Brentwood needs big fourth quarter to stop Franklin
By By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
After trailing the entire game, Brentwood made a furious rally in the second half Friday night, outscoring Franklin 23-11 in the fourth quarter to take a 55-48 boys basketball victory over its longtime rival.
Andy Schumpert’s 3-pointer with three minutes remaining put Brentwood (11-1, 2-0 District 11-AAA) up for good at 47-46. Schumpert led all scorers with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
After a lackluster first half by the Bruins, where the Rebels (3-6, 1-1) kept them out of their offensive rhythm, their persistence kept coach Dennis King optimistic.
“We have some pretty seasoned players that have played in some pretty big games,” he said. “What I’m most proud of, is they continued to reach down every possession and eke out a win that we needed.”
Brentwood shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field in the second half, and stepped up the defensive intensity to force eight Franklin turnovers while committing just two.
“When you’re down nine at halftime, you have to create and score off your turnovers,” King said. “They were being so patient; we had to speed them up.”
The Rebels could not match that intensity, first-year coach Jamie Wilson said, after they had controlled the tempo and had no trouble building a 25-16 halftime advantage.
“Defensively we got into them, and we made things tough (in the first half),” Wilson said. “I think a lot of their issues was our energy. But I don’t feel like we came out with the same energy in the second half, and they really took it to us.”
Brentwood has been without two key players for various reasons – Jack Bautista is out with an injury and another is out because of eligibility issues, King said, but both are slated to be back soon. The Bruins leaned on Schumpert and Grant Teichmann (15 points) heavily in the second half, and it paid off.
“We just weren’t sharp running our man-to-man offense,” King said. “We even ran some dummy offense at halftime. We listed on the board all the sets where Andy ends up with the ball.
“You go to a senior like that, and it was a real shot in the arm.”
Franklin led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, but Brentwood cut it to five three different times before Teichmann’s first 3-pointer of the game started an 8-3 run that tied the game at 40 to open the fourth quarter. Teichmann had been 0-4 from behind the arc up to that point but hit two in a span of 30 seconds.
“Grant Teichmann got it done for us,” King said. “With his two big 3s and a driving layup late, he grew up tonight."
Ben Hagaman led Franklin with 15 points, while Garrison Mathews had 12. Jacob Adcock also hit double figures for Brentwood with 10 points.
Brentwood girls 47, Franklin 31: Jenny Roy and Marissa Anthony each scored 11 points for the Lady Bruins in a lopsided victory over Franklin. Brentwood led 18-5 after the first quarter, and Franklin never got close.
H.C. Lackey finished in double figures for Brentwood with 10, while Meredith Ovies led Franklin with seven points.
Posted on: 12/13/2013