The District 11-AAA schedule tipped off with a classic as Brentwood senior Asa Duvall scored 30 points in the Bruins' 74-70 overtime victory against Independence Tuesday night.
Duvall put the theoretical dagger into the Eagles with a fall-away 3-pointer deep in the corner as Independence’s Cam Miller contested the shot. The basket put the Bruins (16-2, 1-0) up by five points and stymied momentum for the visiting Eagles (11-6, 0-1).
Brentwood coach Dennis King is still baffled with the degree of difficulty in shots his guard can make.
“The harder the difficulty, the more it has a chance of going in with him,” he said. “I’m serious. End of quarters; falling out of bounds; it’s the most uncanny thing I’ve ever seen where he’s able to correct the judgment and release.”
In this instance, the play call was also Duvall’s. The senior suggested a play Brentwood ran last year but had not even practiced this season.
First-year Independence coach Greg Glass was pleased with Miller’s effort on defense as he drew the responsibility of guarding Duvall for the majority of the night.
“Cam did what we asked,” said Glass. “He contested shots and Duvall did a great job. He was making fade-away 3s, that’s all you can do. To his credit, he was making the shots.”
The match up between potential District 11-AAA favorites proved to be as expected – an up-and-down the court battle in which one team tried to one-up the other on each offensive possession. Brentwood and Independence struggled for control with seven lead changes and seven ties on the night.
With four returning starters and a quality transfer in the form of Vic Wharton, King knew he was in for a quality opponent against Indy.
“They have a lot of weapons, we have a lot of weapons,” he said. “It was an arms race tonight.”
Independence took the first real momentum swing of the night, going on an 11-4 run over a four-minute stretch in the third quarter to extend what was a small lead to 50-42.
Elijah Gonzalez snapped the run with 1:56 remaining in the period with a contested layup and followed with a 3-pointer 56 seconds later to fuel a 13-2 Brentwood run. It was his only five points of the game.
“(Brentwood) has a good team and good teams are going to make runs,” Glass said. “We’ve got to be ready to withstand those runs.”
Lucas Luttrell stopped Brentwood’s run with a 3-pointer at the five-minute mark, evening the score at 55-55. Luttrell scored 12 points of the Indy bench.
Deion Sims gave the Eagles a 62-60 advantage with inside of three minutes remaining on a 3-pointer before Brentwood sophomore point guard evened the game at 62-62 – the score at the end of regulation. It was McPherson’s only made field goal.
Five quick Duvall baskets to start overtime gave Brentwood plenty of momentum.
“In overtime, it’s really a physiological thing,” said King. “When you jump up four or five points, then there’s a little bit of panic.”
Miller did his part to pull Independence close, scoring four of his team-high 17 points in a 30-second stretch as the game wound down.
Brentwood’s Lady Bruins left the gym victorious Tuesday night as well, pulling away from Independence with a 59-44 win.
The Lady Bruins (8-9, 1-0) held leads of three and four points after the opening quarters before going on a 17-8 run in the third.
Independence (10-7, 0-1) was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half until Katie Pierce sunk two free throws.
Brentwood was a threat from behind the 3-point line throughout the night as Paige Hood sunk four, Paige Parker two, Olivia Shealy one, and Jessie Boozer one.
Parker led the squad with 16 points with Hood close behind with 14.
Laina Buche led Independence with 15 points and two 3-pointers.
Brentwood continues their 11-AAA schedule Friday with boys and girls games at Hillsboro while Independence’s squads host Ravenwood.