The Brentwood boys basketball team took an early advantage on the District 11-AAA standings Friday night, going on the road and defeating Hillsboro 48-44 in overtime.
Sophomore James McPherson sent the game into an extra period with a contested left-handed layup as time expired. Receiving an inbounds pass with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation, McPherson fought to get a pass to senior Asa Duvall coming off a screen but was unable to. Instead, he drove from the top of the key to his left for the game-tying basket.
“He is such a perfect point guard for us,” Bruins coach Dennis King said outside the post-game locker room. “He knew the time (he had). He has the highest basketball IQ.”
Andy Schumpert hit a 3-pointer two minutes into overtime to give Brentwood a 43-40 advantage while McPherson sealed the win by making five of six free throws down the stretch.
Brentwood (17-2, 2-0) jumped to a 16-7 lead after one quarter of play as Jacob Adcock scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the opening eight minutes.
With senior posts Will Jones and Cody Shelton sidelined with injuries, King has been thrilled with the play of Adcock.
“Losing Jones and Shelton – those are three-year starters inside,” he said. “Adcock, his learning curve has been so quick and he gives us a toughness inside that we didn’t really expect. We’re really happy with him.”
The Lady Bruins took Hillsboro into overtime as well, eventually falling to the Lady Burros 61-56.
Trailing 47-36 after three quarters, Brentwood (8-10, 1-1) outscored Hillsboro (16-2, 2-0) 14-3 in the final eight minutes of regulation.
Paige Parker led Brentwood with 17 points while Millie Tunnell added 16. Hillsboro’s Nicole Bowers scored 17 points.
Independence 54 (OT)
Vic Wharton scored 31 points for Independence as the Eagles won a back-and-forth battle with Ravenwood in overtime. Once leading 32-12 at halftime, Indy was held to just two third-quarter points as Ravenwood rallied. Matthew Hailey led the Raptors with 15 points.
Franklin 76 (OT)
The Rebels sunk seven 3-pointers in their one-point, overtime win over their cross-town rival. Hunter Nelson made three of those 3-pointers for Franklin, scoring 20 points. Colson Patton added 13 while Emmanuel Hall’s 25 points led Centennial.
Summit earned an important District 12-AA win, largely thanks to an 18-9 run in the third quarter that extended a five-point halftime lead. Makinde London had 18 points and two 3-pointers for the Spartans while Grant Robison added 17 points. Hunter Benefield continued his high scoring for Page, totaling 26 points.
Brentwood Academy 37
Pope John Paul II 54
The Knights jumped to a 34-18 advantage over BA in the first half. Brandon Taylor had a team-high 14 points with Josh Lester adding 12.
The Wildcats steadily pulled away from McCallie thanks to 20 points from Nathan Moran. Fellow guard Gavin Shellnut added 17 points for BGA. Both players sunk two 3-pointers.
Brentwood Academy 37
Leading by one point after three quarters, BGA pulled away from the Eagles with a 20-7 run in the fourth quarter. Nathan Moran scored 14 points and Gavin Shellnut 12 for the Wildcats. BA’s Danny McGrath had a team-high 12 points and two 3-pointers.
The Lady Eagles outscored Ravenwood 9-3 in the first quarter – a deficit the traveling Lady Raptors could not overcome. Hannah Winters led Indy with 12 points while Katie Pierce added eight. Ravenwood’s Lexi McKay had 12 points.
Trailing 28-27 after three quarters, Franklin rallied with a 14-5 fourth quarter. Rachael Hawn and Jodi Hill each had 10 points for the Lady Rebels. While Franklin’s scoring attack was balanced, Centennial’s was heavily focused on two players. Jordan Johnson had a game-high 15 points while LaShundra Hammond added 12.
Girls Prep 60
BGA 56 (2OT)
The Lady Wildcats could not survive a second overtime, falling to Girls Prep after a 7-3 second extra quarter. Allison Cowie had a game-high 22 points for BGA with Caroline Abbott adding 13.
Brentwood Academy 40
Pope John Paul II 29
Leading by two points at halftime, the Lady Eagles slowly pulled away from the Lady Knights in the second half. India Hall had a team-high 11 points while Jai Murphy and Hailey Pierson each added nine points.
Page jumped to a 40-14 advantage after one half of play in this intra-county match up. Bria White led the Lady Patriots with a game-high 21 points while Chloe Wiggington added 14. Teondra Crawford led Summit with 12 points.
Brentwood Academy 38
The Lady Eagles held BGA scoreless in the first quarter on their way to a 20-point victory. Hailey Pierson led BA with 12 points while Allison Cowie was BGA’s leading scorer with 11.