By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Smothering defense by Brentwood, such as this from Jalen Lawson (20) and Andy Schumpert (40), was one of the reason the Bruins had such an easy time grabbing a third straight Region 6-AAA championship. Brentwood's three wins came by an average of 28 points, highlight by last night's 65-31 win over Hunters Lane. Photo by Becky Williams
Hunters Lane (22-10) had plans to attack two-time defending Region 6-AAA champ Brentwood (30-2), stealing the crown for their own.
The Warriors may have underestimated all the king’s men. Brentwood Coach Dennis King’s men, that is.
King and his men still have the crown resting very comfortably on their heads.
Brentwood pulled off a first quarter ambush, holding the opening tip for 58-seconds and 19 passes before Andy Schumpert fired the first shot, putting the Bruins up 2-0. For the next seven minutes, King’s soldiers surrounded, confounded and out rebounded the Warriors, taking a 12-0 lead at the 3:36 mark.
By the time Jalen Lawson buried his third three-pointer of the period as the first quarter buzzer sounded, Brentwood held a 24-4 lead. The dagger was set, the attack repulsed; all that remained was for the final twenty-four minutes to bleed from the clock.
King’s men had done their jobs, protecting castle and crown one more time, winning 65-31.
“It’s happened the last two games, too,” King said of the fast start of his team. “I think it’s playing teams that aren’t familiar with us. District teams are so familiar with our kids and our sets. When we get runs and jump on other teams, it seems to have a greater effect on teams outside the district.”
Brentwood held the Warriors to single digits in every quarter except the second, when Hunters Lane tallied 12 points. The Bruins hit 11 three-points in the game, enough to win the contest alone.
Jacob Adcock and Andy Schumpert scored 14 points apiece in the rout; both also were named to the all-tournament team. Grant Teichmann came off the bench to toss in 10 and Lawson finished with eleven.
The worst moment of the game for Brentwood came with 5:08 to play when Lawson the back of his quad and limped down the floor. It appeared to be just a cramp, as trainers stretched his muscle on the sidelines.
Jack Bautista, who scored eight against Hunters Lane, joined Adcock and Schumpert on the all-tournament team and James McPherson was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
McPherson had 23 in an opening round win against Hillsboro, but it was running of the offense that put his name at the top of most of the ballots.
“He just broke everybody down,” King said of his point guard. “He just ran the show.”
The junior was modest about the award, saying, “It feels great,” he said. “I’ve never had this feeling before. Usually it’s my buddy Andy (Schumpert) who’s getting it. I’m just glad my team is here to help me celebrate it.”
Brentwood’s 3-0 run through Region 6-AAA was complete domination. The Bruins won their three by an average of 28 points per game.
King’s men will have one last chance to protect home and court Monday night, hosting Kenwoood (26-6), a 50-37 loser to Wilson Central. Winners Monday night advance to the state tournament in Murfreesboro. Losers see their seasons end.
Brentwood's James McPherson (22) averaged 11.7 points per game, but it was his ability to dissect defenses and find open teammates that was as responsible for his being named the Most Valuable Player of the Region 6-AAA tournament. McPherson led the Bruins to a 65-31 over Hunters Lane last night for a third straight win an the title. Photo by Becky Williams
Posted on: 2/27/2014