Boys Rout Crossroads in First League Test

Cade Jones covers Jim Smith of Crossroads on Jan. 12 at Brentwood High School. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Cade Jones covers Gabe Felsher of Crossroads on Jan. 12 at Brentwood High School. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

But loss to St. Pius drops Eagles to 4-7

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

The Brentwood High School boys basketball team finally faced an opponent that is struggling. The Eagles had lost five games in a row, four to teams with winning records, when they tipped off Jan. 12 against Crossroads, 1-7.

Ninety minutes later, the Current was 1-8. Brentwood went on a 15-4 tear in the second quarter and kept it up, winning by 24 at BHS. There wasn’t exactly champagne in the locker room afterward but you could tell the team was enjoying itself.

“As you can see, everybody is smiling after this game,” said forward Charles “Butters” Jones.

Charles Jones attacks Crossroads along the baseline.
Charles Jones attacks Crossroads near the baseline. He scored 20 points.

It was one of those games where it seemed everybody on the team had at least one highlight, and in front of a home crowd. All 10 Eagles scored and five had at least seven rebounds. Justice Harris contributed four steals and Nigel Bracey three blocks. Even the team leaders did more than usual – not just 20 points from Jones and 12 assists from Skylar Sappington, but double-digit rebounds from each.

Sappington is normally content to dish out assists but on one play he brought the crowd to life with a fancy move to the basket.

“I did a spin move and was ready to shoot but then a couple people came up and were going to block it so I had to kind of move around and make a layup,” said Sappington.

“Oh, that was sweet,” said Jones. “Call it the oop-dee-doop.”

Skylar Sappington goes in for 2 against Crossroads.
Skylar Sappington goes in for 2 against Crossroads.

The win made BHS 1-0 in the South Central Athletic Association Conference, as is Valley Park. Hancock is 2-1.

“It’s good to get back on track,” said Sappington. “All those teams we played made us better and I think that showed tonight.”

Added Seth Winkleman, “It feels good to win. We’ve lost a couple in a row and it feels good to get back in it.”

Crossroads doesn't challenge Seth Winkleman's jump shot.
Seth Winkleman shoots a jumper against Crossroads.

Two nights after Crossroads, Brentwood lost by 15 at St. Pius X. But while the Eagles have dropped six of their past seven, four of their next five opponents have losing records.

Kameron Kullum covers Jim Smith of Crossroads.
Kameron Kullum covers Ethan Lutjens of Crossroads.

Jan. 14: lost at St. Pius X 58-43
Key stat: Brentwood had one more rebound than Pius but 12 more turnovers. BHS leaders: Charles Jones, 14 points; Skylar Sappington, 11 points. SPX leaders: Tryson Thornton, 23 points; James Reed, 12 rebounds.

Nigel Bracey shoots over a cluster of Crossroads players.
Nigel Bracey shoots over Ethan Lutjens of Crossroads.

Jan. 12: beat Crossroads 54-30
Charles Jones scored 11 points in a 15-4 run in the second quarter that had Crossroads down by 16 at halftime. Key stats: Brentwood made 19 steals and blocked 12 shots. BHS leaders: Charles Jones, 20 points (9-17 FG), 10 rebounds; Skylar Sappington, 12 assists, 11 rebounds, 4 steals; Jordon Tate, 9 points (4-8 FG); Nigel Bracey, 3 blocks; Justice Harris, 4 steals. Crossroads leader: Gabe Felsher, 10 points.

For the first time in decades, the Brentwood High School pep band performs from the band room during a basketball game. The room opens to a balcony that overlooks the gym but the hinged doors to the balcony have been sealed shut for years. The doors were opened for the Jan. 12 boys and girls games with Crossroads. The band's director, Grant Krener, is at the bottom in a black shirt.
For the first time in decades, the Brentwood High School pep band performs from the band room during a basketball game. The room opens to a balcony that overlooks the gym but the hinged doors to the balcony have been sealed shut for years. The doors were opened for the Jan. 12 boys and girls games with Crossroads. The band’s director, Grant Krener, is at the bottom of the photo.

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Brentwood’s results — 4-7 as of Jan. 17
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
Jan. 12: beat Crossroads 54-30
Jan. 14: lost to St. Pius X-Festus 58-43
Upcoming:
Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.: at Maplewood Richmond Heights (1-12)
Jan. 20, 6:30 p.m.: host Whitfield (12-3)
Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.: host Hancock (6-8)
Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.: at Bayless (1-13)
Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m.: host Trinity (4-9)
Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m.: host Valley Park (10-2)

The B"HS cheerleaders perform during a timeout in the game with Crossroads.
The BHS cheerleaders perform during a timeout in the boys game with Crossroads.
Aro Ntatin covers Jim Smith of Crossroads.
Aro Ntatin covers Gabe Felsher of Crossroads.
Jordan McGehee is introduced before the Crossroads game.
Jordan McGehee is introduced before the Crossroads game.
Justice Harris tries to get the ball from Jim Smith of Crossroads.
Justice Harris tries to get the ball from Ethan Lutjens of Crossroads.
Jordon Tate shoots against Crossroads.
Jordon Tate shoots between Ethan Lutjens (left) and Gabe Felsher.
Cade Jones is introduced before the Crossroads game.
Cade Jones is introduced before the Crossroads game.
Justice Harris chases a ball into the bleachers.
Justice Harris chases a ball into the bleachers.
Charles Jones shoots through a crowd.
Charles Jones shoots through a crowd.
Skylar Sappington banks the ball against the backboard.
Skylar Sappington banks the ball against the backboard.
Jordan McGehee covers Jim Smith of Crossroads.
Jordan McGehee covers Peter Hamilton of Crossroads.
Cheerleaders perform at the Crossroads game.
Brentwood cheerleaders perform at the Crossroads game.
Nigel Bracey tries to position himself for a rebound.
Nigel Bracey tries to position himself for a rebound between Peter Hamilton (left) and Ethan Lutjens.
Justice Harris shoots against Crossroads.
Justice Harris shoots over Peter Hamilton of Crossroads.
Seth Winkleman looks for an open teammate.
Covered by Donovan Aguayo-Craig, Seth Winkleman looks for an open teammate.
Aro Ntatin sails in for a layup.
Aro Ntatin sails in for a layup.
Jordon Tate (left) fights for a loose ball.
Jordon Tate (left) fights for a loose ball.
Kameron Kullum launches a shot over Jim Smith of Crossroads.
Kameron Kullum launches a shot over Gabe Felsher of Crossroads.

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