Trailing by two points with 15 seconds left in the game without Leland King or Tra Holder, Brentwood knew someone had to rise to the occasion.
That person was Ountae Campbell.
Known more for misdirecting shots than making them, Campbell sunk a three-pointer that gave the Eagles the lead and eventually the 51-50 victory over Rolling Hills Prep at the Fairfax State Preview Classic.
“I just kind of kept the ball and it went in,” said Campbell, who had 11 points and three rebounds.
King did not play because of SAT’s and Holder suffered a minor ankle injury that kept him out of play, and no one came up bigger than Campbell in that situation.
“Ountae plays with a lot of confidence and I have a lot of confidence in him,” Brentwood head coach Ryan Bailey said “He’s just a big time big shot player, he’s hit some big shots for us in the past.”
Maybe it was the early 9;30 a.m. tip-off time that threw the Eagles off, but the resiliency they showed after losing the lead midway in the fourth quarter was that of a maturing team.
Max Shapiro who had 13 points and six rebounds had the duty of guarding 6’11 Jimbo Lull. The center was frustrated all game by Shapiro’s aggressive defense as the undersized Eagles held him to only 6 points. Shapiro credits it to his hard work in practice.
“I have to play against Leland everyday in practice, so that helps me so much,” Shapiro said “So when I get out here it’s easy.”
Maxwell Kupchak, son of Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak, was the only other player in double-figures for Brentwood with 11 points.
Eric Ambrose and Grant Kitani each had 14 points for Rolling Hills Prep (14-8).
The Eagles (19-2) trailed by four points with 4:45 left in the game before their rally.
Brentwood plays Pacific Hills tomorrow in a key Alpha League matchup as both teams are tied for first place in the conference. Pacific Hills took the first meeting 75-71.
– Wayne Neal
Other games at the Fairfax State Preview Classic…
Windward 86, Alemany 72
Jordan Wilson seemed unable to miss any shots has he scored 33 points and hit seven three-point baskets for Windward in a surprisingly easy victory over Alemany.
Wilson understood how important the victory was for possible playoff seeding.
“It was a huge win. They are one of the top four or five teams in our division,” said Wilson.
Charles Dawson had 17 points for the Wildcats (14-8).
Brandon Boyd was the leading scorer for Alemenay (14-9) with 18 points. KJ Moffett had 17 points and Bear Henderson added 16 points.
Windward led by as much as 31 points in the game.