Brentwood Academy’s boys and the Brentwood High School's girls both had to make comeback runs to win Tuesday night’s basketball contests at Brentwood, games that became instant one-point classics.
Brentwood Academy boys 49, Brentwood 48
The Eagles’ DJ Seater and Jayson Nixon hit key free throws in the final 20 seconds to lift Brentwood Academy over the Bruins 49-48 in a game that was as close as the two campuses on Granny White Pike.
Brentwood held command early, rushing out to an 18-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter on the strength of six points from both Griffin Burke and Macen Redner, but the Eagles closed that advantage to just two points, 29-27, by halftime.
Twelve second half turnovers came back to haunt Brentwood as BA took advantage of the miscues. The Bruins were also whistled for 13 personal fouls in the second half as opposed to just two in the first.
“We have so much room for growth as a team,” a disappointed Greg Shirley, Brentwood’s head coach, said after the game. “Give Brentwood Academy credit. I’ve got to do a better job preparing the team.
“I take complete blame for the loss.”
Brentwood had a final chance. Seater hit two from the charity stripe with 21.1 seconds left to put the Eagles up 48-45 and Nixon added his single two seconds later. The Bruins got a three from Redner with eight seconds to play, a near desperation falling away banker that left his team only a digit out. A quick foul and Seater missed both ends of the double bonus with five seconds left, but the final rebound got lose and the clock expired as the two teams fought for control.
The Eagles got balanced scoring from Seater and Trent McNair with nine each and Adam Wass and Clay Holmes both added eight. Burke and John Windley led Brentwood and all scorers with 13 each.
The win ups the Eagles record to 3-0 on the year, while Brentwood falls to 3-2 with archrival and fellow District 11-AAA member Franklin on the schedule at home Friday night.
BRENTWOOD ACADEMY (49) – McNair 9, Seater 9, Wass 8, Holmes 8, Brooks 4, Curtis 3, Bussard 3, Nixon 3, Sagan 2.
BRENTWOOD (48) – John Windley 13, Griffin Burke 13; Redner 9, Lackey 9, Walton 4.
Brentwood girls 48, Brentwood Academy 47
Amelia Osgood’s two free throws with less than 10 seconds left capped a torrid second half comeback and gave the Brentwood Lady Bruins a stunning 48-47 win over Brentwood Academy Tuesday night in the winner’s gym.
“You dream about those moments when you’re shooting at the hoop every day,” Osgood said of the pressure-packed attempts. “I’ve been in a few of those moments and I just follow what my dad taught me, to just flow everything from the toes up and ignore everything else around me.”
Osgood’s final two markers gave her a game 18 points and the Lady Bruins needed every one.
Maggie Brown torched Brentwood for 12 points in the first quarter as Brentwood Academy cruised to an early 22-14 lead before stretching the advantage to 14 points midway in the second quarter.
But Brentwood started to chip away at that lead heading into halftime and kept at it in the second.
With just over six minutes left in the fourth, Emily Trushel nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 40 and less than a minute later Chloe Wampler added another trey to give the home team their first lead.
A pair of free throws from Brown and Blair Schoenwald gave the Lady Eagles a four-point edge before Wampler answered with another triple with 1:52 to play.
The two teams battled up and down the floor nearly a minute and a half before the ball got knocked out of bounds in front of the Brentwood Academy bench. In a close call, officials awarded the ball to Brentwood, forcing the Lady Eagles to foul late and setting up Osgood’s heroics.
Brentwood coach Myles Thrash was more than a little impressed with his team.
“We dug a hole, but these girls are so resilient," he said. "They just fought back.”
BRENTWOOD ACADEMY (47) – Blair Schoenwald 16, Maggie Brown 14, Lee 8, Millie Brown 5, Graham 2, Clemmer 2.
BRENTWOOD (48) – Amelia Osgood 18, E. Trushel 7, Wampler 6, Oates 5, Lorenzi 5, D. Trushel 5, Roston 2.