But loss to St. Pius drops Eagles to 4-7
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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)