16 at halftime before taking control in the third. Trailing 21-19 after a jumper from Berkmar’s Jonathan Sanks, Brown connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to lift the Indians to a 25-21 lead with 4:27 seconds remaining in the period.
A putback from Kiair Crouch left Berkmar trailing by two, but Brown’s 3-pointer banked off the backboard at the buzzer to give McEachern a 30-25 margin entering the final period.
The Indians received contributions from Brown, Tremayne Anchrum, Brandon Caruthers and Logan McIntosh during a 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter.
Brown’s free throw gave McEachern a 40-28 advantage with 1:45 left in the game, and Berkmar got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.
McEachern outscored Berkmar 31-20 in the second half.
“We talked about how well we’ve been playing good defense in our (region) games, but we didn’t know how that would translate outside the (region),” McEachern coach Mike Thompson said. “Our guys took that as a challenge and did a great job. Holding a team like that to 36 points for the entire game really showed what these guys are capable of when they work together.
“Our half-court defense is our bread-and-butter, and it really worked for us (Saturday).”
McIntosh, who had seven points in the second quarter, finished with 17 for the game. He added two rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Indians and was named McEachern’s most outstanding player.
“Logan’s that guy that does everything for you,” Thompson said. “He leads by example. He’s a strong, tough kid that makes big buckets and he can knock down shots.
“He’s our catalyst and kept us going in the first half. Freddy got us going in the second half.”
Brown had three points in the first half, but erupted for 17 in the second. His third-quarter 3s proved to be the difference-makers in helping the Indians roll to the win.
“Freddy has one of the worst-looking shots I’ve ever seen from a player, as good as he is,” Thompson said. “He knows it, and we’ve told him about it, so when he wants to shoot, we just ask him to use his best judgment. Every now and then, he gets hot, and that’s what happened to him (Saturday). When he does get hot, we’ll just keep riding him.”
A.J. Jones added four points, four rebounds, two assists and eight steals for McEachern.
The Indians also forced turnovers to help them score points in transition and build on their lead.
Sanks, who earned most outstanding player honors for Berkmar, totaled 13 points and two rebounds. Tim Rowe collected eight points and four boards, while Josh Culver added four points and nine rebounds.