Bruin boys take first loss of season, falling to CPA 57-49
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Brentwood committed three crucial turnovers on three straight possessions late in the game and, combined with blistering three point shooting by Christ Presbyterian Academy, as the Bruins’ undefeated run last ended last night with a 57-49 loss at home.
“It was a great December ballgame,” said a subdued Brentwood coach Dennis King after the game, “a great atmosphere with two good teams. We just didn’t quite make the shots that had to be made.”
CPA, the defending Class AA state champions, came out hot, jumping to an 8-2 lead barely two minutes into the contest, punishing Brentwood for missing their first three shots and turning the ball over twice before Jacob Adcock followed up a missed shot at the 5:54 mark of the first.
Brentwood cut the lead to two points midway of the second quarter behind the scoring of Andy Schumpert and Jacob Adcock, but the Lions answered with Brian Dreher draining two of his five three-pointers to stretch the lead back to eight. Brentwood closed the half strong with a 5-0 run to trail 27-24 at the half.
CPA opened the second half strong, pressing a fast, up-tempo game plan up and down the floor. The Lions led 36-30 with four minutes to play when the Bruins tried to make a run. But the Bruins missed two lay-ups on two straight trips down the floor, one following a CPA turnover and the other on a defensive rebound. Jake Allsmiller made Brentwood pay for the missed shots, draining a three and opening up the middle for Braxton Blackwell and Braxton Bonds, leaving the Lions in front 43-36 headed into the fourth quarter.
Adcock, Schumpert and Jack Bautista combined for a 9-3 run to start the fourth, pulling the Bruins to within one, 46-45, with less than four minutes to play. But Brentwood turned the ball over on the next three consecutive possessions and CPA pounced, holding Brentwood to just two points over the final 3:30 of the game.
“I think at this point in the year those were fatigue turnovers,” said King. “You don’t have enough zip on the ball, your legs are gone a little bit and Bonds is just a ball hawker. He gets to everything.
“You can only fight off the ropes so many times.”
Schumpert led the Bruins in scoring with 21 while Adcock added 20. Their efforts did not go unnoticed by their coach.
“They’re two seniors that understood the importance of this game and elevated their game and played the way I’ve always envisioned and expected them to play.”
Blackwell led CPA in scoring with 17, getting assistance from Dreher (15) and Bonds (14). The Lions got more than half of their points from 10 three pointers, while Brentwood had five.
The Bruins open the District 11-AAA schedule tomorrow night, hosting Centennial.
In girls action, the Lady Bruins had little trouble with the defending Class AA state champs, rolling to a 64-38 win. Freshman Abbey Shealy had 14 points for Brentwood, eleven in the first quarter her team jumped out to a 17-5 lead and never looked back.
Jenny Roy led eight Lady Bruins in the scoring category with 16 and Hannah-Catherinne Lackey added 12.
The win lifted the girls’ record to 10-0 on the season.
Head coach Ronnie Seigenthaler was presented with a special game ball at half-time of the boys’ game in honor of his 500th victory at Brentwood earlier this year. The veteran coach and educator has won 693 games in his career.
Posted on: 12/4/2013