FRANKLIN – Using a strong defense and typical offense, the Brentwood High School boys basketball team snuffed out the hopes of a young Centennial squad with a 48-32 District 11-AAA victory on the road Friday night.
The contest featured a boys contest only as the Centennial girls work through COVID-19 contract tracing.
The Bruins held the Cougars to less than 30% shooting from the field and forced 12 turnovers in the victory. Brentwood held Centennial’s long-range shooter Pat Garrett to just seven points, four of those from the free-throw line, and emerging sophomore post Lincoln Aholt to just five.
“I was really proud of our defensive effort,” said Brentwood mentor Greg Shirley. “I thought our post defense was strong against a very good young post player. I was also proud of how unselfish we were tonight. John Windley worked really hard on Patrick Garrett, who is a tremendous shooter.”
Tray Barbary was the lone Cougar Brentwood could not contain, as the quick guard posted a team-leading 14 points in the contest.
Barbary cut the Brentwood lead to just four points with seconds left in the first half, but Griffin Burke sucked the air out of the Cougars gym by nailing a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. Brentwood added to the assault, opening the second half with five straight points to stretch the lead to 11 two minutes into the third quarter.
Centennial coach Jeremy Moore knew what had been close had become an uphill battle.
“We make a three to cut it to four then Burke hits a three at the buzzer to make it seven and they open with a three and suddenly it’s a 10-point game," he said. “I’d rather go to the dentist than try to defend them and speed them up.”
Moore, like Shirley, was impressed with Burke.
“Griffin Burke is a heckuva high school point guard," Shirley said of the hard-working senior. "He just makes winning play after winning play, and plays great defense.”
Burke managed to drop in 13 points while pestering the Cougar offense. John Windley led the Bruins with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“We made some shots,” said Shirley, “but it was the great defensive stops that made the difference.”
Considering the second half, that may have been an understatement. The Bruins held Centennial to just 4-of-20 shooting from the floor for 20%, hounding the home team at every turn.
“They just wait on you to make a mistake and then they capitalize,” said Moore.
With the win, Brentwood continues to be a cemented its hold on hosting to open the district tournament next week, while Centennial is stuck in a logjam in the middle of the pack.
FRANKLIN — Page High School senior Jaime Hernandez had multiple reasons to celebrate on Friday.
Brentwood boys 48, Centennial 32
BHS 11 12 11 14 48
CHS 6 10 11 5 32
BHS (48) – John Windley 15, Griffin Burke 13, Jake Brock 6, Jack Medalie 6, Davis White 5, Daniel Cochran 3.
CHS (32) – Tray Barbary 14, Pat Garrett 7, Lincoln Aholt 5, Matthew Busing 3, Mathew Joiner 3.
3-pointers – BHS 7 (Burke 3, Brock 2, White, Medalie), Centennial 4 (Barbary, Garrett, Busing, Joiner). Free Throws – BHS 9-11, CHS 8-10. Total Fouls – BHS 11, CHS 11.