Eagles Lose 5th Straight Despite Jones’s 31

Aro Ntatin covers Nigel Ferrell of Lift for Life in the second quarter last week at Brentwood High School. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Aro Ntatin covers Lift for Life’s leading scorer Nigel Ferrell in the second quarter last week at Brentwood High School. The Eagles held Ferrell to half of his normal scoring output but Ferrell’s teammates more than made up for it with a 13-point victory. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Tough schedule starts to lighten up this week

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

The schedule will finally start easing up for the Brentwood High School boys basketball team. Last week the Eagles lost their fifth game in a row, to Lift for Life, to slip to 3-6 on the season. Four of the five losses were to teams with winning records. Three of the five were to schools that are one or two classes bigger than Brentwood.

But this week the Eagles might start winning again — seven of their next eight opponents have losing records. First it’s Crossroads (1-7) on Jan. 12, then St. Pius X (4-9), MRH (0-12), Whitfield (10-3), Hancock (5-6), Bayless (0-10) and Trinity (3-8).

Forward Charles “Butters” Jones likes playing the tougher teams. With performances like his 31 points against Lift for Life and 30 at Orchard Farm, he not only leads BHS in scoring but is ranked 12th in the St. Louis area, with 21.3 points a game.

“I appreciate that competition,” Jones said. “I don’t want to just play Crossroads and McKinley all the time. I like playing those MICDS type of teams.”

Charles Jones shoots over Lift for Life's DaVaughn Grandberry in the second period.
Charles Jones shoots over Lift for Life’s DaVaughn Grandberry in the second period.

Jones is confident the team will start winning in the coming weeks.

“As soon as we get the chemistry up we’ll be set,” he said. “We have a good team, way better than last year’s team.”

Point guard Skylar Sappington is ranked 10th in St. Louis in assists per game, with 5.44.

Skylar Sappington eyes Lift for Life's defense in the second quarter.
Skylar Sappington eyes Lift for Life’s defense in the second quarter. He contributed 16 rebounds, 10 points and seven assists.

Jan. 5: lost to Lift for Life 66-53
The Hawks sank six 3-pointers in the first half for an 18-point halftime lead. The Eagles went on a 20-11 run in the fourth period but the damage done by their earlier cold shooting was too much. Key stat: Brentwood made only one-third of its shots, including 22 missed layups. Quote: “We were just not finishing layups,” said BHS coach Kevin Kullum. “We’ve been having a problem with that this season. I think it’s concentration. We played hard, there was intensity, but … 22 missed layups. Ain’t much more you can say about it.” BHS leaders: Charles Jones, 31 points (11-26 FG); Jacob Menne, 10 points (4-8 FG), 3 blocks; Skylar Sappington, 16 rebounds, 10 points (4-11 FG), 7 assists, 3 steals; Justice Harris, 3 steals. LFL leaders: Montez McMath, 17 points, 12 rebounds; Jarmon Williams, 16 points.

Brentwood head coach Kevin Kullum wasn't happy with 22 missed layups against Lift for Life.
Brentwood head coach Kevin Kullum wasn’t happy with 22 missed layups against Lift for Life.

Brentwood’s results — 3-6 as of Jan. 10
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
Jan. 5: lost to Lift for Life 66-53
Upcoming:
Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.: host Crossroads (1-7)
Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.: at St. Pius X-Festus (4-9)
Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.: at Maplewood Richmond Heights (0-12)

Nigel Bracey in warmups before the game.
Nigel Bracey in warmups before the game.
Seth Winkleman shoots a layup before the Lift for Life game.
Seth Winkleman shoots a layup before the Lift for Life game.
Justice Harris in warmups before Lift for Life.
Justice Harris in warmups before Lift for Life.
Brentwood's starters remain seated before they're introduced to the crowd. They are (from left) Jordan McGehee, Jordon Tate, Charles Jones.
Brentwood’s starters (seated) await being introduced to the crowd by announcer Dan Williams Jan. 4 against Lift for Life. They are (from left) Skylar Sappington, Jordan McGehee, Jordon Tate, Charles Jones and Cade Jones.
Jordan McGehee is introduced.
Jordan McGehee is introduced.
Jordon Tate is introduced.
Jordon Tate gets hand slaps from teammates.
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Covered by DaVaughn Grandberry of Lift for Life, Cade Jones passes to Jordon Tate in the first quarter.
Brentwood cheerleaders keep up the energy in the second period.
Brentwood cheerleaders Isabella Zoellner (left) and Michaela Anderson keep up the energy in the second period.
Jacob Menne shoots over Jarmon Williams in the second period.
Jacob Menne shoots over Jarmon Williams in the second period. Menne scored 10 points.
Jordan McGehee defends against a shot.
Jordan McGehee tries to disrupt a shot.
Justice Harris runs the offense in the fourth period. He made three steals against Lift for Life.
Justice Harris runs the offense in the fourth period. He made three steals against Lift for Life.
Kameron Kullum comes down with a rebound in the fourth period.
Kameron Kullum comes down with a rebound in the fourth period.
Jordon Tate gets by Jarmon Williams for a field goal attempt.
Jordon Tate gets by Jarmon Williams for a field goal attempt.
Aro Ntatin chases Nigel Ferrell.
Aro Ntatin chases Nigel Ferrell.
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Charles Jones flies to the hoop in the fourth quarter.
Cade Jones completes a layup in the second period.
Cade Jones completes a layup in the second period.
Skylar Sappington eyes the net.
Skylar Sappington eyes the net.
Aro Ntatin attempts to shoot over DaVaughn Grandberry.
Aro Ntatin attempts to shoot over DaVaughn Grandberry.
Brentwood cheerleaders lead a cheer during a timeout in the second quarter.
Brentwood cheerleaders lead a cheer during a timeout in the second quarter.
Jacob Menne's long reach is an obstacle for Lift for Life's Nigel Ferrell.
Jacob Menne (50) and Jordon Tate (24) try to stop Nigel Ferrell from scoring. Menne blocked three shots in the game.
Billy Flynn plays defense against Lift for Life in the junior varsity game, which the Hawks also won.
Billy Flynn plays defense against Lift for Life in the junior varsity game, which the Hawks also won.
Tommy Lundt puts up a shot in the JV game.
Tommy Lundt puts up a shot in the JV game.
Daniel Doebber shoots in the JV game.
Daniel Doebber shoots in the junior varsity game.
Quinn McClure defends his goal in the junior varsity game.
Quinn McClure defends his goal in the JV contest.
Courtland Hill fires a jump shot in the JV contest.
Courtland Hill fires a jump shot over two defenders in the JV contest.
Point guard Kadar Young brings the ball across center court in the JV contest.
Point guard Kadar Young brings the ball across center court.
Charlie Trieu plays defense in the junior varsity game.
Charlie Trieu plays defense in the junior varsity game.

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