Battle of the Woods: Round One 2014
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
The top spot in District 11-AAA will be at stake Friday night when Brentwood travels to Ravenwood Friday night in a contest of unbeatens.
“We’re excited,” said Raptor coach Patrick Whitlock. “It’s big. It’s a cross-town rivalry and we’re the underdog. We’re going to embrace that role and go out and play as hard as we can.”
Ravenwood (12-6, 4-0 District 11-AAA) played a tough early schedule, taking some lumps in the process. Whitlock hopes that experience will pay off against a Brentwood team he expects to play for a while this year.
“They are a state tournament caliber team. They are very talented and have a lot of depth. We’re going to have to come out and play with a lot of focus.”
The Bruins bring three double-digit scorers to the party, including returning district player of the year Andy Schumpert who is averaging more than 15 points per game. He is getting solid support from Grant Teichmann (11 ppg) and Jacob Adcock (10.7 ppg).
But Brentwood coach Dennis King, whose Bruins (19-1, 5-0 District 11-AAA) have only one loss to area power CPA, knows the Raptors present their own problems for his team.
Matthew Hailey leads Ravenwood in scoring at a near 17 point per game clip, but the Raptors are deep, with Nick Gleason, Nate Fischbach, Van Jefferson and Chase Hawkins all average seven or more per game.
The winner will get a bit of a cushion heading into the meat of the district schedule. Brentwood and Ravenwood have established themselves as the top two teams in the league, with Centennial and Independence holding on to the next two spots.
Brentwood’s girls, also undefeated in the district, will face Ravenwood with a scheduled 6 p.m. tip-off with the boys contest to follow.
Posted on: 1/8/2014