Brentwood faces Hunters Lane tonight for Region 6-AAA title
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Jacob Adcock (44), here saving a ball from going out of bounds in Brentwood’s victory over Cane Ridge, will lead a strong Bruin team, including Jack Bautista (34) against Hunters Lane tonight for the Region 6-AAA championship
There is a lot on the line tonight when Brentwood (29-2) travels to Glencliff High School in Nashville to face Hunters Lane (22-9) in the Region 6-AAA championship game at 7 p.m. Not only a championship at stake, so is home court advantage for the boys’ sectional contest next Monday night.
The one softening element of the game: it is the last time a team can lose and still have a shot at the Class AAA state championship.
Brentwood was the District 11-AAA regular season and tournament champion, holding a number one seed in the regional tournament. Hunters Lane finished second in District 12-AAA to Cane Ridge, a team the Bruins man-handled Tuesday night 66-38. However, the Warriors beat the Ravens in their district tournament, leaving only a pair of top seeds left to fight for the title.
Brentwood has rolled through this regional tournament, beating Hillsboro and Cane Ridge by an average of 25-points per game. Hunters Lane has knocked off Dickson County and Franklin by an average of 21.
The Warriors should have an advantage in speed and quickness over the Bruins, but the same was the case in Tuesday night’s semi-final game and Brentwood negated what turned out to be a small advantage with smart play and quickness of their own.
“Coach King has preached how quick they would be,” said two-time District 11-AAA MVVP Andy Schumpert, “and our scout team gave us a great simulation in practice.”
That quickness Hunters Lane possesses gave Franklin fits Tuesday night, forcing 19 turnovers and harassing the Rebels at every turn. The Warriors can also shoot the ball.
Kevaughn Russell was the hot hand Tuesday night, tossing in 24 points, 10 points above his average and 16 more than he had in Hunters Lane’s win over Dickson County. Devine Howard was the scoring machine in that game (20 points), but was held to 3 against Franklin.
Brentwood counters with a trio of strong scorers so far in the tourney. Schumpert (17.0 ppg), James McPherson (16.0 ppg) and Grant Teichmann (10.0 ppg) all are in double digits in points while Jacob Adcock (7.5 ppg) has not only held his own in scoring, but has been a demon on the boards, where Schumpert and Teichmann have also been effective.
The winner will host the loser of the Region 5-AAA championship game between Wilson Central and Kenwood. The loser of the game will have to travel to the champion of 5-AAA.
Posted on: 2/27/2014