Brentwood’s boys didn’t appear too fatigued Saturday, defeating La Vergne 69-67 in the Chick-Fil-A Classic for the Bruins’ fifth straight victory and second in as many days.
With the score tied 28-28 at halftime, Brentwood outscored La Vergne 20-10 in the third quarter to pull away and outlasted a strong offensive push by the Wolverines in the fourth quarter.
“It’s tough to play these weekend games on consecutive days,” Brentwood coach Dennis King said about his team, which defeated Mt. Juliet on Friday night. “It took us a half to get on track and get used to their quickness. I was very proud that our guys jumped out to that 10-point advantage after the half and kept the lead.”
Despite being outscored 29-21 by La Vergne (8-5) in the fourth quarter, Brentwood (13-1) held its lead by going 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Jacob Adcock, led Brentwood with 15 points, including 6-of-7 from the line.
“We focus on free throws every day in practice,” Adcock said. “We’ve been in a lot of close games throughout the season so everything today came naturally for all of us. We’ve experienced these situations and knew how to handle them.”
Brentwood held its largest lead of the game at 59-45 with 3:37 remaining before La Vergne went on a 17-6 run capped off by Marquis Johns’ 3-pointer with 44 seconds left.
Johns scored 11 points of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, including three 3-pointers. JJ Horner led La Vergne with 19 points.
Ahead 65-61 in the final minute, Brentwood’s Adcock and Grant Teichmann each hit a pair of free throws to secure the victory.
“It’s a tough defensive matchup to face,” King said of La Vergne’s offense. “When you guard the outside, they drive through the paint. When you push them around in the paint, they hit shots from the outside. It’s basically a ‘pick your poison’ situation. They’re a very talented bunch and we’re very fortunate they weren’t able to score two more points.”