Brentwood turns around tournament fortunes, earns a spot in sectionals

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:19am

The alarm clock has sounded loudly for the Brentwood Bruins, who dozed through the district tournament.

No such doldrums this week.

The wakeup call came none too soon for Brentwood, which used a 62-43 romp over McGavock on Tuesday to roll into the Region 6-AAA boys final for the third straight year.

The Bruins (27-4), after going 0-2 in the district tournament, get a rematch with Hillsboro in Thursday’s championship. The Burros held off scrappy Ravenwood 52-48 in the second game of semifinal night at Independence High.

In two tournament games this week, Brentwood beat the 12-AAA tournament champion, (Hunters Lane) then the regular season champion (McGavock).

For Cody Shelton, the postseason resurgence is especially meaningful.

Battling through a torn meniscus r much of the season, he returned recently and appears back to his old self. The 6-foot-5 senior scored a game-high 16 points and rifled in two 3-pointer threes from the corner in the fourth quarter, putting the Bruins on easy street.

"I'm almost back to where I was before,'' Shelton said after the game. "Sometimes, I've just played through the pain. I wanted to do everything I could my senior year, and it's really great to get back to the region championship game.''

Said coach Dennis King: "It would have been easy for Cody to just pack it in and concentrate just on baseball. We've been careful with him, he doesn't go through some of the strenuous drills in practice, and we haven't been starting him. He may be the best No. 6 in the state.

"It feels really good to be in sectionals for the third straight year. We had a tough go last week in district, but it looks like we have refocused.''

Asa Duvall added 13 for the Bruins who won two regular season games against Hillsboro but lost to the Burros in the district tournament.

Hillsboro jumped to a 23-11 lead over Ravenwood but had to fight off a furious fourth-quarter rally to advance.

Trailing 50-48, the Raptors missed a 3-pointer in the final minute, then missed two shots from in close, including a layup by center Joey Barnes that would have tied it with 44 seconds left.

Still, after Hillsboro missed two free throws, Ravenwood again had a chance to tie in the final seconds. Hillsboro tipped away an inlet pass and B.J. Fleming nailed two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to seal it.

"Once the pass got tipped, I wound up with the ball and got fouled,'' Fleming said. "As a senior, I knew I had to step up, make the free throws and help my team win. It feels good to get to finals and to be a big part of it.''

Fleming led Hillsboro with 13 points, Brandon Cody had 12. Jamontae Davis added 11 points, including a windmill dunk, which gave Hillsboro the lead for good at 9-7.

"We had some guys step up when we really needed them to,'' coach Rodney Thweatt said. “It feels great -- just great.''

Antioch and Brentwood High play for the girls region title Wednesday. It is a rematch of last year's final, which Antioch won.

• Christ Presbyterian Academy and East Nashville won their semifinal games In the Region 5-AA tournament at Vol State in Gallatin and will meet for the fourth time in the finals Thursday.

CPA (31-2) thumped Pearl-Cohn 66-42 as Jalen Lindsey and Jake Allsmiller each scored 15 points, with Allsmiller scoring all his points by knocking down five 3-pointers. East beat Goodpasture 71-53.

Region tournaments

Region 6-AAA
(at Independence High)

Wednesday’s girls final
Antioch vs. Brentwood High, 7 p.m.

Thursday’s boys final
Brentwood vs. Hillsboro, 7 p.m.

Region 5-AA
(at Vol State, Gallatin)

Wednesday’s girls final
Christ Presbyterian Academy vs. Macon County, 7 p.m.

Thursday’s boys final
East Nashville vs. Christ Presbyterian Academy, 7 p.m.

Region 5-A
(at Eagleville High)

Wednesday’s girls final
Nashville Christian School vs. Moore County

Division II-AA State tournament
(at Lipscomb Allen Arena)

Thursday’s semifinals
Girls: 10 a.m.—Brentwood Academy vs. Briarcrest; 1:15 p.m.—Harpeth Hall vs. Ensworth.
Boys: 11:30 a.m.—Father Ryan vs. Briarcrest; 2:45 p.m.—MBA vs. Ensworth.

Saturday’s finals
Girls, 9 a.m.
Boys, 11 a.m.

Division II-A State tournament
(at Lipscomb Allen Arena)

Friday’s semifinals
Girls: 10 a.m.—SBEC vs. Franklin Road Academy; 1:15 p.m.—University School of Nashville vs. Webb.
Boys: 11:30 a.m.—Lausanne vs. Franklin Road Academy; 2:45 – ECS vs. Webb.

Saturday’s finals
Girls, 1 p.m.
Boys, 3 p.m.

1 Comment on this post:

By: 4gold on 2/28/13 at 7:49

Yea Green Yea Gold Yea team lets go! Remember that from the 70's? Go Burros!

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!