Big Schools Outclass Brentwood at MICDS

Jordon Tate races the ball up the floor against McKinley on Dec. 3.
Jordon Tate races the ball up the floor in the Dec. 7 game with McKinley. He led Brentwood in both scoring and rebounding against Francis Howell. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Butters scores 30; freshmen lead in 2 games

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

The Brentwood High School boys basketball team got its annual taste of big schools at the MICDS Holiday Invitational and came away limping, but perhaps improved.

The Eagles, once again the smallest of the 16 teams at the tournament, went 0-3 there, with lopsided losses to Francis Howell, MICDS and Clayton. That’s right, 235-student BHS lost to 1,994-student Howell, 626-student MICDS and 871-student Clayton. But as Brentwood coach Kevin Kullum has said, one way to get better is by playing better teams. The invitational definitely has that, with five Class 5 schools, six Class 4’s and five Class 3’s.

Brentwood, 3-5, is on a four-game losing skid that started two weeks ago at Orchard Farm. Clayton is the only one of the four opponents with a losing record.

The Eagles continue to get big points from Charles “Butters” Jones, who scored 30 at Orchard Farm and 26 against Clayton. Freshmen Cade Jones and Jordon Tate led the way in the other two losses, and have even taken turns leading the team in rebounding.

Charles "Butters" Jones pulls up short on a layup and shoots a short jumper against McKinley.
Charles “Butters” Jones pulls up short on a layup and shoots a jumper between McKinley’s Nigel Hightower (left) and Jonathan Scarborough.

Dec. 28: lost to Clayton 71-46 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Brentwood trailed by 22 at halftime and never recovered. Key stat: Clayton had 11 scorers and Brentwood five. Charles Jones had his second highest point total of the season, 26, but Brentwood’s other nine players contributed only 20 points. Leaders: Charles Jones, 26 points; Cade Jones, 11 points; Clayton’s Robert Hogan, 17 points.

Cade Jones is introduced to the crowd at Brentwood's first home game, against McKinley.
Cade Jones is introduced to the crowd at Brentwood’s first home game.

Dec. 26: lost to MICDS 78-61 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Brentwood trailed by 11 early, rode a 25-11 surge to a 2-point halftime lead, then collapsed defensively in the third period, outscored 27-11. Key stat: The Eagles were outscored 21-8 at the line, which isn’t surprising considering that MICDS attempted 45 free throws. Skylar Sappington and Kameron Kullum fouled out and Cade and Charles Jones had eight fouls. Leaders: Cade Jones, 23 points; Charles Jones 22 points; MICDS’s Dominic Mitchell, 25 points.

Justice Harris dribbles in the McKinley game. He had three steals against Francis Howell.
Justice Harris dribbles in the McKinley game. He had three steals against Francis Howell.

Dec. 23: lost to Francis Howell 77-40 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
So this is what it’s like to play a Class 5 school with a winning record. Brentwood was buried 21-6 in the first period and never recovered. Key stat: Take your pick — The Eagles shot 30 percent from the field and committed 31 turnovers. Amazingly, they outrebounded the Vikings. Leaders: Jordon Tate, 12 points (4-8 FG), 8 rebounds; Charles Jones, 10 points; Skylar Sappington, 10 points, 4 assists; Justice Harris, 3 steals; Francis Howell’s Logan Bush, 17 points.

Skylar Sappington decides whether to pass or shoot between McKinley's Amir Clark (left) and Tyron Ball.
Skylar Sappington decides whether to pass or shoot between McKinley’s Amir Clark (left) and Tyron Ball.

Dec. 15: lost at Orchard Farm 73-66
The teams were evenly matched in all quarters but the third, when Orchard Farm scored 8 points more. Key stat: Brentwood led in rebounding, steals and blocks but sank only 39 percent of its field goals. Leaders: Charles Jones, 30 points (12-16 FG, 5-6 FT); Cade Jones, 10 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists; Jordon Tate, 9 rebounds; Skylar Sappington, 10 assists, 4 steals; Orchard Farm’s Jared Mayer, 28 points.

Jacob Menne goes for a layup in the McKinley game.
Jacob Menne goes for a layup in the McKinley game.

Brentwood’s results — 3-5 as of Jan. 4
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
Dec. 15: lost to Orchard Farm 73-66
Dec. 23: lost to Francis Howell 77-40 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Dec. 26: lost to MICDS 78-61 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Dec. 28: lost to Clayton 71-46 at MICDS Holiday Invitational
Next game:
Jan. 5: 7 p.m. vs. Lift for Life at Brentwood

Kameron Kullum shoots in a game with Lift for Life last season.
Kameron Kullum shoots in a game with Lift for Life last season.
Seth Winkleman is covered by Jordan McGehee in practice.
Seth Winkleman is covered by Jordan McGehee in practice.
Nigel Bracey gets a rebound against McKinley.
Nigel Bracey looks for room to dribble in the McKinley game.
Jordan McGehee eyes the basket in practice. He's covered by Seth Winkelman.
Jordan McGehee eyes the basket in practice. He’s covered by Seth Winkelman.
Aro Ntatin executes a layup against McKinley.
Aro Ntatin executes a layup against McKinley.
Jordon Tate, Cade Jones and Jacob Menne cover a McKinley shooter.
Making it impossible for a McKinley player to shoot are (from left) Jordon Tate, Cade Jones and Jacob Menne.
Courtland Hill runs a play in practice.
Courtland Hill runs a play in practice.

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