Brentwood continues winning streak at Mt Juliet
By Doug Dyer, for the Williamson Herald
Playing against Mt. Juliet might as well be considered a district game, as far as Dennis King is concerned.
His Brentwood Bruins upped their record against the Golden Bears to 2-0 Friday night, fending off a fourth-quarter rally to win 49-46 in the Chick-fil-A Classic at Mt. Juliet.
“We beat them pretty easily at Thanksgiving on a neutral court, but I knew (Mt. Juliet coach) Troy (Allen) would have them ready to play,” King said. “Proud programs always make adjustments.”
Led by Jalen Lawson’s 13 points, the Bruins (12-1) built an 8-point lead in the first half, only to see the Bears chip away thanks to the inside play of Daniel Schroder (16 points) and perimeter shooting of John Mark Bell (9 points). Schroder converted a 3-point play with 0:48.6 remaining to bring Mt. Juliet within one at 47-46, but the Bears were unable to score on their final two possessions.
“We did enough,” King said. “I’m just glad to be walking out of here with a 3-point win.”
Lawson converted 4-of-6 free throws in the final minute to help preserve the victory for the Bruins, a trait he has shown all season while starting at point guard in place of 2012-13 starter James McPherson, who missed the first 12 games this season because of academic issues, King said.
McPherson returned to the lineup Friday night against Mt. Juliet and scored four points, but Lawson still saw a majority of the minutes at the point.
“It was nice to see him on the floor again,” King said of McPherson. “McPherson was our starting point guard all last year as a sophomore, but Jalen took it over out of necessity and has really blossomed into a really good player. He hit four in a row to keep the cushion, and he’s made those all year long.”
Jacob Adcock (12 points) was the only other Bruin in double figures, while Andy Schumpert finished with eight, Grant Teichmann had seven and Jack Bautista scored five. James Womack also reached double figures for Mt. Juliet with 11 points.
The Bears led early on in the first quarter, but Brentwood never trailed again after Teichmann scored to make it 8-6 with 3:30 left in the first. Mt. Juliet kept finding ways to drive to the basket and score to keep it close, after trailing by eight two different times in the first half.
“We just couldn’t move our feet,” King said. “They drove around us all night.”
Brentwood plays against La Vergne in Saturday’s action at the Chick-fil-A Classic, then the Bruins travel to Hickman County for a tournament after the Christmas holiday.
Posted on: 12/21/2013