Harry Lackey, Preston Moore and John Windley carried Brentwood through a harrowing four minutes of overtime, accounting for all seven of the team's points in the extra period and sending the Bruins back to the semifinals of the TSSAA Class AAA State Championship Tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro with a 50-47 victory over the Oakland Patriots.
Windley answered Oakland’s only field goal of overtime with a 3-pointer, giving the Bruins a 46-45 lead with 2:25 to play. The Patriots added a free throw before Preston Moore tossed his third alley-oop pass of the night to Lackey, who laid it in gently.
Up by one, Windley pulled down a critical defensive rebound with six seconds left, scooping the ball to Moore. The senior was fouled and calmly nailed both ends of a one-and-one with two seconds left to seal the victory.
Brentwood had scored a couple of times on the lob in the first half, then coach Greg Shirley put it in his pocket until the last second.
“We’ve run it in practice quite a few times,” Lackey said after the game, “so we thought we’d go back to it. Preston threw a perfect pass.”
When Lackey was asked if the play made him look good, Moore jumped in, laughing with his answer.
“It makes me look bad because it looks like I’m throwing up an airball on every single pass. Besides, he’s supposed to dunk it,” the senior finished with a smile.
There were questions early if the Bruins would be smiling at the end of the day. Cole Massey gave Brentwood a 3-0 lead barely a minute into the contest and that held up for less than a minute. The Bruins would secure a tie three times in the first half but could never regain the lead in a slow-paced contest.
Down six with three minutes left in the third, Brentwood came alive. Massey, Mills and Windley added tallies to the board and when Jon Franklin Burks swished a triple from the right corner at the buzzer, the Bruins went into the fourth quarter trailing by only one.
Making it to Murfreesboro is always meaningful.
Burks cured that again, nailing another trey to open the fourth quarter and putting Brentwood ahead by two. The Bruins would build that lead to as much as six points with four and-a-half minutes to play before Oakland raced back to tie the game.
“Jon Franklin Burks came up huge, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Shirley said. “He doesn’t get his name in the paper as much, but he’s been there four years, he does everything that’s asked of him.”
The Patriots had a last gasp chance to win in regulation, needing to go the length of the floor in four seconds. They managed to get a shot off before Brentwood gathered the rebound at the horn sounded.
Dearre McDonald helped the Patriots ignite in the second half and carried much of the offensive load, netting 15 of his 17 points after the half. He hit a game-tying 3 with under a minute to play to force a 43-43 tie. He scored the final seven points of regulation for Oakland.
On paper, the game was the definition of a team win.
Lackey led Brentwood in scoring with 14 points while Burks, Massey and Windley all had eight points each, as did Ben Mills who also added seven rebounds. Moore added four points, including the critical free throws at the end, with three assists and a couple steals.
Brentwood shook off two losses against rival Franklin in two weeks to win on the road and ea…
“It’s an exciting day for Brentwood and Bruin Nation," Shirley said. "This group of young men have done everything we’ve asked of them and they’ve battled. I just love them.
“There are only four Class AAA teams still playing and Brentwood is one of them. Now we get ready for tomorrow (Friday).”
Brentwood will play in the Class AAA semifinal round on Friday at 2:45 p.m. at Murphy Center.
The Bruins catch three-time defending state champion Memphis East. The Mustangs defeated Cleveland 77-51 Thursday afternoon, led by Class AAA Mr. Basketball James Wiseman. The 7-footer scored 20 points, one of four Mustangs in double figures. He's rated as the top player in the country.
Bearden, which defeated Franklin Wednesday, faces Whitehaven in the other semifinal.
MURFREESBORO — As he walked off the floor at the end of the first half of Wednesday night’s …
Brentwood boys 50, Oakland 47, OT, Class AAA First Round
BHS – 7 7 15 14 7 – 50
OHS – 9 9 12 13 4 – 47
BHS (50) – John Windley 3-6 1-4 8, Preston Moore 1-5 0-2 4, Harry Lackey 3-8 0-0 14, Cole Massey 3-8 2-7 8, Ben Mills 2-5 0-0 8, Jon Franklin Burks 3-3 2-2 8, Joey McPherson 0-1 0-1 0, Evan Drennan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals – 15-36 5-16 50.
OHS (47) – Ray Tyler 5-12 1-5 11, Dearre McDonald 6-12 1-3 17, DD Anderson 1-4 0-1 5, Jaden Jamison 3-7 0-2 8, Lamarius Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, MJ Grant 3-4 0-0 6, Carrington Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Carter Baughn 0-1 0-0 0. Totals –18-49 2-11 47.
3-point goals – BHS 5-16 (Burks 2-2, Massey 2-7, Windley 1-4); OHS 2-11 (McDonald 1-3, Tyler 1-6). Rebounds – BHS 23 (Mills 7); OHS 27 (Anderson 7). Assists – BHS 9 (Moore 3); OHS 5 (Anderson 2). Steals – BHS 3 (Moore 2); OHS 2 (Tyler, Grant). Blocks – BHS 2 (Massey 2); OHS 3 (McDonald, Anderson, Jamison). Turnovers – BHS 8; OHS 9. Total Fouls – BHS 11; OHS 19. Fouled Out – Jackson, Grant.