STORY BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTOS BY ANDY COLLIGNON
It’s never fun when you’re sick, and it’s even less fun to get back in the routine of things after you’re out.
For Brentwood Academy sophomore guard Randy Brady, last weekend was not one for the books, it was one for the bed.
The four-star prospect missed last weekend’s Next Level Hoops Fest with illness, but came back strong Friday night in BA’s 73-44 home victory over Pope John Paul II.
“I think he got a little winded early,” head coach Hubie Smith said about his budding star’s return. “I took him out a couple times just because I could tell he was winded, because it’s his first game since December…it’s been over two weeks.
“As soon as the second quarter [rolled around], he was fine, and he played really great in the second quarter.”
Brady had 20 points in the victory.
“It’s hard coming back from sickness,” Brady said. “You know, you miss those days. You’re not really running, you get out of shape a little bit. But once I got back in the groove, I thought I started to feel back like I was normal.”
The Eagles have struggled to put its full squad together all season, though that hasn’t registered in the win-loss column. The team is 11-3 overall and opens district play with a win.
Forward and power-five football prospect Devyn Curtis is potentially expected back to action next week after missing the season thus far, per Smith.
“He’ll make a big difference after a couple weeks after he gets back,” Smith said.
The Eagles will face a quick turnaround as they head down to Saturday’s Memphis Hoopfest at Briarcrest Christian to face off against Meadowcreek (GA). Tip-off is at 2:00 p.m.