BRENTWOOD – The Franklin High boys basketball team had dropped 11 straight games to rival Brentwood heading into Friday night’s District 11-AAA matchup.
The Rebels wouldn’t be denied this time. Garrison Mathews made sure of that.
Mathews tallied a team-high 28 points for Franklin (12-8, 5-2 11-AAA), leading the visiting Rebels to a 60-47 victory over district-leading Brentwood.
“It felt like 38,” Brentwood coach Dennis King said. “He has never been on a team that has beaten Brentwood — he’s started since the ninth grade — and tonight was his night. He was superb.”
Brentwood (18-4, 6-1), playing without injured starters Tanner Tapp and Ahmad Arnold, held a 33-31 advantage early in the third quarter. That’s around the time senior Grant Teichmann was whistled for his fourth personal foul, though — a call that confined him to the bench for most of the second half — and the already shorthanded Bruins simply couldn’t rally.
“We’re cobbling together a team now,” King said. “Two guys that started 17 games at the post (are out), and Jalen (Lawson) was about half a player tonight. … To beat a team like that with size, it has to be our quickness, and we just couldn’t put quickness out there to disrupt them.”
Tiechmann, who scored 14 points in the first half, finished with a team-high 16.
“It’s tough to win this kind of game with Grant Tiechmann playing half a game,” King added.
Lawson notched 12 for Brentwood, while senior Linden Hardee added six.
Mathews, a Lipscomb signee, closed out the third quarter with a powerful one-handed dunk, seizing momentum and a 41-40 edge for his team. Later in the fourth, the 6-foot-5 senior buried a contested 3-pointer to spot Franklin its first double-digit lead, all but sealing the win.
“It was huge,” Mathews said. “I knew once we got the crowd hyped up it was going to be tough for them to come back.”
Said Franklin coach Jamie Wilson, “He stepped up. You’ve got to give credit not only to him, but also his teammates because his teammates are doing a great job putting him in position to make great plays.”
Junior Corbin Shepherd finished with nine points on three 3-pointers for Franklin and senior James Dutton added eight.
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