Eagles Atop League After Upsetting Hawks

Brentwood's Jacob Menne blocks a shot by Trinity's Jim Smith last week at Brentwood High School.
Brentwood’s Jacob Menne blocks a shot by Trinity’s Zachary Nobles on Jan. 27 at Brentwood High School. Menne had two blocks, eight rebounds and 13 points but Trinity won the game. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Menne’s rebounding, Sappington’s shooting lead the way

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

The Brentwood High School boys basketball team, who earlier this season lost seven of eight games, is in first place in its conference.

The Eagles are 6-9 overall but have won the important ones. Last week they destroyed Bayless by 21 points and Valley Park by 16 to stay undefeated, 3-0, in the league. Dominating Bayless, 2-17, is nothing to write home about but conquering Valley Park is. The Hawks came to Brentwood Friday on a six-game win streak and with a record of 12-2, 3-0 in the South Central.

The game was tight at first but the Eagles built a 10-point lead in the second and third quarters and held the Hawks to 8 points in the fourth. They kept leading scorers Ryan Courtney and freshman guard Jeramy Shaw below their averages.

But the biggest key was that Brentwood dominated rebounding, 55-26, thanks to Jacob Menne, Skylar Sappington and Jordon Tate. Menne’s hands were everywhere, with 14 boards and four blocks. The air superiority allowed the Eagles a 64-37 edge on 2-point field goal attempts.

BHS’s leading scorer Charles Jones sank just one-third of his field-goal attempts but Skylar Sappington made up for it with a season-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting.

Skylar Sappington shoots above Trinity's Isaiah Williams.
Skylar Sappington shoots above Trinity’s Isaiah Williams. He contributed 10 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.
Charles Jones glides past Trinity's Torrence Triplett on the way to the net.
Charles Jones glides past Trinity’s Vernon Matthews on the way to the net. He led the Eagles with 16 points.

South Central AA Conference as of Jan. 31
Brentwood 3-0
Valley Park 3-1
Hancock 2-1
Bayless 1-3
Crossroads 0-4

With the Brentwood basketball team behind her, sophomore Nija Price sings the National Anthem before the Trinity game last week.
With the Brentwood basketball team behind her, sophomore Nija Price sings the National Anthem before the Trinity game last week.

Brentwood’s results — 6-9 as of Feb. 1
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. 21: lost to MRH 51-48
Jan. 26: beat Bayless 81-60
Jan. 27: lost to Trinity 66-58
Jan. 29: beat Valley Park 66-50
Upcoming:
Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.: at Crossroads
Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.: at Principia
Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m.: at Hancock
Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: at John Burroughs
Feb. 11, 6 p.m.: at Cleveland NJROTC
Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.: host Bayless
Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: at Valley Park
Feb. 17, 7 p.m.: host Hancock (senior night)
Class 3, District 4 playoffs not yet determined

Jordan McGehee is introduced before the Trinity game.
Jordan McGehee is introduced before the Trinity game.
Nigel Bracey fires a jump shot against Trinity.
Nigel Bracey fires a jump shot against Trinity.
BHS cheerleader Sydney Moreno gets ready to jump . . .
BHS cheerleader Sydney Moreno gets ready to jump . . .

SJB_3302 Cheerleaders

Kameron Kullum challenges Chris Newton's shot.
Kameron Kullum challenges Chris Newton’s shot.
Justice Harris gets ahead of Trinity's Maurice Willis for a layup.
Justice Harris gets ahead of Trinity’s Maurice Willis for a layup.
Jordon Tate shoots from inside.
Jordon Tate shoots from inside.
Aro Ntatin tries to beat the Trinity press.
Aro Ntatin tries to beat the Trinity press.
Cade Jones shoots from the corner, over Trinity's Vernon Matthews.
Cade Jones shoots from the corner, over Trinity’s Vernon Matthews (11) and Jayson Powell.
Assistant coach Dennis Buckley talks during a timeout against Trinity. Head coach Kevin Kullum (yellow shirt) and Dan assistant Dan Williams (far right) look on.
Assistant coach Dennis Buckley talks during a timeout in the Trinity game. Head coach Kevin Kullum (yellow shirt) and assistant Dan Williams (far right) look on.
Brentwood's cheerleaders keep the energy high during a timeout.
Shouting a cheer during a timeout are Brentwood cheerleaders (from left) Isabella Zoellner, Michaela Anderson, Mackenzie Baum and Rebecca Walthall.

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