Eagles Win Conference with 7-1 Record

Kenya Thompson protects the ball from Joey Cacciatore of Bayless. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Kenya Thompson protects the ball from Joey Cacciatore of Bayless on Feb. 13 in Brentwood. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

They play Burroughs Tuesday in district playoffs

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

A couple of weeks ago, fans of the Brentwood High School boys basketball team probably wondered if the Eagles could win despite the recent loss of their No. 2 and No. 3 scorers, seniors Torrie Robinson and Jon Duffe-Holmes.

Ryan Short defends against Nathan Van Slyke of John Burroughs on Feb. 11 at BHS.
Ryan Short defends against Nathan Van Slyke of John Burroughs on Feb. 24 at BHS.

That has since been settled, as BHS won the final pair of games of its regular season — and by bigger margins than they defeated those same two teams earlier. In January they beat Bayless by 10 points and Valley Park by 22. In February they won by 13 and 31.

The rout over Valley Park completed their dominance of teams in the South Central AA Conference, which they won with a 7-1 record and by an average margin of 18 points.

But now things get tough. With a so-so 12-11 record overall, the Eagles are seeded sixth in the playoffs of the eight-team Class 1, District 4. On Tuesday they play third-seeded John Burroughs, to whom they lost by 11 on Feb. 11. In last year’s district playoffs they upset Burroughs in overtime. It’s a game the Bombers have not forgotten, believes BHS assistant coach Ben Peters.

“After we beat them in districts last year they have a chip on their shoulder too,” Peters said. “They haven’t forgotten about that, I can guarantee you.”

If the Eagles defeat Burroughs they’ll face (most likely) second-seeded Whitfield in the semifinal. Win that and it will probably be Brentwood vs. top-seeded Maplewood for the district title. Here’s the tournament bracket.

Charles Jones dribbles against John Burroughs.
Charles Jones challenges the John Burroughs defense.

Feb. 17: won vs. Valley Park 62-31
Valley Park never threatened after Brentwood’s 17-2 run in the first quarter. Key stats: The Eagles had more rebounds (32-18), better shooting (62 percent to 25 percent) and fewer turnovers (17-5). Leaders: Charles Jones, 16 points (7-8 FG); Kenya Thompson, 12 points, six assists, six rebounds, four steals; Ray Reed, 11 points; Skylar Sappington, 13 assists; Ryan Short, seven rebounds; Valley Park’s Ryan Courtney, 13 points.

Skylar Sappington against John Burroughs.
Skylar Sappington considers driving inside against John Burroughs.

South Central AA Conference
Final Standings
Brentwood 7-1
Bayless 4-3
Valley Park 4-4
Crossroads 3-4
Hancock 1-7

St. Louis leaders
As of Feb. 20, Sappington’s 8.52 assists a game is ranked No. 1 in the St. Louis area, and Thompson’s 3.52 steals a game is No. 9.

Brentwood head coach Kevin Kullum sends a message in the John Burroughs game.
Brentwood head coach Kevin Kullum sends a message in the John Burroughs game.

Brentwood is 12-11 as of Feb. 20
Dec. 2: won vs. Crossroads 60-41 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 4: won vs. Valley Park 58-52 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 5: lost vs. Principia 42-39 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 8: won vs. McKinley 64-38
Dec. 22: lost vs. Westminster 63-16 in MICDS Holiday Invitational
Dec. 27: lost vs. Miller Career 50-49 in MICDS Holiday Invitational
Jan. 6: won vs. Gateway STEM 55-52
Jan. 7: lost vs. Lift for Life 67-30
Jan. 13: lost vs. Crossroads 45-41
Jan. 20: lost vs. MRH 56-41
Jan. 21: lost at Whitfield 61-53
Jan. 23: won vs. Hancock 63-31
Jan. 27: won vs. Bayless 53-43
Jan. 28: lost at Trinity Catholic 69-60
Jan. 30: won at Valley Park 45-23
Feb. 3: won vs. Crossroads 54-23
Feb. 4: won vs. Barat 65-40
Feb. 5: lost vs. Principia 48-44
Feb. 10: won vs. Hancock 67-59
Feb. 11: lost vs. John Burroughs 51-40
Feb. 12: lost vs. Cleveland NJROTC 65-46
Feb. 13: won at Bayless 63-50
Feb. 17: won vs. Valley Park 62-31
Class 3, District 4 Playoffs at Principia
Feb. 24, 8 p.m., vs. John Burroughs
Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., vs. Whitfield or Valley Park (if win on Feb. 24)
Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., championship (if win on Feb. 26)

Class 3, District 4 seeding
1. Maplewood-Richmond Heights, 15-6
2. Whitfield, 16-8
3. John Burroughs, 7-16
4. Principia, 7-15
5. Cleveland NJROTC, 10-13
6. Brentwood, 12-11
7. Valley Park, 10-11
8. JFK, 8-16

Ray Reed at the free-throw line against Bayless.
Ray Reed at the free-throw line against Bayless.

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