BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Bruins have prided themselves on being one of the top defensive teams in the state all season long. Tuesday night was no different.
The Bruins’ defensive prowess was on full display as they shut down the visiting Independence Eagles in a 59-29 home victory to close out the regular season.
Now Brentwood sets their sights on repeating as district champions. They enter the district tournament as the No. 2 seed and host No. 7 seed Page on Friday night in the quarterfinals. Independence will play Spring Hill on Thursday for the chance to play No. 1 seed Franklin on Friday night.
“It was a big win for our seniors, who have given a lot for this program and are just great men,” I’m really proud of our defensive effort, we wanted to challenge their shooters and make them work for everything and we did that.”
The Bruins (21-6, 12-3 District 11 I-AAA) held the Eagles (8-16, 4-11) to single digit points in each of the first three quarters of play. But Independence hit a low point in the third quarter as Brentwood scored 14 unanswered points to start the second half while holding the Eagles to just two points for the quarter.
It was a very balanced offensive effort for Brentwood with four Bruins scoring in double digits. Power forwards Cole Massey and Ben Mills each scored 11 points while guards Harry Lackey and Joey McPherson pitched in 10 points for Brentwood.
“It was a special win for us,” McPherson said. “Our defense came out strong and that really helped us get off to a good start. But it’s huge to get a ‘W’ going into district play and hopefully we can carry this over to Friday.”
Brentwood (59): Cole Massey 11, Ben Mills 11, Harry Lackey 10, Joey McPherson 10, Jon Franklin Burks 4, Preston Moore 4, John Windley 4, Mason Redner 3, Evan Drennan 2
Independence (29): Preston Garner 8, Jack Sisson 7, Hrishi Salitri 3, Noah Crook 2, Noah Morison 2, Zach Melton 2, Connor Rudolph 2, Graham Ries 2, Justin Miles 1