Brentwood takes years first Battle of the Woods
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
The opening round of basketball’s version of the Battle of the Woods went in favor of Brentwood Tuesday night as the Bruins defeated Ravenwood 66-54.
What was a back-and-forth contest that saw neither team take more than a two-possession advantage in the first half shifted in the Bruins’ favor in the third quarter as the home team closed the period on a 12-2 run.
Ravenwood (11-10, 2-3) closed the gap to 58-51 in the fourth quarter before Brentwood (20-2, 5-0) hit clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
“Their focus on both ends of the floor was a little bit sharper than our focus,” said Raptors Coach Patrick Whitlock. “It was a detail here and a detail there – us not switching a screen and us not setting a screen. To their credit, they’re a good team.”
Bruins coach Dennis King credited solid contribution from bench players Tanner Tapp and Will Groos and a position change from Jack Bautista as turning points in the game. With post Jacob Adcock in foul trouble most of the night, Tapp and Groos saw extended minutes while Bautista was moved into the post.
“Moving Bautista down and bringing another guard in – we stayed quick and fast and smart,” King said.
Brentwood held 6-foot-8 Joey Barnes in check despite playing with a smaller lineup, fronting the Raptor big man while having help defense ready to stop lob passes. King put a large part of the team’s success against Barnes on 6-foot-3 Andy Schumpert.
“Andy is so versatile,” the coach said. “He can guard a great shooter and he will guard their biggest man. He just says “What do you need me for tonight, Coach?’”
Ravenwood looked poised for a comeback late in the fourth quarter before foul trouble of their own caught up to them as point guard Jon Coles and forward Jonathan Allen both fouled out within a minute of each other.
Coles had just hit stride in the contest, scoring back-to-back baskets midway through the final quarter to pull his team to within 54-47.
“That hurt,” Whitlock said of his point guard missing the final three minutes of play. “We depend a lot on Johnny and he is really coming into his own as a point guard. He didn’t get to play a lot last year because he was behind Devin (Robinson), but he’s a good player who plays extremely hard. Him fouling out was obviously a significant blow.”
Allen proved to be a spark off the Raptors’ bench, scoring 15 points – including a put-back dunk over Bruin defenders. Whitlock called the play something you don’t see often in Williamson County, adding that Allen is a developing player whom others in District 11-AAA don’t have their eyes on yet.
“He’s a nice weapon off the bench,” Whitlock said. “And he might not be coming off the bench much longer.”
The Bruins were led by senior Asa Duvall with 21 points and five 3-pointers.
“Asa was on fire tonight,” King said. “It wasn’t an Independence 30, but he made some huge shots and we could just sense he was due.”
Schumpert and sophomore point guard James McPherson chipped in with 15 points each.
The Lady Bruins won their Battle of the Woods in the night’s early match up, defeated Ravenwood 66-40.
Trailing 10-7 midway through the first quarter, Brentwood (11-10, 4-1) went on a 16-0 run through the opening minutes of the second quarter to seize momentum.
Ravenwood (10-11, 1-4) cut the deficit to 33-22 on the first possession of the second half with a Colleen Leyrer basket before finishing the period on the wrong side of a 15-6 run.
Olivia Shealy led the Lady Bruins with 14 points while Paige Hood added 13 with three 3-pointers. Lexi McKay and Erin Johnson shared a team-high 10 points.
Posted on: 1/23/2013