Bruins defeat two-time defending state champion
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
The Brentwood boys basketball defeated two-time Division II-AA state champion Ensworth 86-74 Friday night in the Ensworth Holiday Classic.
“That’s the team that I remember,” Bruin coach Dennis King said following the game. “Last Friday night was such a nightmare and we had to respond by coming back and playing a team that is one of the best teams in the state.”
Brentwood lost to Blackman 74-41 on Dec. 7.
Ensworth got the Bruins’ A-game, trailing Brentwood by double-digits for the majority of the contest before staging a comeback in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers cut a 15-point Brentwood lead to 71-67 with 3:03 remaining in the game on a Corn Elder layup and free throw while Andy Schumpert was on the bench for the Bruins in foul trouble. The junior returned to action following Elder’s three-point play and subsequently hit back-to-back shots to swing momentum in the visiting team’s favor.
“That’s the kind of kid he is,” King said. “To beat a team like this, somebody has to hit some important shots. Andy has the capability of it, Asa (Duvall) does, and so does Cody (Shelton). It was just a great team effort.”
Shelton was not in the starting lineup after an injury took him out in the third quarter one week ago at Blackman. King was worried about his conditioning as he missed nearly a week of practice. He did not look any worse for wear as he scored 14 first-quarter points on his way to a 22-point night.
Schumpert led the team with a game-high 29 points and three 3-pointers. Duvall had 15 points for Brentwood, sealing the game by making six fourth-quarter free throws.
The Bruins continue the Ensworth Classic Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. tip off against Kenwood.
Posted on: 12/14/2012