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Bruins hold off Eagles at Indy

The Brentwood Bruins stay undefeated in district play with a 68-59 win at Independence Tuesday night, but it didn’t come without a fight from the Eagles.
Brentwood (23-1, 9-0 11-AAA) found itself up 17 points early in the fourth quarter, but allowed Independence (9-13, 5-4 11-AAA) to cut it to a six point deficit twice. The last one was a 65-59 game with under a minute remaining. 
“They’re a scrappy little bunch,” Brentwood coach Dennis King said of the Independence squad. “Dangerous from the outside and we just couldn’t put our foot on the accelerator.”
The Bruins were able to ice the game as Grant Teichmann hit 5-7 from the free throw line to end the game. Teichmann finished with 12 points. Forward Andy Schumpert lead Brentwood with 15 points, 7 coming in a 22 point Bruin third quarter. 
King knows his team has plenty of work to do, despite only one loss, with tournament time around the corner. Learning to be able to finish a game on the road is at the top of the list. 
“This happened to us at Franklin, this happened to us at two or three other places,” King said. “It’s really a concern for a veteran team like we have to let teams get back into it.
“It’s a collection of things,” King said of late game struggles. “We tried to pin point it in the locker room. It’s lack of mental toughness, selfish shots, defensive lapses, missing foul shots, it’s a whole host of things and it’s got to get corrected if we want to make a deep run.”
A deep run in the post season might mean another meeting against Independence. King has noticed a difference in the Eagles since their prior meeting on December 10th, a 57-37 win.
“There’s a couple guys that I didn’t even know were on the team (on December 10). They must not have gotten in, not played or something. They had a huge win over at Ravenwood (Jan. 21). We knew what we were facing. They’re just pesky, smart, and deliberate and we struggled to hold on.”
The pesky Eagles were lead in scoring by freshman guard Grayson Murphy with 16. Deion Simms finished with 12 and Finis Stribling added 8 as both seniors contributed key buckets in the fourth quarter comeback. 
Jacob Adcock had 11 points for the Bruins and point guard James McPherson scored 10. Jack Bautista added 9 off the bench. 
Lady Bruins bounce back strong against the Lady Eagles
The Brentwood girls got back on track with a 59-38 win at Independence Tuesday after dropping their first district game of the year versus Dickson County last Friday in overtime.
Brentwood (22-2, 8-1 11-AAA) jumped out to a 21-3 first quarter lead and placed it on cruise control after that. H.C. Lackey led the way down low with 14 points with teammate Jenny Roy right behind her with 13. 
Marrissa Anthony gave Brentwood 11 points and Jessi Boozer knocked down three 3-pointers for her 9 points. 
Katie Pierce continued her strong play with 14 points to lead Independence (6-14, 3-6 11-AAA). Avery Wharton scored 9. 

Posted on: 1/28/2014


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