Brentwood Basketball passes first tough test
The Senior Boys basketball team passed their first true test when they met Cedar High School on Tuesday night. Both teams have been rated amoung the the top teams in the province in pre-season polls and thus the game was an important contest for both squads. Brentwood jumped to a first quarter lead (21-11) with a well-balanced attack coupled with a tenacious defensive effort and sustained this momentum to lead 40-24 at the half. Valuable minutes from Andre, Ian, Johannes, Jason, Seb, and Steve allowed the starting rotation some valuable rest, a factor that would pay dividends during the latter stages of the fourth quarter. Ben defended his opposite number very effectively in the post. The Cedar team, who have established a proud tradition within their program over the past decade, clawed their way back into the game, outscoring Brentwood 24-18 during the third quarter. Foul troubles hampered Brentwood's effectiveness and enabled Cedar to close the gap.
The final ten minutes produced some intense and physical basketball and it was the calm and measured contributions of Sam, Ray, and Dave that secured an important win for the squad. Dave enjoyed a particularly good outing, collecting 31 points and 11 rebounds, Ray added 15 points and 10 assists and Seb worked very hard on both ends of the floor. There is little doubt that a healthy rivalry has developed between the two schools and future match-ups will undoubtedly be highly competitve and entertaining. Final score: Brentwood 76, Cedar 64. The team continues tournament play on Thursday when they meet Esquimalt High School, surprise winners over highly touted Oak Bay High School. Tip off is at 2:30 pm at Esquimalt.