What was the difference for Brentwood in their rematch with Pacific Hills?
“Ountae Campbell,” said head coach Ryan Bailey.
Campbell, who didn’t play in the first time around, was one of the centerpieces in their 81-71 victory over Pacific Hills Monday night. With the victory Brentwood moved into first place in the Alpha league.
Two days after hitting a game-winning shot against Rolling Hills Prep, Campbell returned back to his roots of shutting down opposing players.
The sophomore had the task of guarding Noman Wright, one of Pacific Hills tremendous guards, and limited to six points in the first half. Wright finished the game with 12 points.
“With him in the game Leland [King] can be around the basket more,” Bailey continued.”When he stepped on campus as a freshman and I saw him play defense, he was our defensive leader from then.”
King appreciated Campbell’s effort with a double-double scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
“He was a huge presence,”King said “It allowed me to stay down low, block more shots, and rebound a lot more.”
That was notice right from the tip-off when the Eagles opened the game on a 13-0 run. Tra Holder was the main orchestrator of that, going a perfect four for four from the field in that span.
“I just wanted to play up-tempo and find my teammates,” Holder said.
Campbell said the team was focused going into the game, especially after their first meeting where Pacific Hills won 75-71.
“Our mindset was go after them with no fears, play our game, and we will win,” said Campbell who finished with 12 points.
They certainly played their game as they took a 59-44 halftime lead.
They went after the Bruins, starting the second half on a 6-0 run. The no fear showed when Holder took it the length of the floor for a lay-up after Pacific Hills had scored midway through the third quarter. Holder finished with 25 points and five assists.
A fourth quarter push by Pacific Hills cut the deficit to six, but Maxwell Kupchak made a three-pointer to briefly halt the rally.
Pacific Hills continued their assault making it 68-64 with 3 minutes 31 seconds left in the game, but Holder responded with a pair of clutch free throws for Brentwood and the Bruins would not get any closer.
Marcus Jackson and Jahmel Taylor finished in double figures for Pacific Hills.