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Franklin at Brentwood rivalry spices up the season

There’s nothing like a good rivalry to spice up the holiday season.

Basketball fans are in for an early season treat this week, as long-time rivals Brentwood and Franklin clash on the hardwood in December for the first time this century after traditionally meeting after the turn of the New Year.
Game time at Brentwood for the girls is 6 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.
The two Brentwood teams are off to great starts in 2013-14 with a combined record of 19-1, while the Franklin squads have struggled at times in the early part of the season.
Brentwood’s boys are coming off a state tournament appearance last season and look to be one of the top contenders in District 11-AAA again. And while coach Dennis King isn’t a fan of playing district games before the Christmas break, it’s just the product of playing in a big league.
“I think all district games should come after January 1,” he said. “It’s a fairer assessment of your team.”
The Bruins (10-1, 1-0) saw their only defeat come against defending Class AA state champion Christ Presbyterian Academy earlier this month, but they have also been tested against Blackman, Mt. Juliet and Sparkman (Ala.).
“Our loss to CPA on our home floor still stings, but we’re forging ahead,” King said. “(Playing good teams) forced us to work on making our zone offenses more crisp and fluid.”
The Franklin boys, under first-year coach Jamie Wilson, have had an up-and-down start to the season, picking up wins over Dickson County and Columbia but falling to Blackman, Oakland and Goodpasture.
Wilson, who had coached at Class AA Harpeth since 2001, took over for Jay Johnson after his resignation in April. 
Despite the teams being at opposite ends of the spectrum, the rivalry always seems to create a competitive atmosphere through the years, King said.
“The rivalry has been incredible through the 30 years I’ve been at Brentwood,” he said. “It’s two proud programs, and we’ve had some epic games. Even when one of us is down in talent, the game seems to be a dogfight.
“That’s the way rivalries have to be. I told my kids a few years ago that when I’m dead and I get one day to come back to Earth, I want to come back and coach the Bruins when we play at Franklin.”
The girls’ matchup will have much of the same intensity, even though the Lady Bruins are currently unbeaten at 9-0 and 1-0 in district play, while the Lady Rebels are 5-3 and 1-0.
Both have played tough competition as well, with Brentwood beating Beech in overtime and eking out a 50-48 win against Overton in November, while Franklin has wins against Goodpasture, Dickson County and Cheatham County.

Posted on: 12/12/2013


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