.500 Remains Elusive but Boys Lead League

Skylar Sappington dribbles against Trinity's press on Jan. 27 at BHS. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Skylar Sappington dribbles against Trinity’s Marcus Washington on Jan. 27 at BHS. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Eagles stay step ahead of Valley Park in South Central

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

The Brentwood High School boys basketball team stayed unbeaten in its league with a lopsided victory over Crossroads last week.

The Eagles are 4-0 in the South Central AA Conference with four league games remaining. So far they’ve beaten second-place Valley Park by 16 points, fourth-place Bayless by 21 and fifth-place Crossroads (twice) by 32 and 24. They must still play third-place Hancock twice, Valley Park once and Bayless once.

In other words, the conference title is still up in the air. The Valley Park game will be away and the Hawks are 14-3. Hancock is 10-9, though it lost twice to Valley Park by more than 16. Brentwood can play well or it can shoot 14 percent from 2-point range like it did last week in a 13-point loss to Principia, 4-15.

If the Eagles can conquer Hancock, their Feb. 16 game at Valley Park might decide whether they win the league title outright or have to share it with the Hawks.

Skylar Sappington leads the St. Louis area in assists per game, with 9.41, and he’s No. 9 in steals. Charles “Butters” Jones’s 19.6 points a game is 20th best in St. Louis.

Charles Jones lays in a basket against Trinity.
Charles Jones delivers the ball to the net against Trinity.

South Central AA Conference as of Feb. 7
Brentwood 4-0
Valley Park 4-1
Hancock 3-2
Bayless 2-4
Crossroads 0-6

Nigel Bracey shoots in the Trinity game.
Nigel Bracey shoots over Trinity’s Jayson Powell.

Feb. 4: lost to Principia 52-39
The score was tied at halftime but Brentwood slipped behind by 6 in the third period before surrendering 24 points in the fourth. Key stat: The Eagles shot a suicidal 14 percent from 2-point range. Combined, their top three scorers went 9-for-58. BHS leaders: Charles Jones, 15 points (5-27 FG); Jordon Tate, 9 rebounds; Skylar Sappington, 11 assists, 3 steals; Jordan McGehee, 3 steals, 3 blocks; Jacob Menne, 3 blocks. Principia leader: Max Bowen, 21 points (7-13 FG), 10 rebounds.

Kameron Kullum covers a Trinity player.
Kameron Kullum covers Vernon Matthews of Trinity.

Feb. 2: beat Crossroads 60-28
Brentwood took control with an 18-2 run in the first quarter and never looked back. Key stat: The Eagles outrebounded the Current 58-18. BHS leaders: Charles Jones, 17 points (8-18 FG), 3 steals; Skylar Sappington, 12 points (4-10 FG), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals; Cade Jones, 10 rebounds, 3 steals. Crossroads leader: Gabe Felsher, 20 points (7-17 FG), 5 rebounds.

Jordan McGehee scores against Trinity.
Jordan McGehee shoots before Vernon Matthews (left) can challenge him.

Brentwood’s results — 7-10 as of Feb. 7
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
Feb. 2: beat Crossroads 60-28
Feb. 4: lost to Principia 52-39
Upcoming:
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

Cade Jones brings the ball up the floor against Trinity.
Cade Jones brings the ball up the floor against Trinity.
Jacob Menne releases a jump shot in the Trinity game.
Jacob Menne releases a free throw in the Trinity game.
Justice Harris positions himself for a rebound during a free throw.
Justice Harris positions himself for a rebound between Earl Childress (left) and Maurice Willis.
Aro Ntatin covers Jim Smith of Trinity.
Aro Ntatin covers Chris Newton of Trinity.
Brentwood's cheerleaders at the Trinity game.
Brentwood’s cheerleaders at the Trinity game.
Jordon Tate is introduced before the Trinity game.
Jordon Tate is introduced before the Trinity game.
Skylar Sappington shoots over Jim Smith of Trinity.
Skylar Sappington shoots over Isaiah Williams of Trinity.
Jacob Menne blocks a Trinity player's shot.
Jacob Menne blocks a Trinity player’s shot.
Cade Jones releases a layup.
Cade Jones releases a layup above defenders Maurice Willis (35) and Jayson Powell (1).
Charles Jones fights to keep the ball while Jacob Menne falls backward in the Trinity game.
Charles Jones fights to keep the ball while Jacob Menne gets pushed backward. In on the play for Trinity are (from left) Maurice Willis, Chris Newton and Marcus Washington.
Charles Jones shoots over a Trinity player.
Charles Jones shoots over Chris Newton of Trinity.
Justice Harris (right) cover a Trinity player.
Justice Harris (right) covers Marcus Washington.

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