4 Score in Double Figures, Eagles Win by 43

Charles Jones runs Brentwood's fast break in the first half. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Charles Jones runs Brentwood’s fast break in the first half. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Brentwood rises to 3-1 behind balanced attack

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

A basketball team can’t have much more balanced scoring than the Brentwood High School boys did last week. The Eagles came one basket away from having five players in double figures. Charles Jones and Cade Jones scored 13 apiece, Aro Ntatin had 12, Jacob Menne 10 and Skylar Sappington 8.

With so many weapons, it’s not surprising that they won by 43 points, 69-26. Brentwood manhandled McKinley last year as well, winning by 26, but this team feels different, said junior point guard Skylar Sappington.

“There’s just a whole different vibe, I feel like,” said Sappington. “Everyone just likes each other — we have fun in practice but we know we have to work hard to get better. We also have a really deep team so we’re pushing each other to get better.”

Skylar Sappington flies to the basketball in the first quarter.
Skylar Sappington flies to the basketball in the first quarter.

To Sappington’s point about being deep, it turns out Menne isn’t the only Eagle who can rebound. He led the team in rebounding in the first three games, and had nine against McKinley, but freshman Jordon Tate grabbed 15.

“I know I had a couple of rebounds but not 15,” said Tate, a 6-foot-2 forward.

Jordon Tate, a freshman, is introduced as a starter in the first home game of the season, against McKinley.
Jordon Tate, a freshman, is introduced as a starter in the first home game of the season, against McKinley.

A large Brentwood crowd turned out for the game, which was Menne’s first in the BHS gym. He played junior varsity for SLUH last season.

“It was awesome,” said Menne, a 6-3 forward. “Home games are so much more fun because it was full of people and they were all cheering us on. … I almost dunked on somebody tonight. If I had gone up with two hands it would have been great.”

Jacob Menne wins the tip-off to start the game.
Jacob Menne wins the tip-off over Josiah Stovall to start the game.

Dec. 7: beat McKinley 69-26
Brentwood applied furious defensive pressure early and held the Goldbugs to 1 point in the first quarter and 9 in the first half. Key stat: Besides having balanced scoring, the Eagles made 27 steals. Leaders: Charles Jones 13 points (5-18 FG); Cade Jones, 13 points (6-12 FG); Aro Ntatin, 12 points (5-5 FG); Jacob Menne, 10 points (4-7 FG), 9 rebounds, 3 blocks; Jordon Tate, 15 rebounds; Skylar Sappington, 10 assists, 5 steals; McKinley’s Jordan Brown and Nigel Hightower, 7 points each.

Aro Ntatin guards a McKinley player.
Aro Ntatin guards a McKinley player.

Brentwood’s results — 3-1 as of Dec. 14
Nov. 30: beat Crossroads 63-23 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 3: lost to Kennedy 53-47 in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 4: beat Principia 54-44 for 3rd place in Valley Park Invitational
Dec. 7: beat McKinley 69-26

Cade Jones shoots in the fourth period.
Cade Jones shoots in the fourth period.
Seth Winkleman grabs a loose ball in the first quarter.
Seth Winkleman grabs a loose ball in the first quarter.
Brentwood cheerleaders chant from one end of the floor in the third period.
Brentwood cheerleaders chant from one end of the floor in the third period.
Nigel Bracey fights for position in the third period.
Nigel Bracey fights for position in the third period.
Justice Harris sets up an offensive play in the third period.
Justice Harris sets up an offensive play in the third period.
Courtland Hill looks for an open teammate in the third quarter.
Courtland Hill looks for an open teammate in the third quarter. He’s guarded by Tobias Edwards.
After grabbing a rebound in the fourth period, Jordan McGehee looks for a teammate.
Jordan McGehee looks for an open teammate after grabbing a rebound in the fourth period.
Kameron Kullum sinks a shot in the fourth period.
Kameron Kullum sinks a 3-pointer in the fourth period.
BHS head coach Kevin Kullum leads a timeout in the first period.
BHS head coach Kevin Kullum leads a timeout in the first period.
The Poms get in position to perform a halftime dance. The new group of 11 dancers was selected after auditions.
The Poms get in position to perform a halftime dance. The new group of 11 dancers was selected after auditions.

DSC_8231 Cheerleaders halftime

Jordon Tate shoots from inside in the fourth period.
Jordon Tate shoots from inside in the fourth period.
Skylar Sappington wrestles with a McKinley player for the ball in the third period.
Skylar Sappington wrestles for the ball with McKinley’s Courtland Butler in the third period.
Aro Ntatin (left) and Skylar Sappington press a McKinley player.
Aro Ntatin (left) and Skylar Sappington pressure McKinley’s Darrius Parker.
Jacob Menne (left) and Jordan McGehee (40) make it hard for McKinley's Tyron Ball to shoot in the second period.
Jacob Menne (left) and Jordan McGehee (40) make it hard for McKinley’s Tyron Ball to shoot in the second period.
Seth Winkleman (34) guards a McKinley player.
Seth Winkleman (34) guards a McKinley player.
Nigel Bracey looks for an open man in the third period.
Nigel Bracey looks for an open man in the third period.
Cade Jones drives to the basket in the fourth quarter.
Cade Jones drives to the basket in the fourth quarter.

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